Hidden Risk Factors Associated With Hearing Loss

Did you know that your hearing health has a direct effect on your overall health?NuEar December 2015 Blog Post

Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons. Some causes can be natural and others would surprise you. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. Another reason is as people age, they may begin to lose their hearing as a result of the natural aging process.

There are also medical reasons for hearing loss like viruses, bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medicines. New studies have revealed some surprising causes as well, like diabetes or hypertension.

It is important to educate yourself on what these causes may be and also ways you can prevent hearing loss. Read some facts and risk factors below or contact our office today and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

HEARING FACTS

  • Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.
  • 1 in 5 people have hearing loss. 80% do nothing about it.
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 1 in 5 people.
  • 90% of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

RISK FACTORS

  • Smoking – current smokers have a 70% higher risk of having hearing loss than nonsmokers.
  • Heart Health – studies show that a healthy cardiovascular system has a positive effect on hearing. Inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.
  • Hypertension – hypertension can be an accelerating factor of hearing loss in older adults.
  • Obesity – higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are associated with increased risk of hearing loss in women.
  • Diabetes – hearing loss is TWICE as common in people with diabetes compared to those without

These are just a few facts and risk factors associated with hearing loss. If you have any questions, please call our office and we would be happy to discuss those with you.

Remember to include getting your hearing tested as part of your routine health check-ups. Call our office today for an appointment!

Sources: National Institute of Health and Better Business Bureau

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Don’t Let Hearing Loss Spook You

Far too often we learn about individuals that had put off seeking care for their NuEar October 16hearing loss difficulties for several years. The biggest reason that most share for this delay is fear of admitting to having an impairment and signs of old age. Yet, both couldn’t be further from the truth. This Halloween season we want to clear the air about those misconceptions and help those in need of hearing care to no longer be spooked about seeking treatment.

According to the Better Hearing Institute, nearly 40 million Americans, of all ages, are living with hearing loss. That’s a significant percentage of the total population! If you or a loved one are one of those 40 million you are not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, hearing loss should be viewed in the same frame as vision loss, no pun intended. Losing one’s eyesight is a normal part of the aging process for many and occurs slowly over time.

Additionally, the myth and perception of using hearing aid technology as an admission of old age has been long dispelled. Today’s hearing aid technology is highly sophisticated in it’s ability to allow users to hear more comfortably in conversations as well as sync their media and mobile devices for direct audio streaming. With these new features most users feel empowered in their active lives and boast of being more tech savvy through the wireless streaming capabilities.

This Halloween, and in the rest of the year, make sure to not let the idea of treating hearing loss spook you. If you or a loved one are encountering symptoms of hearing loss, our nation-wide network of hearing professionals are ready to help through a free consultation.

The Sweet Sounds of Summer

NuEar August 14Ahhh, summertime! No matter how young or old, summer is a season cherished by all. Whether it’s going to the beach, ballpark, bar-b-ques or simply enjoying the weather, there is no shortage of fun to be had this time of year. Yet, have you ever considered how these events may be different without their simple sounds? No birds squawking at the beach, organs at the ballgame and much more.

For many experiencing untreated hearing loss, this is all too much of a reality. The good news is that these sweet sounds of summer can easily be recaptured. The problem is recognizing when it’s time to seek treatment. Rarely do people initially realize that certain sounds are going unheard. Then, when it is recognized by the individual, it takes a while for that person to realize the importance of the sound to the experience, such as bird songs on a sunny day.

When individuals that have recognized their hearing loss decide to take action, the next steps are simple. It all starts with a free hearing consultation by one of our NuEar hearing professionals. At this appointment we determine the extent of hearing loss, if any exists, and identify the common sounds or syllables in speech that may be going unheard. From there a recommended treatment is offered for consideration. For many, this best course of action is the trial of hearing aid technology, which can be personalized to each person’s unique hearing loss needs.

So have you noticed that you are missing certain sounds and not sure if you should do anything about it? If so, the sooner you take action then the sooner you can regain the ability to enjoy the sweet sounds of summer, as well as all seasons, the way they are meant to be heard. To get start, simply submit your zip code on our professional locator page to find a NuEar hearing professional near you. We are happy to help you get the most out of life through better hearing.

NuEar’s New Approach to ‘Normal’ Hearing

shutterstock_84098341Losing any of your senses is not an exciting realization to encounter and we understand. Whether it’s losing your hearing or vision, it can be rather costly to restore daily functioning of either sense. For hearing loss, the month of May marks a special time of the year as the journey to better hearing is celebrated in Better Hearing Month. Yet, while this is a very worthy celebration, it doesn’t build awareness for one of the biggest reasons more individuals choose not to address their hearing loss symptoms in a timely fashion. This reason is the embarrassment or shame associated with not having ‘normal’ hearing often felt by millions of Americans – nearly 40 million – who report hearing loss difficulties but have not actively sought a solution. In fact, one of the most powerful statistics from the Better Hearing Institute is that 65% of those under 65 years old are encountering some degree of hearing loss. As you can see from these astonishing statistics, there is nothing shutterstock_94069384abnormal about having hearing loss in our lives.

At NuEar, the objective of our nation-wide network of hearing professionals is to help remove this stigma around hearing loss that is preventing so many from accepting the condition and taking simple actions to seek a solution. For those who had a hearing screening or evaluation and were told their results fall below the range of normal hearing, we want to help present that information to you in a more positive light. Rather than implying your hearing loss symptoms may make you not ‘normal’, we recognize that everyone is susceptible to hearing loss and the good news is there are many easy-to-use solutions available. In fact, the majority of those who have opted for a solution in NuEar hearing aid technology have been delighted by not only the help in gaining better hearing, but also with how it has help make other technology, i.e. iPhone, more exciting with wireless streaming capabilities. See more on this technology here.

Satisfaction evidence in hearing aid technology can be found all over the internet and social media. Many unsolicited patient testimonials can be found on our Facebook page as well as the social media and website content of our partnering hearing care providers. One great example comes from a gentleman cared for by our Milford,OH area partners, Hearing Solutions, who finally accepted his hearing loss after many years and chose to get hearing aid NuEar blogtechnology to help him hear more in conversations with his grandchild. You can read his story to the right. Like many others from this practice, Hearing Solutions has helped convey that hearing loss is normal and simple to treat with hearing technology, just as anyone would readily do for vision loss with contacts, glasses or even Lasik procedures.

If you or someone you know is dealing with any difficulties due to hearing loss, don’t delay taking action any longer. In our aim to debunk the concept that losing your hearing is not ‘normal, we want to convey confidence in those with hearing loss that they are part of the majority and are experience a very common condition. Like any change in our lives, accepting the situation is the biggest hurdle. Hearing loss is no different but the great news is that you are not alone and there are many dedicated NuEar network hearing professionals ready to help with a free consultation. Simply enter your zip code in our professional locator to find the nearest provider to you to get started.

Welcome to Hearing Independence

We believe that hearing is unique and special and that no matter your age, being able to hear should give you the freedom to live life to the fullest! This belief is called Hearing Independence and it guides everything we do at NuEar. It’s not only what our Partners strive to provide to each person who walks through their doors, it’s what makes us different from other hearing healthcare providers.

NuEar providers are in your community and are locally owned and operated. We put others before ourselves, commit to improving every life we touch and aren’t afraid of putting in the hard work needed to make our patients happy. We believe that by helping our fellow community members hear better, we improve their lives AND the community as a whole. Patients who visit one of our offices around the nation leave hearing loss woes behind and see family relationships grow tighter, experience social interactions become smoother, and feel that safety is improved and misunderstandings are minimized.

We know that a community of confident, vibrant and engaged people is one where there is unlimited potential, which is why we’ve started another community, an online community, with the NuEar blog! Join us as we regularly post about various hearing topics including patient testimonials and better hearing insights. In addition, we’ll highlight product technology and advances in patient care programs to demonstrate how we hold ourselves to the highest level of quality. Because at the end of the day, NuEar is built the American way, which means we promise to do whatever it takes to send patients home happy and hearing well. We know the time for Hearing Independence is now, and we know that you’re ready!