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

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

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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

Rock Musicians Raise Awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing aids, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss research, lifestyle, musicians

Rock Musicians Raise Awareness about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Iggy Pop of The Stooges, Peter Townshend of The Who and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson are all names synonymous with rock n’ roll – but they all have something else in common too. They have all spoken publicly about their experiences with hearing loss, and the effects that a lifetime of loud music has had on their ears. By raising awareness, ... Read More

Workplace’s #1 Injury? Hearing Loss

Dr. David Dekriekhearing health, hearing loss

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Did I read that right? Unfortunately, yes. Although radically preventable, hearing loss still remains the number one reported workplace injury in the United States. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels while at work, according to the CDC. The main type of hearing loss caused from being on-the-job is called noise induced hearing loss or NIHL. Noise induced … Read More

New study shows psychosis can be associated with untreated hearing loss

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Did you know that hearing loss is often related to other medical issues, also known as comorbidities? Comorbidities are unrelated issues or illnesses that often accompany each other. The list of comorbidities associated with untreated hearing loss has just gotten even longer. We know that untreated hearing loss is correlated with social isolation, dementia, depression, and less meaningful relationships and … Read More