Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

May marks Better Hearing and Speech Month! This month is all about raising awareness and taking action toward treating hearing loss. Organized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the theme of this year’s campaign is Connecting People. We want you to know how you can access the resources and services that can transform your hearing health. Over 48 million people …

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research

Many of us take over-the-counter painkillers when needed to alleviate the symptoms we’re experiencing. Painkillers can be a helpful way to provide relief when experiencing severe pain, inflammation, and/or discomfort. But it is also important to be aware of potential side effects and the impact of painkiller use. You may be surprised to learn that taking over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen …

Tips on How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Tips on How to Support a Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Do you have a loved one with hearing loss who lives in a nursing home? It is important to know that there are useful ways you can provide support, contributing to their care. Support hearing loss treatment. Though hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition older adults experience, it is widely underdiagnosed. In fact, it is estimated …

Head Injuries and Hearing Loss

Head Injuries and Hearing Loss

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are nearly 3 million cases of head injuries every year.  At least 1 million of these are traumatic brain injuries that lead to hospitalization. Head injuries, including mild concussions,  can impact health in a variety of ways including reducing cognitive functions and causing challenges with mobility. Less recognized is …

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 …

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 …

Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Disease

There are more than 30 million Americans with diabetes, and if that describes you too, you’ll want to keep an eye on your ears. Compared to non-diabetics, people with diabetes have a hearing loss risk that is more than twice as high. As a result, you should keep an eye on your hearing.    Having regular hearing evaluations with us …