Month: June 2016

June 29, 2016

itsallaboutthedecibels

Boom! Did you hear that?  After hearing a very loud noise you may often experience a ringing in your ears. But just how loud does a noise have to be in order to really cause damage?  An infographic put together by a London-based air conditioning company does a great job of answering that question.   Refer to the Medical Daily article with infographic here:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/hearing-loss-sure-thing-these-sounds-worlds-loudest-noises-can-even-cause-death-357052

We all know some things such as a jet engine or gunfire can be harmful to our ears, but it’s interesting to see decibel levels of certain sounds to put things into perspective.  As each of us are impacted by life’s everyday noises, it’s important to periodically do a little audit of the sounds we are exposed to on a regular basis and ask ourselves, “Could this be harmful to my hearing?  Do I need to protect my ears from this?”  Your ears and your loved ones will be glad you did.

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

 

June 27, 2016

howtotellsomeoneyouhavehearingloss

 

Did you know there is a “best way” when it comes to telling people about your hearing loss?  A recent article posted at hearinglikeme.com discussed research done at Massachusetts Eye and Ear to explore how hearing-impaired people informed others about their hearing loss. The research identified three types of disclosure:

  • Basic disclosure:  Those who disclose that they have hearing loss and perhaps also share details about their condition.
    • Example: I’m partially deaf due to an infection I had years ago.
  • Nondisclosure:  Those who do not disclose their hearing loss and/or use phrases that normal hearing people may use;
    • Example: I can’t hear you. Please speak up.
  • Multipurpose disclosure:  Those who disclose hearing loss and also suggest an accommodation strategy;
    • Example: I don’t hear as well out of my right ear. Please walk on my left side.

You can read more at http://www.hearinglikeme.com/how-to-talk-about-hearing-loss/.

According to the study, the best way to tell someone you have hearing loss is using the multipurpose method.

“Hearing loss is an invisible disability; however, asking people to slow down or face someone with hearing loss while speaking may improve communication.”

Hearing loss is often accompanied by an increased desire to isolate yourself to avoid the frustration that comes from not being able to understand what people say.  The frustration can be avoided simply by taking a moment to explain to people what the issue is and how to best work around or accommodate your individual hearing loss.  They will appreciate knowing, and you will appreciate the conversation more fully!

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

June 24, 2016

Suprisingthingsthatcausehearingloss

A lot of people love surprises. Getting a call from an old friend, having family stop by, etc.   However some surprises can be a little less exciting.  Recently ‘People Hearing Better’ posted an article about 5 surprising things that can cause hearing loss.  Most of us assume that hearing loss is related to aging or exposure to noise.  Here are a few other possible causes that may come as a surprise to you:

– Lyme disease
– Osteoporosis
– Sleep apnea
– Antibiotics
– Stress

Red the whole article at http://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/five-surprising-things-can-cause-hearing-loss.

Now I know some of these had to be a surprise to you.  They were to us.  Maybe the biggest surprise of all is how closely our hearing health and our overall health are intertwined.  More and more evidence shows that proper healthcare and wellness habits are directly related to our hearing health, and vice versa; caring for our hearing health can impact our overall health and wellbeing.  They go hand in hand!

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

 

June 20, 2016

hearingsmartforthefourthofjuly

 

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and with it comes fantastic firework displays.  Whether you are planning on seeing a grand performance at the park or you have got a nifty little firework collection to set off with your family, it is important to remember safety when it comes to your hearing.  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) has an excellent list of things to do to make sure you don’t accidentally cause any permanent hearing damage, including:

  • Keep a safe distance
  • Wear earplugs
  • Know your limits
  • Be sure to see a professional if you feel your hearing has been affected in any way

Let’s all enjoy the celebration – picnics, parades, barbeques, and even fireworks – but please take precautions to protect you hearing as you celebrate, and pack some ear plugs for the fireworks show.  Having them on hand at the parade is not a bad idea either.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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 care.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!

Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator

June 17, 2016

hiddencostsofuntreatedhearingloss

 

People sometimes worry that treatment for their hearing loss will be expensive.  What they don’t realize is that not getting their hearing loss treated can potentially be much more expensive.

According to a study by the Medical University of South Carolina and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, people with untreated hearing loss experience much higher medical costs than 1) people without hearing loss, and 2) people with treated hearing loss.  According to Healthy Hearing’s analysis of the research:

“Yes, the costs of healthcare were higher for those with treated hearing loss than for those without any hearing loss at all, but those who spent the most on healthcare were those with untreated hearing loss. Even taking into account adjustments to the data for those who received hearing treatment such as hearing aids, those being treated for hearing loss still paid significantly less for healthcare than those who had hearing loss but did not receive hearing treatment.”

Read more at http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52656-The-hidden-healthcare-cost-behind-untreated-hearing-loss

Multiple studies link one’s overall health with hearing loss, showing that the negative health-related effects of hearing loss often manifest themselves earlier in life and with more intensity when left untreated.  Bottom line – it’s not worth gambling with your health and your pocket book.  Take action for your hearing health today.

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

June 13, 2016

avoidthehighcostofcognitivedisorders

 

We have written before on how hearing loss can lead to additional stress on the brain and how this stress can  lead to multiple cognitive disorders.  Well, there is another compelling reason why making sure our hearing is at the top of its game. A study published by HealthAffairs.org shows that mental disorders are the most costly condition in the United States.

“A look ahead suggests that reductions in deaths from heart conditions and cerebrovascular disease are likely to drive spending on mental disorders even higher, as more people survive to older ages – when mental disorders, such as dementia, become more prevalent,”

Read more at http://www.alfa.org/News/5026/Mental-Disorders-Most-Costly-Condition-in-US

There are many things that can be done to help keep your mind sharp, including staying socially engaged through healthy hearing. When it comes to hearing loss, the most important thing you can do is see a hearing care professional to help you stay connected to the world around you, preventing isolation and keeping the mind strong.

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

June 8, 2016

isyourhearingmuffled

 

Have you ever experienced muffled hearing?  (Wearing ear muffs or earplugs doesn’t count.)  Our friends over at everydayhearing.com ran an excellent article on possible causes of muffled hearing listing several possibilities including:

  • Ear wax
  • Asymmetric hearing loss
  • Ear infection
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • High-frequency hearing loss

We recommend checking out the article for more detail at http://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-loss/why-is-my-hearing-muffled/.

Please note that if you ever experience any sudden change in your hearing, the most important thing you can do is see a hearing care professional – immediately.  Treat it like a medical emergency.  Your hearing health is too valuable to take chances with.

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

June 6, 2016

smartearplugs

 

The military and hearing loss have a long history together.  Constantly being around loud gunfire, heavy equipment, and explosions causes permanent damage to the inner ear. Putting in earplugs will protect a soldier from damaging noise; however, it won’t help with their auditory awareness or being able to hear quiet sounds such as someone sneaking up behind them.  NPR recently shared an article about a new hearing device that the military has been implementing to address this issue. It’s called TCAPS, or Tactical Communication and Protective System.  The device is really quite amazing.  It is capable of controlling or minimizing the volume of loud noises while simultaneously boosting the volume of quieter sounds like whispering.

Learn more at http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/03/480173016/armys-smart-earplug-damps-explosive-noise-but-can-enhance-whispers

In the military, there is always a sensitive line between protecting your hearing and being able to hear everything you need to.  The military understands the value of protecting the long term hearing health of their soldiers.  They also recognize the importance of good hearing for a soldier’s safety.  This new earplug seems to offer the best of both worlds.

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

June 3, 2016

canhearingcarebeanemergency

I can just get my hearing checked later.  This seems to be the mindset for a lot of people when suddenly they have a change in how well they’re hearing. Unfortunately, many people feel like procrastinating treatment is fine in the long run.  However, this is not often the case.  EverydayHearing.com recently published an article talking about the having your hearing checked right away if you have a sudden change. According to the article:

“Sudden hearing loss should be treated by an ENT physician as a medical emergency.”

Read more here: http://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-loss/articles/when-is-hearing-loss-a-medical-emergency/

A sudden change in our hearing can potentially be a real issue that with time will only worsen.  Taking steps to make sure we are managing hearing loss quickly can make all the difference.
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