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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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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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“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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