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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Audiology and Skin Cancer

By HHTM Staff Writer   Tucson is the world center for Melanoma and skin cancer, which is nothing to boast about.  That dubious title gives those of us in health care in Tucson an extra burden of care when working with patients. Audiologists are not dermatologists or physicians of any type.  We are hearing communication…

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The Monologue Strategy — If You Can’t Hear, Just Dominate the Conversation

by HHTM Staff Have you encountered people who speak loud and long, dominating conversations by turning a dialog into a monologue?  Maybe the loud person was in another group, but so loud that s/he interfered with the conversation you were trying to have?  If you’ve had these experiences, you likely wondered why the person was talking so loudly…

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Neural Auditory Effects of Hansen’s Disease (Part 11 and final)

HHTM Staff: The leprosy series comes to an end today with a look at what is known of leprosy’s effects on the vestibulocochlear nerve (VIIIn) and into the brain.  Sensorineural hearing loss without vestibular symptoms is associated with leprosy, independent of antibiotic treatment.  Hearing loss is likely under-reported; likewise, leprosy itself likely goes undetected for…

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Hansen’s Disease and Auditory Vestibular Disorders (Part 10)

HHTM staff: This longer-than-expected series on leprosy nears an end with one more to follow after today’s post.  Leprosy is a complicated disease, hard to identify, easy to treat, hard to pin down auditory effects prior to diagnosis and treatment.  Even after the disease itself is diagnosed and hearing loss is reported, the audiologic diagnostic…

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