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The Effect of Hearing Aids on Dementia

Treating your hearing loss benefits your life in ways you might not have considered, such as greater confidence, better physical health, and stronger relationships. Did you know it also has a positive impact on dementia?

 

Hearing Loss and Dementia

In 2011 a landmark study by Frank Lin and colleagues clearly linked hearing loss and dementia. Since then, study results have been mixed regarding the effect of hearing technology on cognitive decline.

But now, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society makes a strong case: It reports that hearing technology slows down age-related memory loss by 75 percent.

 

The Study

In this longitudinal study, researchers used data from the Health and Retirement Survey, an ongoing study sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, to analyze 18 years’ worth of memory-related data for 2,040 participants during the …

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Clarity and Confidence Are Within Reach With The AGXR Q Hearing Aid

Confidently Connect Your World With AGXR Q

I see a lot of the latest hearing technology, and I must say the AGXR Q is a recent standout. I’m excited to tell you about it because I think it will keep you confident in the moments that matter most to you. Why does it stand out to me? Let’s take a look.

 

Richer Sound Experience

With the new chip platform in the AGXR Q, loud sounds don’t get distorted, and soft sounds reach your ear with far less background noise. You also hear a larger, more nuanced range of tones. Throw in the new radio to provide better spatial awareness and sound localization, and you truly get a richer sound experience.

 

Optimize on the Go

With the AGX Attune app, you control everything discreetly from your smartphone. You can adjust the volume, change your hearing aid settings, even geotag your settings, so the next time you’re …

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Chemotherapy Drugs: A Threat to Healthy Hearing?

We’re talking chemotherapy and hearing loss

With 14 million new cases worldwide in 2012 alone and an expected 21 million in 2030, cancer touches nearly everyone personally or through a loved one, keeping the push for new treatments, cures, and prevention strategies top of mind.

Across the U.S., some 650,000 cancer patients undergo chemotherapy in outpatient oncology clinics every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though potentially lifesaving, some chemotherapy drugs can lead to complications such as permanent and possibly total hearing loss.

In the January 2018 Hearing Journal article, “Chemo-Induced Hearing Loss: Help Patients Cope With the Aural Effects of Cancer Treatment,” a reported half to two-thirds of cancer survivors who had been treated with selected platinum-based chemotherapy medications such as cisplatin and carboplatin have permanent hearing loss potentially caused by damage to hair cells or cilia in the inner ear.

The hearing loss often …

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Tackling Hearing Loss: Hope for Tomorrow, Help Right Now

Let’s hear it for science! As long as hearing loss — one of the most commonly reported chronic conditions — continues to affect millions of people around the globe, researchers aim to leave no stone unturned in investigating treatment innovations and a future cure.

Various individuals and organizations worldwide are putting forth funding, expertise, and dedication toward uncovering more answers and improving quality of life for people living with hearing challenges. Take a look at these three exciting developments:

GENETICS Professor Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology, won a $3 million grant last summer from the National Institutes of Health toward continued research on hearing-loss-related biological treatments and clinical diagnosis. Per a university news release, the professor and his team will use the award to “expand their comprehensive genomic and phenotypic deafness database for clinical care of …

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Tinnitus 101

Do you hear a constant ringing, pulsing, or buzzing in your ears? You’re not alone. This phenomenon affects more 50 million Americans, and it’s called tinnitus.

Many people don’t realize tinnitus is a common problem, so they don’t know there are ways to minimize its effects. In honor of Tinnitus Week, which is February 4–10 this year, we’re raising awareness of what tinnitus is and ways to manage it.  

Tinnitus Basics

Often described as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is described as many things — ringing, pulsing, screeching, hissing, static, buzzing, whooshing, roaring, or even ocean waves. The descriptors are endless, but in over 99% of cases, the chief characteristic is there is no actual external sound source present that is generating the noise.

Though the word “tinnitus” sounds like a disease, it’s actually a symptom of damage to the auditory system. It can be temporary or chronic, and …

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