Hearing Loss and Your Relationships

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


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

Your Loved One’s Voice Could Help Your Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekUncategorized


For 20% of Americans, hearing loss is a part of life. As the third most common medical condition in the US, hearing loss may happen to anyone at any age. Hearing loss tends to be an incredibly isolating condition, due to its adverse effects on our ability to communicate. When left untreated, hearing loss could harm our interpersonal relationships with … Read More

Californian Charity Helping Children with Hearing Loss Attend College

Dr. David DekriekUncategorized


Every May, the American-Speech-Language Association (ASHA) chooses a theme to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month. This year’s theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” ASHA, which is involved in providing life-altering treatments, aims to promote awareness of communication disorders. ASHA provides several resources to get the word out about Better Speech and Hearing Month, which are available free of … Read More

Making Emergency Services More Accessible to People with Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekUncategorized


If you experience hearing loss, then you know how isolating and difficult communication can be. Now imagine if your hearing impairment were further challenged in the face of emergency. For many people with more severe degrees of hearing loss or deafness, communication in emergency situations can be near impossible. What can be done to improve emergency services for people with … Read More

Staying Safe with Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekUncategorized


For those of us with hearing loss, hearing aids bring many benefits to our lives: improving our speech recognition and communication, decreasing the risk of dementia, helping us stay focused on the job, and of course, keeping us safe. Our sense of hearing is an invisible one that is always on, ensuring that we are connected to our environment. When … Read More

Hearing Problems May Lead to Mobility Issues

Dr. David DekriekUncategorized


Hearing Problems May Lead to Mobility Issues When we think of mobility issues, we usually think about difficulty sitting, standing or running. However, in the context of this article, mobility refers to the movement of a person in their “life space” – or how far and how often they travel outside of their home for daily activities. As it turns … Read More

New Study Reveals Second Cause of Hidden Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing loss, hearing loss research


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


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

Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

Dr. David Dekriekhearing aids, hearing loss, lifestyle

Fidelity Hearing - Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

Getting a hearing aid is the first step on the path to better hearing health. As with any new technological device, it will take time and patience as you learn how to use it. At first, your brain will have to work hard to remember how to process sounds again. For new hearing aid users, this period of adjustment can … Read More

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

Dr. David DekriekCommunity, Depression, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, hearing loss research, Uncategorized

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

A series of recent studies have come to enlightening findings for those who experience hearing loss and choose to avoid treatment. How hearing loss may restrict mobility Researchers at University of Jyväskylä and University of Tampere, both located in Finland, conducted several studies into the consequences of hearing loss. One of the studies, headed by Doctoral Student Hanelle Polku, studied … Read More