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 …

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 …

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 …