Know Your Rights with Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, Work and Economy

Know Your Rights with Hearing Loss

An enormous number of Americans are affected by hearing loss. In fact, nearly 20% of the population age 12 and older have a hearing condition that impedes daily communication. But our modern society rarely willingly observes the needs of those outside of the healthy and able-bodied demographic. Not always out of ill will, but instead out of ignorance.  Services, from … Read More

Could Loud Movies Harm Your Hearing?

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, Hearing loss prevention

Could Loud Movies Harm Your Hearing?

There’s nothing as comforting as a night at the movies. It’s a favorite destination for anyone looking to escape real life for a few hours and lose themselves in someone else’s adventure. Plus, the popcorn is great. But the safety of experiencing excitement second hand might actually be an illusion. As trends in the theater industry lean towards comfier seating … Read More

Tips for Seniors Driving with Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, lifestyle

Tips for Seniors Driving with Hearing Loss

In the United States, 20% of the population experiences hearing loss. Among older Americans, age 65 and up, 30% of people experience hearing loss. And, among Americans age 75 and older, 50% of people experience hearing loss. There is an undeniable link between aging and hearing loss. Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, is one of the most common types (the … Read More

Understanding the Configurations of Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss research

Understanding the Configurations of Hearing Loss

If you’ve just had your hearing tested, you may have been introduced to the term “hearing configuration”. A hearing configuration is the term used to describe the information from an audiogram. It explains how well different aspects of your hearing work, and if hearing loss is present, it articulates where your hearing is impaired. When your hearing specialist programs your … Read More

Hearing Loss & Drinking: Is There a Link?

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, Hearing loss prevention, lifestyle

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From happy hour to a wedding celebration, cocktails, beer, and wine are beverages we enjoy in many different settings, for many different occasions. As with many things, drinking in moderation is not a problem, according to the Mayo Clinic. In fact, they say, “Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits, such as reduce your risk of developing and dying … Read More

Hearing Loss Can Rewire Your Nerve Cells

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss, Hearing loss prevention

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When you think of hearing, you probably picture your ears, but the full scope of our hearing health depends on a deeper understanding of how the auditory system operates. For instance, studies over recent years have indicated that health problems like anemia may contribute to hearing loss because of decreased circulation to the hair cells of the inner ear. Researchers … Read More

Sudden Hearing Loss and How it May be Treated

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss

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Suddenly losing your hearing over the course of a few hours seems like something you would hear about in a sci-fi movie, however, the condition is actually very real. Sudden hearing loss – or more scientifically referred to as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) – is estimated to strike one person per 5,000 each and every year, and most often … Read More

Hearing Loss and Your Relationships

Dr. David DekriekFamily and Relationships, hearing health, hearing loss

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Hearing loss is one of the most common health problems in the United States. It is a condition that affects at least one third of all people above age 65, with that number almost doubling in the post-75 year old population. In young children, auditory impairment may present as delayed speech. For adults who’ve lived much of their lives with … Read More

New Study Reveals Second Cause of Hidden Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing loss, hearing loss research

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Have you ever been out in a noisy restaurant and felt like you can hear everyone just fine, but you’re having trouble understanding what is being said? This is the case for many people living with hidden hearing loss. Because it is so difficult to diagnose, hidden hearing loss is likely grossly under identified. Understanding hidden hearing loss is in … Read More

Workplace Accommodations for Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing loss, Work and Economy

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In the United States, 60% of the workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss may occur due to issues unrelated to workplace noise, though the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has listed hearing loss as a leading occupational hazard in the past 25 years. If you experience hearing loss, your employer is required … Read More