Hearing Loss among Millennials and Gen Z

Hearing Loss among Millennials and Gen Z

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

Millennials and those in Generation Z are digital natives because they grew up with digital technology or in the information age. They work online, have laptops on the kitchen table, and always have earbuds. However, young people’s heavy use of technology could hurt their hearing in the long run.   Technology and hearing loss These generations adjusted to technology more …

Prioritizing Hearing Loss As We Age

Prioritizing Hearing Loss As We Age

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Hearing Loss

When we have vision problems, we don’t hesitate to get help, whether it’s corrective lenses or LASIK surgery. About 75% of Americans wear glasses or contacts to help them see better. But we don’t go to the doctor immediately when we have hearing loss. In March 2021, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association surveyed that most of the people who answered had …

A Link between Hearing Loss & Second Hand Smoke

A Link between Hearing Loss & Second Hand Smoke

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

Hearing loss is a major public health issue. Impacting over 48 million people, hearing loss is the third most common medical condition people experience today. Extensive research explores risk factors that can cause hearing loss. Previous studies highlighted smoking as a risk factor that increases the risk of developing hearing loss. But recent research shows that second hand smoke can …

A Link between Hearing Loss & Cardiovascular Disease

A Link between Hearing Loss & Cardiovascular Disease

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

Significant research shows that there is a relationship between cardiovascular disease and hearing loss. According to the CDC, an estimated 92 million people in the U.S. have at least one type of cardiovascular disease. This is ⅓ of the entire population, highlighting how pervasive cardiovascular conditions are. Cardiovascular disease can impact health in a myriad of ways including contributing to …

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 …