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Resource: Jayakody, D. (2021). Hearing loss and dementia, Audiology Today , 33 (6), 12-21 Recent clinical research suggests that there is an association between onset of hearing loss in middle-aged adults and an increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia later on in life. As there currently are no cure or effective treatment regimens available for dementia, the focus must

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Studies have shown that on average, hearing aid wearers wait 10 years to seek treatment from their initial diagnosis of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss may lead to higher incidences of dementia, depression, anxiety, and hospitalizations. It can also lead to a decrease in cognitive abilities. As a family member or friend, it is important to be supportive of your

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Resource: J. Honaker (2021). On shaky ground: How balance ebbs with age,  ASHA LeaderLive , 12/04/2021. As we get older, it is not uncommon for our balance and mobility to deteriorate along with our vision and hearing. Unfortunately, balance issues oftentimes go unnoticed or unreported until someone experiences a fall. Factors that affect our balance and increase the risk of

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Everyone experiences communication challenges at one time or another. Those challenges may become more frequent around the holidays or gatherings with other people. Alexandria Hearing Centers recommends using good communication strategies can help reduce frustration for you and your communication partners. Using good communication strategies can benefit everyone, regardless of their hearing ability Anticipatory strategies can help make communication easier

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As with any device, hearing aids may occasionally act up. Since hearing aids are placed deep in your ear canals, it is not uncommon for issues to arise. Listed below are some of the most common issues Alexandria Hearing Centers sees in our office, along with simple troubleshooting tips you can do to fix them from your home. Loss of

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Approximately 40 million US adults between the ages of 20-69 years have noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).  Exposure to loud sounds can cause permanent damage to the inner ear structures and their hair cells, which are responsible for sending electrical signals to the brain. Once hair cells are damaged, they cannot regrow and are not replaceable, thus inhibiting the process of

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Typically, a diagnosis of normal hearing is great news! But, for some patients they continue to perceive hearing as anything but normal. These patients often report difficulty hearing in noise, yet their hearing evaluation suggests “normal hearing.” How can this happen?  • A typical hearing evaluation examines a patient’s ability to hear in quiet. This ability to detect soft sounds

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is common inner ear disorder in which changes in the position of the head lead to sudden vertigo – a feeling that the room is spinning. The vertigo sensation can range from mild to severe and usually lasts only seconds to a few minutes. It may be accompanied by other symptoms, including lightheadedness, nausea, and

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One of the most exciting advancements in hearing aids is connectivity. Most hearing aids now come with built in Bluetooth capabilities and are compatible with most iPhone and Android phones. Hearing aids used to limit the wearer’s access to audio devices like cell phones and music players. Previously, to listen to music while jogging, you needed to remove your hearing

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The ear canal has glands that produce a waxy oil called cerumen. Earwax traps dust, dirt and dried shampoo, and can stop bad bacteria from growing in the ear. Earwax looks different for different people. It can be wet or dry, sticky or flaky. For most people who produce a regular amount of earwax, the ears can easily remove the

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