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Hearing loss and depression — is there a link?

July 1, 2022

We don’t need clinical evidence to understand that hearing loss can lead to depression. It's the transitive property of addition brought to life: if a=b and b=c, then a=c.      a. If you’re experiencing hearing loss, there’s a good chance you’ll purposefully minimize or avoid social situations (because hearing is a challenge which makes socializing less fun).       b. Avoiding social situations and interactions can lead to social isolation ...

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More people over 70 have hearing loss than don’t

June 16, 2022

As humans age, numerous things become inevitable. Our hair will gray. Our bones will weaken. Dinners will be eaten earlier. And our hearing abilities won’t be what they once were. In case seeing-it-with-your-own-eyes isn’t enough to convince you that this future holds true, statistics like today’s hearing fact should. Research shows that more than two-thirds of adults 70 and older have clinically meaningful hearing loss — meaning your odds of having hearing loss ...

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Enjoy hands-free phone conversations — using your hearing aids

June 1, 2022

Can you enjoy hands-free phone conversations with your current hearing aids? If those current hearing aids are Evolv AI, then the answer is yes! We’re excited to announce the newest feature in our already feature-packed Evolv AI hearing aids — 2-Way Audio. With 2-Way Audio, the microphone in your Evolv AI hearing aids pick up and can stream your voice directly back to your iPhone and iPad*. You’ve always been able to hear what ...

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Hearing aid use associated with positive cognitive health results

May 17, 2022

Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.” This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now — our own Dr. Archelle Georgiou even discussed it in a recent podcast. We know definitively that many potential “consequences” of untreated hearing loss — like social isolation and cognitive load — ¬are factors that increase the risk ...

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Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

May 4, 2022

Hearing loss can be caused by several different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, and even heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss. But there is a second, less common type of hearing loss, known as conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects the outer or middle ear rather than the auditory nerve, the way sensorineural hearing loss does. Conductive hearing loss ...

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The best place to get hearing aids

April 15, 2022

Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing healthcare professional. Today, the options have definitely gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores, and numerous new or unexpected companies now advertising hearing loss solutions. Here’s the thing, though — seeing a hearing professional is still the best way to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing ...

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Hearing loss can lead to social isolation

April 1, 2022

Loneliness and social isolation have been getting their fair share of attention lately. For good reason. Covid has made both more prevalent. And both are increasingly linked to numerous physical and mental health issues, including: • 50 percent increased risk of dementia • 32 percent increased risk of stroke • 29 percent increased risk of heart disease • Higher rates of depression and anxiety • Even earlier death Truth be told, as social creatures, humans just aren’t wired to ...

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How loud and for how long is key to avoiding noise-induced hearing damage

March 17, 2022

Exposure to loud noise is the second leading cause of hearing loss — after aging. It’s also one of the only causes that are preventable. We can’t do anything about aging or heredity. But we can minimize our exposure to noise, or at least take steps to protect our hearing. As a society, we’ve come a long way in taking hearing protection seriously. Ask an older adult about wearing hearing protection “back in ...

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Why can’t I hear well in the car?

March 4, 2022

When people find out I’m a hearing professional, they’ll often ask me some version of the following: “I can’t hear the kids in the backseat when we’re in the car. They’re trying to tell me about their day or ask me questions, but all I can do is nod and smile. Is there anything I can do to hear better in the car?” Hearing in the car is a very ...

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Untreated hearing loss leads to increased healthcare costs

February 18, 2022

For those who need convincing that hearing aids are worth the investment, today’s hearing statistic is one data point among many that should help convince you they are. A recent investigation on healthcare cost trends concluded that older adults with untreated hearing loss used healthcare services more — and subsequently spent more on healthcare — than peers without hearing loss over a 10-year period. A New York Times article noted that this 10-year increase amounted to ...

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