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Does Age-Related Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

Does Age-Related Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

Depression and age-related hearing loss are two incredibly complex and difficult situations that impact everyone differently. While no two people have the exact same experience with hearing loss, the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) found that older people with untreated hearing loss have higher rates of depression, anxiety, paranoia and were less likely to participate in organized social activities when compared to those who wear hearing aids. 

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Family History: Hearing Loss and Genetics

Family History: Hearing Loss and Genetics

Hearing loss is one of the most common sensory disorders, and it often results from aging or exposure to loud noises. However, sensorineural hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that is as tied to genetics and can be passed down through the family.

Here are some helpful things to know when facing sensorineural hearing loss:

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Understanding Tinnitus: Top 5 Things To Know

Understanding Tinnitus: Top 5 Things To Know

Tinnitus is Latin for “to tinkle or to ring like a bell.” It can come as a ringing, a hiss, a crackle, a buzz or even a whistle… but in whatever form you hear it, it’s actually a sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus can be a temporary or permanent condition, depending upon the cause.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus or you’ve been struggling to manage symptoms on your own, here are the top 5 things to know.

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How Talking On the Phone Positively Affects Your Mental Health

How Talking On the Phone Positively Affects Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that talking on the phone with friends and family can be a great source of happiness – and even the most mundane, task-oriented calls give us a sense of connection and control over our lives.

Without this daily social connection, people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired can be at risk for chronic sadness or depression. They may also experience feelings of irritability, poor self-image and feelings of inadequacy.

Here are 3 ways relay services can help people live happier, more connected lives.  

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What Most Often Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

What Most Often Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Hearing loss in children can vary, but some causes can be prevented with medical care. Middle and outer ear infections are the leading cause of hearing loss in children, with 75 percent of infants and children experiencing this type of infection by age three.

Learn more about ear infections and their implications below.

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4 Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

4 Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is brought on gradually through aging or other causes. Sometimes hearing loss can occur suddenly—and it’s not always immediately evident why. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only approximately 10-15 percent of sudden hearing loss is actually diagnosable.

Nevertheless, here are four common, identifiable causes.

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How Treating Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

How Treating Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

Rule No. 1 when it comes to hearing loss – don’t let it cause you to be anti-social or retreat from spending quality time with friends and family. One of the best ways to avoid this pitfall is to make efforts to treat your hearing loss, whether it’s assistive listening devices (ALDs) or hearing aids.

Here are just some of the many health benefits of taking the time to treat your hearing loss.

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5 Steps to Managing Severe Hearing Loss

5 Steps to Managing Severe Hearing Loss

Hearing loss happens because of losses of or damage to cilia, the tiny hairs located in your inner ear. Because these hairs can’t be regenerated, it is important to note that any treatment for hearing loss will likely not restore your original levels of hearing ability.

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6 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

6 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

Summer is the season for outdoor activities and getting out of dodge – but many of these frequent events can bring some undue noise and ear pressure to your hearing.

Look out for the following six scenarios in which your hearing might be at risk and may require extra caution and care through protective plugs and muffs.

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4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

One of the truest facts in life is that getting older is impossible to avoid. And when it comes to your hearing, age can also bring on some loss of ability that is oftentimes unavoidable.

Keep in mind the following important things when it comes to identifying and treating age-related hearing loss.

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