Waking Up To A Surprise

Waking Up To A Surprise

Not quite as dramatic as the case study neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote about in “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” but a recent incident of hearing loss in China is still striking. The tale is a good way to mark May being Better Hearing and Speech Month —...
Keeping Your Hearing Humming (Not Literally)

Keeping Your Hearing Humming (Not Literally)

Modern hearing aids are high-tech and, given what they go through, pretty darn tough. But like any machine, a little preventive maintenance will keep them performing as designed for a longer time. This mostly involves regular cleaning and drying. Maybe you haven’t...
Hearing Loss Moves Down the Age Ladder

Hearing Loss Moves Down the Age Ladder

Recent studies — and ample anecdotal evidence — are making it clear that hearing loss is becoming more common in younger adults. Less and less is it a Grandpa Simpson issue. It’s now believed that up to a quarter of people between 18 and 44 have reported some kind of...
A Big Word For A Common Condition

A Big Word For A Common Condition

Although it’s not inevitable, as we age hearing loss is very common. One of the culprits is presbycusis, which is estimated to appear in 30 to 40 percent of those over the age of 65. It’s a natural part of the aging process. Because it’s a gradual process, presbycusis...
The Long-Term Impact of Careers on Hearing

The Long-Term Impact of Careers on Hearing

This is probably not a shocker, but studies are continuing to show that older people who had careers in the construction trades are at a higher risk for hearing loss. Any job that entailed constant exposure to high-decibel sound can result in hearing issues later in...