How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health

Hearing loss is an often under-recognized complication of smoking and drinking. Research shows that smoking and drinking can take a toll on hearing health by increasing the risk of developing hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic medical conditions that people experience today. Impacting nearly 48 million people, hearing loss has multifaceted effects on health and …

A Link between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

A Link Between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

Studies show that people with diabetes can be twice as likely to develop hearing loss. More than 37 million people have diabetes in the U.S. and 133 million people are prediabetic according to the American Diabetes Association. Learning the early signs of hearing loss and practicing ways to reduce your risk are important ways you can protect your health.  Research …

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are an essential tool used by millions of people to comfortably navigate daily life. They are highly durable devices that can last up to 7 years. The lifespan of hearing aids depends on a few factors including how well they are maintained, the impact of daily wear and tear, and the specific type of device you have. Knowing …

A Brief History of Hearing Loss

A Brief History of Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions today. Impacting nearly 48 million people in the U.S., hearing loss is a pervasive health issue that people navigate. The population of people with hearing loss is expected to rapidly increase globally as more people are exposed to hearing health risk factors. While hearing loss cannot be cured, there are …

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn't Help

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

There are so many temptations to take the easy way out. We face them daily, whether it’s choosing not to see a person who needs our help or telling a white lie to avoid a confrontation. Each instance is different, and yet, each time we decide to deflect and hit the easy button, we reinforce that habit.    Sure, sometimes …

Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Communication, Family & Friends, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks

You might be surprised how hearing loss can quickly change someone’s life – especially for those who were once social. Hearing loss is an issue that starts with the ears but quickly affects communication, relationships, cognitive functioning, and even changes in personality over years. It’s also a condition that often develops gradually, so people often don’t realize how bad it’s …

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

When it comes to hearing, those who rely most on this ability are often those most at risk of losing it. Unlike some of the other senses, hearing is quite sensitive to the amount of exposure. Whether that exposure comes in terms of the loudness of sound, measured in decibels, or the duration of sound, measured in time, our hearing …

Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids

Technology continues to evolve at a faster pace, offering more convenience and functionality. Hearing aids are no exception. This has been made in part by the digital revolution in technology which has been able to provide more power and nuance in smaller and state-of-the-art designs. Digital technology continues to push the limits of what we thought was possible in hearing …