Month: April 2016

April 29, 2016

Improveyourhearing

 

Even with all the modern advancements in health science, hearing loss continues to be a challenge for a majority of aging adults. It is understood that once the tiny ‘hair-like’ fibers in the inner ear, called Cilia, are damaged they cannot be restored. There are, however, some forms of hearing loss that, with proper care and stimulation may show signs of improvement.

First and foremost, the best thing you can do for your hearing loss is to seek ongoing care from a hearing care professional.  Proper treatment can make a world of a difference when it comes to staying connected to the sounds all around you.  Then work on honing your hearing.  Our friends at Audicus.com have put together a fantastic list of 5 listening activities that may help boost your hearing abilities, including:

  1. Solve puzzles
  2. Do yoga
  3. Exercise daily
  4. Meditate
  5. Focus on locating sounds

You can read more about these activities and how they can favorably impact your hearing at
https://www.audicus.com/5-activities-to-improve-your-hearing/

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

April 27, 2016

Arthritisandhearingloss

 

Did you know that Rheumatoid arthritis can affect your hearing health?   According to a recent study released by The Open Rheumatology Journal, “Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of related health issue in rheumatoid arthritis patients.”  Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. It is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Most of the time, SNHL can’t be medically or surgically corrected.

Read more about the study here:  https://www.hearingreview.com/2016/04/arthritis-patients-screened-hearing-loss-study-says/

The report goes on to discuss options for what can be done to help prevent this hearing loss.  The most important thing you can do is get a hearing health professional involved.  If you are concerned that Rheumatoid arthritis may be affecting your hearing, then now is the time to take action.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

April 25, 2016

Hearingaidsovertheyears

Technology moves so quickly, it can be easy to forget where certain technologies began.  Hearing aids have become so technologically advanced in recent years and they continue to improve as time goes on.  Healthy hearing.com recently posted an article on the history of hearing aids going back hundreds of years

“Attempts to correct hearing loss have been in existence since the very first person to cup their hand behind their ear.

“Hearing aid technology is still evolving and is far from perfect, but looking back through the years of technological advances certainly allows us to put any complaints about modern hearing aid technology in clear perspective.”

Read more here: https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/47717-Digital-hearing-aid-history

It’s exciting to think how far hearing technology has come.  Even more exciting is to contemplate what the future will bring.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

April 22, 2016

gamestohelpyourhearing

 

While hearing loss is a serious matter, not everything we do to benefit and support our hearing needs to be so serious.  Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard University showed that, by using a game, scientists could help enhance a person’s ability to hear soft sounds in noisy environments.  According to senior author Daniel Polley, Ph.D.:

“Like the children’s game ‘hot and cold’, our game provided instantaneous auditory feedback that allowed our human and mouse subjects to hone in on the location of a hidden target.”
Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140609153427.htm.

The article published in Science Daily concludes with some exciting findings:

“When combined with conventional assistive devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, ‘audiogames’ of the type we describe here may be able to provide the hearing impaired with an improved ability to reconnect to the auditory world. Of particular interest is the finding that brain training improved speech processing in noisy backgrounds.”

There are many sites and apps that you can currently access to help train your ears. Here are a couple samples we thought you might enjoy.  We encourage you to seek out and explore other such sites:

https://thelisteningroom.com/
https://www.starkey.com/hearing-aid-use-and-care/Games

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

April 22, 2016

understandingthechallengesassociatedwithhearingloss

With approximately 48 million Americans dealing with hearing loss, chances are we all know someone impacted by hearing loss.  But for those who have normal hearing, it can be difficult to understand what they’re going through.

 

The Hearing Review recently published results from an independent poll conducted by Oticon Inc. providing a snapshot of some of the struggles associated with hearing loss in a typical day.  Here are some of their findings:

 

  • 88% frequently miss words in a conversation
  • 67% struggle to understand speech in noisy places
  • 43% have difficulty remembering what was said
  • 33% feel isolated or unable to “join in” the conversation

 

To read additional findings, visit  https://www.hearingreview.com/2016/05/poll-results-provide-snapshot-hearing-loss-struggles/

 

The online survey was completed by more than 2,000 people, 395 of which had some degree of hearing loss.  Results showed how those with hearing loss struggle to understand conversations, to recall conversations, and how they have to deal with ‘cognitive strain’ in typical listening situations that a normal hearing person doesn’t have to deal with.

 

Better understanding their challenges can help us engage more effectively with them and provide more meaningful support.

 

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

 

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

April 20, 2016

rockertakeshearinglossseriously

We are all at risk for noise induced hearing loss.  The tiny hairs inside our ears that help us hear are very sensitive to noise, and once they are damaged they cannot be repaired.  This is something that Rock and Roll legend Brian Johnson has taken to heart.  According to a CNN article, the AC/DC lead singer has made a huge decision; he has pulled out of AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” world tour, noting that his “partial hearing loss” was starting to interfere with his performance on stage.  In a statement to the media he said:

“On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness.  Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond.”

Read more at https://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/entertainment/brian-johnson-ac-dc/index.html.

Johnson made taking care of his hearing a priority.  He took action by seeking professional care and by choosing to safeguard what hearing he has left.  The lessons here are 1) if you suspect hearing loss, seek diagnosis and treatment from a hearing care professional immediately, and 2) make any necessary lifestyle changes to protect your hearing.  Decisions around your hearing health are critical and cannot be procrastinated.

In case you’re wondering, Axl Rose, front man for Guns N’ Roses, will finish the tour with AC/DC as the band’s substitute lead singer.  Johnson makes it clear that he is not retiring from the band or the music industry all together:

“My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that.  For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances.”

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator
 

April 18, 2016

Selfdiagnosisandtheinternet

 

Have you ever wondered how many stars can be seen with the naked eye? Or have you ever come across the word “Misodoctakleidist” and wondered what that means? These days it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of question you have, answers can be found all over the internet.  However, with all of this information so abundant, a recent trend has been rising that has some researchers concerned.

More and more people are starting to rely on the internet to diagnose themselves.   Type “self-diagnosis on the internet” and you will find a treasure trove of articles warning you on the subject.  We found this infographic we thought you might be interested in:  https://www.insurancequotes.org/health/dangers-of-online-self-diagnosis-2/

When it comes to hearing loss, there is a tendency to think that self-diagnosis would be easier to get away with.  However according to an article from Healthy Hearing, hearing loss can be a little trickier than we realize:

“Any change in your hearing is a good reason to see a medical professional. Researchers know that hearing loss can be an indication of other medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.”  Read more athttps://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52642-Is-hearing-loss-self-diagnosable

The article goes on to discuss the many intricacies involved with hearing loss.  So many things could actually be happening that it is important in every case to involve a hearing care professional.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

 

April 13, 2016

theimportanceofusingearplugs

 

Hearing loss can sneak up on us in many forms.  With the summer months upon us, we may have concerts, air shows, or other potentially fun yet loud events in our future.   When it comes to these and other loud outdoor activities we shouldn’t let the fear of hearing loss prevent us from having a good time.  An article from People Hearing Better discussed a recent study on the effectiveness of earplugs.  The study involved a four hour long concert with two groups, one using ear plugs and one without.  “The study tested the amount of temporary threshold shift (TTS) that participants experienced since this indicates the amount of pressure put on the ears during the noisy event. The results showed that only 8% of participants who used earplugs had a significant temporary threshold shift (TTS) while 42% of people who used no ear protection had a TTS. In addition 12% of earplug users experienced tinnitus compared with 40% of the people in the unprotected group.”

Read more here: https://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/earplugs-and-noise-induced-hearing-loss

Loud noises can do serious harm to our hearing.  Taking steps at any stage of our lives to help preserve our hearing should be a priority.  No matter what fun we have planned ear plugs are a simple way to keep our ears in shape.  The article goes on to discuss ear plugs and ways to safely use them.

CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

 

 

April 11, 2016

Stresslinkedtohearingloss

Stress is everywhere around us.  Each day it starts with getting up on time, getting out the door, traffic, meetings, deadlines, interruptions, etc.   The list of stressors goes on and on.   These things can take their toll mentally and physically.  Did you know that chronic stress may actually be linked to hearing loss?  An article at peoplehearingbetter.com thoroughly explores this idea:

“Inside the ear are tiny little hairs that depend on the flow of blood and the delivery of nutrients for survival. These little hair cells can be slowly destroyed with a lack of nutrients or immediately destroyed when blood ceases to flow within the ears. Chronic stress plays a big part in the slowing or stopping of blood flow. The overproduction of adrenaline can reduce blood circulation in the inner ear or even stop it completely. Not only can this cause hearing loss over time, it can cause sudden hearing loss when circulations stops completely.”  Read more at:
https://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/relationship-between-hearing-loss-and-stress

The article goes on to discuss symptoms of stress induced hearing loss and ways to cope. Stress is a natural part of life. Taking steps to manage stress levels will help us, not just with our hearing, but also with other health and social issues.  According to the article, “Hearing loss and tinnitus can be a real stressor in and of themselves.” Don’t let that happen.  Taking action now to reduce and manage the stress in your life.  It’s essential to your health and well-being.

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

April 6, 2016

ScottSorensenCEO-small

 

We typically blog about a variety of helpful tips and recommendations for hearing health.  However, when it comes to hearing health and staying socially connected, we would be remiss not to talk about us – CaptionCall – at least for a moment.

Staying socially connected is critical for our overall health and wellness.  Hearing loss can make that challenging, especially when it comes to using the phone.  It can be frustrating, even embarrassing, asking people to continually repeat themselves.  At CaptionCall, we’ve got you covered.  You can receive a free CaptionCall phone and have it set up in your home at no cost in no time, and start using the phone again with confidence.

The CaptionCall phone provides smooth-scrolling captions of what your callers say on a large, easy-to-read display screen that is built right into the phone.  The captions are fast so you don’t get behind in the conversation.  Captions are accurate so you can easily understand.  The font size of the captions are adjustable to accommodate visual impairments. By using the call captioning feature, you are able to simultaneously hear AND READ what is being said.  It truly takes all the stress out of using the telephone.  CaptionCall delivers peace of mind and independence to anyone who has difficulty communicating effectively by phone.  To order a complimentary* CaptionCall phone, visit www.captioncall.com.

Well, enough about us (for now ☺).  We encourage you to take action for your hearing loss so you can stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life!

*Certification of hearing loss by a hearing-care or healthcare professional is required to participate in the free offer.  There are no upfront or monthly charges for eligible individuals to get and use the CaptionCall phone.