Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekHealth, hearing health, hearing loss, research, Resource

Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

Most of us think of hearing loss as a product of aging or perhaps because of exposure to a loud jarring sound like an explosion. Sudden hearing loss is just that – hearing loss that occurs suddenly or just within a few hours. The first step to understanding any type of hearing loss, and getting treatment, is getting a hearing … Read More

Hearing Aids Keep Your Brain Healthy by Making it Easier to Connect

Dr. David DekriekBrain Health, hearing aids, hearing health, hearing loss, News, research

Hearing Aids Keep Your Brain Healthy by Making it Easier to Connect

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, designated as such in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. In that year, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were fewer than 2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. From then to now, that number has increased to an estimated 5.7 million people. This month is about raising awareness and educating ourselves about this prevalent … Read More

A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

Dr. David DekriekHealth, hearing health, hearing loss, Mental Health, News, research

A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

If you feel as though you are stressed out more often than you should be, you are not alone. Stress has become an increasingly prevalent issue in today’s society. The American Psychological Association has even begun to recognize chronic stress as a national public health crisis (http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/01/stressed-america.aspx). According to a study by the association, about 44% of Americans surveyed reported … Read More

World Alzheimer’s Month: How Our Ears and Our Brains are Connected

Dr. David DekriekDementia & Alzheimer's, Health, hearing health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Related Disease, hearing loss research, research

World Alzheimer's Month: How Our Ears and Our Brains are Connected

Most people understand that Alzheimer’s disease is a form of cognitive decline that causes memory loss and confusion. Beyond this knowledge, there seems to be a veil of misinformation, misperception and even stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To help combat this, non-profit organization Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has named September as World Alzheimer’s Month. The purpose … Read More

Storytelling May Help Elderly Patients

Dr. David DekriekCommunication, Community, hearing health, hearing loss, research

Storytelling May Help Elderly Patients

A recent study that was published in Innovation in Aging, found a potential link between bedside storytelling or poetry reading and a decreased risk for delirium in elderly hospital patients. The study was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the UAB Highlands Hospital. The study helped to advance research into the positive potential of increasing Arts in … Read More