Safe Listening with Earbuds

Safe Listening with Earbuds

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

What an age we live in! The internet has transformed nearly every aspect of daily life in just a few decades. Content that used to require large appliances and a vast collection of storage media can now be accessed in seconds on one small device, and the audio comes directly to our ears via earbuds. Whether we’re rocking out to …

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Bonnie L. Baehr, Au.D. Uncategorized

Hearing loss is a surprisingly common affliction, affecting 48 million Americans of all age groups. It’s estimated that even as many as 20% of teenagers have measurable noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and age-related hearing loss can begin as early as age 45. NIHL is the #2 medical concern for veterans returning home, with tinnitus (another problem with the ear) being …

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, …