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The Link Between Vision and Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

A recent New York Times article highlighted new studies that link vision and hearing loss to mental decline. It seems that the brain can get overloaded, and having to struggle to hear spoken words, or read print that is too small, can be too much. Have you ever felt like your brain was just overwhelmed and couldn’t absorb more information? Hearing and vision loss seem to put the brain in a permanent state of overload, which can actually lead to a decrease in cognitive abilities. National Statistics Both vision and hearing loss or impairment become more prevalent as we age, and the number of Americans with poor vision is expected to double by 2050. On top of vision problems, older...

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Healthy Hearing Tips For Fall

As the seasons change, so do hearing needs and risks. The weather is getting cooler, leaves are changing, and your favorite football teams are packing stadiums with fans. What steps can you take this fall to protect your hearing? Read on to learn more about risks to your hearing this autumn, and solutions for any hearing loss you have experienced. Allergies Autumn is allergy season for many people, and hay fever is predominant at this time of year. Pollen counts are still high as well, and dust and pet dander can be indoor air contaminants all year long. Allergies can cause your ears to itch, feel full, be painful, or you could have trouble hearing. Treating your allergy symptoms with...

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The Different Types of Hearing Loss

There are two types of hearing loss, conductive and sensorineural. A combination of both is also seen as a mixed hearing loss. Here is an explanation of each type: Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss is caused by any condition or disease that impedes the conveyance of sound in its mechanical form through the middle ear cavity to the inner ear. A conductive hearing loss can be the result of a blockage in the external ear canal or can be caused by any disorder that unfavorably effects the middle ear's ability to transmit the mechanical energy to the stapes footplate. This results in reduction of one of the physical attributes of sound called intensity (loudness), so the energy reaching the inner...

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What you need to know about Ear Examinations

An ear examination is a thorough evaluation of the ears that is done to screen for ear problems, such as hearing loss, ear pain, discharge, lumps, or objects in the ear. An ear examination can detect problems in the ear canal, eardrum, and the middle ear, such as infection, excessive earwax, or an object like a bean or a bead. During an ear examination, an instrument called an otoscope is used to look at the outer ear canal and eardrum. An otoscope is a handheld instrument with a light, a magnifying lens, and a funnel-shaped viewing piece with a narrow, pointed end called a speculum. A pneumatic otoscope has a rubber bulb that your doctor can squeeze to give a puff...

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