Hearing Loss & Risk Of Falling

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Hearing Loss & Risk Of Falling… For older people, having a fall can be very frightening and can lead to some rather severe injuries. As we age, our hearing and balance both naturally decline. A growing body of research is now suggesting that hearing loss could be contributing to an increased risk of falling. Even… Read more »

New App: SoundPrint

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Noisy Environments… As most people who experience hearing loss will already know, being in loud and busy environments can often make it difficult to zone into one particular voice – even with the most technologically advanced hearing aids! Whilst there are hearing aids that claim to improve speech understanding in background noise, there will always… Read more »

Neuroplasticity & Hearing Loss

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What Is Neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity refers to the brains remarkable ability to respond and change by re-organising it’s structure, function and connections. This includes changes that occur as a result of maturation, learning, sensory stimulation, sensory deprivation, injury, and disease. Neuroplasticity & Hearing Loss… When an individual begins to lose their hearing, their brain also starts… Read more »

Helping Loved One’s With Hearing Loss

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Loved One’s With Hearing Loss… If you or a loved one has a hearing loss, you will know how sometimes this can cause a strain on relationships. It can cause stress, hurt feelings, and frustration over miscommunication. If one of your loved ones has a hearing loss but refuses to seek help, this can often… Read more »

Cocktail Party Effect: Hearing Loss

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Cocktail Party Effect… Most people have trouble making sense of overlapping voices in a busy environment, and the process of focusing on one voice and filtering out other noise is commonly known as “The Cocktail Party Effect”. If a person with normal hearing struggles in situations like this, imagine how difficult it is for people… Read more »

Examining The Ear: Part 2

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Examining The Ear: Part 2 This is Part 2 of the Examining The Ear series, for Part 1 click here. This second article will delve into some of the pathologies within the ear that can cause hearing loss.   Pathologies Of The Ear: Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem transferring… Read more »

Tinnitus: What is it & How to Help

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This article is here to help you learn all about tinnitus, including what it is and how to help! What is it? Tinnitus is defined as auditory perception without external sound, and it affects around 15% to 20% of people, and is especially common in older adults. Most people experience a ringing or a buzzing… Read more »

Menopause & Hearing Loss

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Menopause & Hearing Loss… Hearing loss affects almost 1 in 6 people in the UK, however, women are at a significantly lower risk than men. Between the ages of 20 and 69, men are almost TWICE as likely to develop speech-frequency hearing loss. Whilst the reason for this remains unknown, many researchers hypothesise that estrogen… Read more »

Hearing Loss & Mental Health

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Mental Health

Hearing Loss Globally, 1.5 billion people live with some degree of hearing loss out of which 450 million require some form of rehabilitation services. This figure makes up over 5% of the worlds population, showing just how prevalent of an issue hearing loss is. Hearing loss can result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain… Read more »

Examining The Ear: Part 1

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Examining The Ear: Part 1 This is Part 1 of the Examining The Ear series, aimed at giving an insight into the anatomy and conditions of the ear. Anatomy Of The Ear… The ear is made up of three different parts. The outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear is… Read more »