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If you were to ask anyone how they would feel about wearing hearing aids, I would guess many answers would resemble this statement: “if I wear hearing aids I’ll be thought of as old.” This stigma could be tied to the fact that 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 in America suffer from hearing loss. But if you really dig into the facts, hearing loss can affect anyone, at any time, no matter what age you are.


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All too often, as we age, we put off giving healthcare problems our full attention. Maybe we feel like “it’ll just go away” or maybe we don’t want to admit there could be something wrong. Whatever the reason, it’s time to take charge of our own health. Why is now any different? Because we know more! We now know that ignoring signs of hearing loss can have huge implications on brain function.


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Do you wear hearing aids? Let’s help make your hearing aids last longer and perform better! Annual hearing healthcare check-ups help your Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (BCHIS) or Audiologist (AuD) make sure you have the best hearing aid fit and technology updates to match your specific hearing loss. It’s important to pay attention to and invest time in following your hearing healthcare professional’s instructions for your hearing aid care.


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Over the past few decades we, as a society, have come to realize that hearing loss is a major health issue, one that can lead to an array of various other health issues. As a result, untreated hearing loss can become the baseline for extremely increased healthcare costs.

This and other relevant factors have caused Dr. Frank R. Lin (Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and his colleagues to work to connect the links between untreated hearing loss to other major health issues.


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Over the past few years, we’ve learned that hearing loss can be linked to other health issues as well. In addition to hearing loss being frustrating to the person living with untreated hearing loss, recent research from John Hopkins concluded that hearing loss is also linked to walking and balance problems, falls and even Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 


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“What is that annoying ringing in my ear(s)?!” or “Oh! I lost the hearing in my ear(s) again!” Chances are, if you have said either of these common phrases, you probably have a hearing loss of some kind.  In fact, medical research in the past few years has shown that people who have tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss.

Hearing loss has many differing causes and severities.  Some people living with hearing loss experience a small or narrow band of sound frequencies as the result of a minor injury to the inner ear. In these cases, the injury may not result in hearing loss, aside from the Tinnitus or ringing ears experienced. However, for the majority of Tinnitus cases, hearing loss is the underlying issue.


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Any Audiologist or hearing health professional will tell a person experiencing hearing loss that it’s important to get hearing help. It’s as simple as that. From a subtle hearing loss to a severe hearing loss, maintaining good hearing health is the base you need to live a long, healthy brain life. There are so many statistics out there explaining the importance of treating hearing loss, especially in connection to long-term brain health. But, what about hearing aids? Do hearing aids really help improve brain health? The answer is yes. 


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Considering the staggering statistics (750 million adults worldwide) of people living with hearing loss across the globe, the signs of hearing loss have never been more important to know. In fact, hearing loss has become such a wide-spread health issue in the past decade, top researchers at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and The National Health & Retirement Study have produced study results concluding that untreated hearing loss and prolonged hearing loss may result in mental (psychological and cognitive) and social problems that affect quality of life, as well as brain function and various health conditions.


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