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What Did You Say? Tackling Hearing Loss on the Job

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in News | 0 comments

The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life. Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, the sooner you take action to address hearing loss, the sooner you’ll see that treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job. If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, you’re not alone. Of the nearly 40 million people in the United States with hearing loss, the majority are still in the workforce. And more than 10 percent of full-time employees have a diagnosed hearing problem, according to EPIC Hearing Healthcare’s, “Listen Hear!” survey. Another 30 percent suspect they have a problem but have not yet sought treatment. And still another study revealed that hearing loss is actually common among forty-something’s – people who are in the prime of their careers. The vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. And today’s high-tech, sleek, and virtually invisible hearing aids are better than ever. They make it easier to hear sounds and people from all directions and filter out noise. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal and out of sight; and many are wireless, so they can interface easily with other high-tech devices like smartphones, conference-room speaker phones and hearing loops. Some are even waterproof, and others are rechargeable. Achieving success really does take action. And addressing hearing loss is no exception. In fact, addressing hearing loss is a great way to put your best foot forward – and it pays off. Consider these five ways that getting a hearing test and using professionally fitted hearing aids, if recommended by a hearing care professional, could pay dividends on the job for you: 1. Let the boss know you’re a go-getter. Addressing hearing loss sends the message that you want to succeed and that you’re willing to do what it takes to make that happen. It also shows self-assurance and a willingness to deal with issues head-on. 2. Improve your on-the-job communications skills. A national study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) found that nearly seven out of 10 participants with hearing loss reported improvements in their ability to communicate effectively in most situations because they used hearing aids. They saw improvement in their ability to hear in business meetings, while talking on the telephone, in small gatherings, in quiet conversation and at restaurants. 3. Strengthen your work relationships. Good listening skills are important to understanding the needs of clients, customers and co-workers as well as to positive workplace interactions. So why allow treatable hearing loss to pose a barrier when a hearing test and hearing aids might help? Instead, take action to hear your best. Research shows people with hearing loss saw improvements in their work relationships when they used hearing aids. 4. Amp up your confidence. Enhanced self-efficacy is an important benefit of using hearing aids. Research shows that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, they often feel less self-critical and more in control of their lives. One BHI study found that the majority of people with mild and severe hearing loss felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing aids. 5. Unleash your earning potential. Hearing your best at work helps you do your best. Using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to...

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Hearing Loss Symptom of More Serious Medical Condition

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Think you might have hearing loss? It turns out procrastinating about that hearing test appointment may put more than just your hearing at risk. Primary care doctors now know hearing loss may be a symptom of another, more serious medical condition. Over the past decade, studies have linked hearing loss to three concerning co-morbidities: Cardiovascular disease Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Poor cardiovascular health causes inadequate blood flow throughout the body. “One of the first signs of a problem is blood vessel trauma to your inner ear resulting in damage to fragile hearing nerves,” says Dr. Patricia Ramirez, an audiologist and trainer at Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. “The outcome is hearing loss, particularly in the lower frequencies.” A recent study showed a “significant association” between low-frequency hearing loss and the dangerous effects of cardiovascular disease, including strokes, coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Because of this, you should immediately report it to your primary care doctor if you have a hearing test that indicates hearing loss – especially in the low. He or she may recommend a complete cardiovascular work-up. Dementia Despite the results of multiple studies linking hearing loss to the onset of dementia, many people are unaware that untreated hearing loss poses a threat to cognitive health. But studies have shown the more profound the hearing loss, the greater the possibility of cognitive decline. Why is hearing loss a likely factor in the development of dementia in some patients? Theories include: * The same, as-yet-to-be discovered cause of dementia may also cause or contribute to hearing loss * Straining to hear and understand exhausts your mind and inhibits its ability to function at peak performance * People who cannot hear well, or have difficulty hearing in crowds, often avoid socializing. Isolation is an established contributor to mental decline. Additional studies have associated hearing loss with more rapid brain shrinkage, particularly affecting areas of the brain responsible for processing speech, sound, memory, and sensory integration. Early diagnosis and medical intervention can help slow the progression of dementia in some patients. Treatment with hearing aids not only helps improve your hearing – it might stave off or even slow down the development of dementia. Diabetes People with diabetes are two times more likely to suffer hearing loss than those without the condition. Diabetes actually encompasses a group of diseases associated with high blood glucose levels caused by an inability to produce or use insulin properly. Nearly 26 million Americans have a form of diabetes. Research measuring the ability to hear at the low, mid and high-frequencies in both ears, found a link between diabetes and hearing loss at all frequencies, with a somewhat stronger association in the high-frequency range, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. It appears the damage is more common in patients with Type 2 diabetes, which represents approximately 95 percent of cases in the U.S. Another significant study tested 5,000-plus individuals and found more than 30 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes also experienced hearing loss, according to the NIDCD. What you should do if you think you have hearing loss No one wants to be told “you have hearing loss,” but ignoring an obvious problem will not make it go away.  In fact, delaying treatment could make the problem worse and potentially endanger your overall health. Finding out you have hearing loss allows a hearing care professional to fit you with appropriate hearing aid amplification to help improve your hearing and provide you with test results that could alert your primary physician if you have...

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