Life, Longevity,Cognitive Decline, Hearing Loss… More Connected Than We Used to Think

HHTM Staff: For several years, we’ve been reporting on correlations linking hearing loss and Alzheimers, depression, cognitive decline, social isolation, general health, and Quality of Life (QoL) measures.  Correlation does not imply causality, but the data keep coming, forging stronger links between healthy hearing and healthy living.  November is also National Alzheimer’s Awareness month and…

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Noise and Urban Encroachment

HHTM Staff: Last week’s post was supposed to be the absolute final post in this multi-month Noise series.  After getting the low-down on electronic earplugs, a new angle arose in the form of legislation to outfit firearms with noise suppressors (aka “silencers”).  The rationale for suppressors was ably supported by Knox Williams (President, American Silencer Assoc) last…

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Silencing Firearms to Protect Hearing

HHTM Staff: Last month a multi-month Noise series arrived at the practical stage by describing actual products that go in ears to protect hearing in potentially damaging noise situations.  Speaking specifically to those who hunt with firearms, Patty Johnson, AuD, described active hearing protectors as an ideal solution that provides: “enhanced awareness, clear communication, and blast…

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Noise — the Bad Boy of Sports and Audiology

Noise has been topic of many past posts.  we’re tired of it and readers probably are too.  So why keep posting about noise?   Because noise:  is controversial  is everywhere annoys and distracts is harmful to overall health damages hearing, starting in childhood brings on tinnitus plays into intellectual elitism may disrupt cognition alerts us to environmental…

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Quiet Please!

We are in the midst of posting on noise, but we can’t talk about noise without including Silence.  Brains and Ears are a package deal for perceiving, alerting, attending, and processing auditory input from the world around us. Both are necessary, neither alone is sufficient.    The Model The neuropsychological top-down model goes like this:…

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