Tag Archives: Hearing

Five common fears of wearing hearing aids

Studies indicate untreated hearing loss increases health risks such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, social isolation, anxiety and depression. Given that information, you might think people with hearing loss would be flocking to their nearest hearing healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. Yet they aren’t. In fact, studies indicate most people wait seven to 10 years before doing something… Read More »

A tricky combination: Face masks, hearing loss and hearing aids

Face masks are now required in many public places to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. For people with hearing loss, though, this may be easier said than done.  That’s because face masks add extra challenges for people with hearing impairments: It’s harder to understand people when they’re speaking to you with a mask on their… Read More »

Is it safe to see an audiologist or hearing care provider during the pandemic? A checklist

If you’ve been putting off seeing an audiologist or hearing care specialist while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s understandable. Many Americans have chosen to delay non-emergency medical care while waiting for things to improve. At the same time, keep in mind that untreated hearing loss is not benign, and the longer you put off… Read More »

Which drugs cause hearing loss?

Many drugs cause side effects, including hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In fact, there are currently more more than 200 medications linked to hearing loss and balance disorders, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Medically, this is known as ototoxicity. (“Oto” means ear and “toxic” means harmful.) The severity of the hearing loss and tinnitus can vary widely,… Read More »