Age Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated

Age Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of hearing loss including exposure to loud noise, existing medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease etc.), genetic history, and age. Age related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is a pervasive health concern that impacts millions of people. In fact, hearing loss is the third most common chronic …

The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss

The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Hearing loss is an increasingly common medical condition that impacts over 40 million people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States and is twice as prevalent as diabetes or cancer. Impaired hearing results in the reduced ability to process sound, significantly straining communication …

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Dementia

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Dementia is a rapidly growing health concern that significantly impacts a person’s life. It is a condition that is mainly characterized by cognitive decline which affects memory, capacity for decision making, learning, concentrating etc. This significantly shapes one’s ability to independently navigate on a daily basis with ease.  There are various types of dementia including: Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body, and …

Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

Acknowledging the Reality of Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

With about 20% of Americans suffering from life-affecting hearing loss, we shouldn’t be surprised when it happens to us. In fact, by the time a person reaches 100 years old, the likelihood they’ll have hearing loss is nearly 100%. We’re living longer, and that means more of us will live long enough to lose our hearing. Still, many people have …

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Tinnitus is one of the most common hearing-related afflictions in the U.S. today, and the most common medical problem experienced by veterans returning home. Tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss, though sometimes it appears on its own. Most people describe it as a high-pitched ringing sound, though some experience scratching, buzzing, or clicking sounds. It may go on constantly, …

Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

If you’ve suffered from untreated hearing loss, you probably know how exhausting it can be to try to follow a conversation when you can’t hear it all. Using context clues to help fill in the blanks, trying to tell the difference between “m” sounds and “n” sounds, and working your brain in overtime to try to separate conversation from background …

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Hearing aids are incredibly smart devices that are designed to strengthen one’s ability to hear. They do this by utilizing technology to amplify and process sounds in the environments you move through on a daily basis. Like most electronic products today, hearing aids have benefitted from advancing technology. Hearing devices are more innovative than ever and feature a range of …

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Hearing loss isn’t just the loss of your hearing. It may lead to other issues in your body. Sometimes hearing loss is, in fact, a symptom or result of another potentially more serious health problem. The signs and illnesses that accompany hearing loss are called comorbidities. These comorbidities can include physical disorders such as heart disease, thyroid, and diabetes disease. …

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Hearing loss is widespread today – about 40 percent of Americans experience some hearing loss, or 2 out of every five people you know! Though hearing loss is not uncommon, it is rarely easy to come to terms with a hearing problem. Hearing issues can produce intense emotions and have insidious effects on your life. Hearing loss can be challenging …