Newsletter  June 2019

Diabetic? Annual Hearing Tests a Must

Early diagnosis and intervention of hearing or listening related problems could help in providing better quality of life for individuals with diabetes.  Annual evaluation by cardiologists, Podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and others are considered as the "standard of care" for these individuals.  Annual audiological evaluation should be added to this list, reports the Hearing Review publication.

#1 Common type of Hearing Challenges

Trouble hearing people in a noisy resturant:
As we age one might have presbycusis, a type of gradual hearing loss caused by the death of hair cells in the cochlea, in your inner ear.  Those are the cells that translate sound vibrations into brain signals.

 

"The cochlea contains only 15,000 of these heair cells, and they don't regenerate," says Andrea Boldman, executive director of the Hearing Health Foundation, a research organization in New York.  "When they die, it becomes difficult for people to recognize certain sounds or to hear speech clearly."

Difficulty hearing in noisy places is often one of the first noticeable signs of heaing loss.  That's because filtering out background noise is a fairly complex process that requires precise auditory infput from both ears.  Quite conversaitons aren't quite so taxing.

How to fix it:

Although you can't repair damaged cells, you can prevent further loss by limiting your exposure to loud noises...Monica Okun, M.D. and ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York has advice for all: If others can hear your iPod while you are using earbuds, the music is too loud.
Remember "the latest technology effectively reduces background noise while simultaneously enhancing the ability to hear speech more clearly," says Ellen Finkelstein, chief audiologist at Eat Side Audiology in New York. "People can also hear voices that would be completely inaudible otherwise."
Reported by AARP

 

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