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Are hearing aids taboo?

May 10, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Examiner.com
LIFE | HEALTH & FITNESS | HEALTHCARE
May 9, 2016

 

Why is there such a stigma about hearing loss? Are hearing aids taboo? One in 3 people between the ages of 65 and 74 suffer from presbycusis; the slow loss of hearing as we age. The National Council on Aging suggests that those who do not wear hearing aids are 50% more likely to experience depression, anxiety, paranoia and balance issues and less likely to participate in organized social activities, compared to those who wear hearing aids. A new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that hearing loss may increase your risk of developing dementia. Several studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss are 3 times more likely to suffer falls than those without.

So why are there such a low percentage of seniors being tested? The average amount of time between noticing hearing loss and seeking treatment is 10 years. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) believes that the cost of hearing aids is one factor.

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USF receives $9 million NIH grant to study unique treatment for age-related hearing loss

March 29, 2016 in Community News, Research

 

News Medical 
March 17, 2016

Researchers in the University of South Florida’s Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research (GCHSR), recognized as the world’s top research center for age-related hearing loss, have received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study two unique ways to treat age-related hearing loss (ARHL).

According to Robert Frisina, Jr., USF professor and director of the GCHSR, ARHL is the number one communication disorder and most common neurodegenerative condition affecting older Americans, impacting more people than other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

Frisina says hearing loss can occur from many environmental reasons, but their focus is on age-related hearing loss.

“Permanent hearing loss, including ARHL, is estimated to affect 10 percent of the U.S. population,” said Frisina. “Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments for permanent hearing loss, including ARHL, despite its prevalence. While ARHL directly and negatively affects quality of life for older people, severe ARHL has also recently been linked to the earlier onset of dementia.”

Read more  . . .  USF Research

How to hear a whole lot better – Hearing Aids

May 6, 2014 in Community News

The Buffalo News
Published  May 5, 2014  
Link to Article

If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss – and that rate climbs steadily as you age, says Consumer Reports.

Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Most cases of hearing loss in adults stem from damage to the inner ear, where tiny hair cells turn sound vibrations into impulses that nerve cells then carry to the brain. The most common causes of that damage are aging and chronic exposure to loud noises – think rock concerts, sports events and lawn mowers. A family history of severe hearing loss could signal an increased risk. So does being male.

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Program on Maintaining Memory, Coping with Its Loss

February 26, 2013 in Community Events, Community News

Senior Services - Alexandria

Senior Resource Center Presents

A 2013 Speaker Series Event

 MAINTAINING MEMORY ANDCOPING WITH ITS LOSS

 Wednesday, March 13
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2701 Cameron Mills Road Alexandria, VA
(turn right on Monticello, just past the sanctuary, for parking)

Hear local experts talk about techniques to keep your memory sharp, important legal issues, and programs to support families, caregivers and those who struggle with memory loss

AARP
Arden Courts
Care Options
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Life & Estate Planning Law Center

 This event is FREE and open to the public!

Seating is limited!

Please RSVP online at www.seniorservicesalex.org
or by calling (703) 836 4414 ext. 10 


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