Missing the Obvious and the Occult: Why Audiologists Can’t Take Shortcuts

HHTM Staff All of us have taken shortcuts on the calculated risk that the odds are on our and the patient’s side. Short cuts are just that — they save time and eliminate sidetracks.  In the case of hearing loss, shortcuts allow the clinician to cut to the chase and fit hearing aids so the…

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Hyperacusis — When Hearing is TOO Good

HHTM Staff: The typical adult patient in an audiologist’s practice presents with complaints of progressive difficulty hearing in one or more situations, often accompanied by tinnitus that may or may not be bothersome.  Often, the audiometric tests confirm hearing loss in both ears that is “cochlear” in origin, meaning that stems from damage to the…

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Noisy Hospitals…and a New Role for Hospital Gowns?

HHTM Staff: Most of us have been hospitalized overnight at some point and ALL of us can report that hospitals are noisy places. We didn’t need research to tell us that, but there is now research confirming hospital noise, providing noise level data, and measuring noise effects on sleep.  Read on for this and our…

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Hearing Loss and Vision Problems Go Together as We Age

HHTM Staff: Preliminary research from Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco suggests certain vision problems in older adults is associated with a 50% higher risk of hearing loss.  Here is a summary of the research by Marilyn Schneck and colleagues: 446 adults with a mean age of 79.9 years had their hearing screened and…

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Cheers! Hearing Health, Dementia Prevention and Beer May Mix

HHTM Staff: Regular readers of HHTM know that we are keenly interested in research related to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as general aspects of physical and mental health, especially as they relate to hearing loss.  Links between uncorrected hearing loss and mental disorders (depression, dementia) are fast becoming clear, though causal relationships…

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