hearing loss

Hard of Hearing? Your Brain May be Shrinking

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWe’ve known for several years that hearing loss is linked to dementia and decline in memory and thinking skills, but we don’t yet understand why they are connected. A new study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore may provide an explanation: Older adults with hearing problems appear to have a greater rate of brain shrinkage as they age. Researchers used information from the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging to study 126 adults ages 56 to 86 who had yearly MRI brain scans …

Boomer’s Guide to Sanity in a Noisy World

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Kim Cook of The Associated Press Homeowner Christine Igot knows one thing for sure. “I will not have a fridge in my kitchen ever again,” she says firmly. In the new house she’s building, in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the 51-year-old is putting the refrigerator in a pantry off the kitchen and will double insulate the walls. Why? All that noise, noise, noise. Her present house has an open plan, and the sound of the fridge drives her crazy. …

Hearing Loss May Speed Up Dementia

Posted on 01/23/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHere’s a really good reason to get your hearing tested: New research indicates that older Americans with untreated hearing loss experience a faster decline in thinking and memory skills than do those with normal hearing. The study has widespread ramifications, considering that hearing loss affects 30 percent of adults ages 65 to 74, and 47 percent of adults 75 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the same time, only 25 to 29 percent of those …

Why Do Cellphones Get Cheaper But Hearing Aids Cost More?

Posted on 10/29/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s a frustrating dilemma: Why have digital improvements helped us get a cheaper smartphone, TV or computer, but the same kind of technological advancements have only caused the price tab of hearing aids to soar — and for a population who can least afford it? It’s a question that New York Times writer Tricia Romano asked in a recent article titled “The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid.” Romano is not an inexperienced hearing aid customer. She’s been wearing one …

Say What? Hearing Loss Hits Those in Their 50s

Posted on 02/20/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMillions of Americans age 50 and older have significant hearing loss, but only one in seven wears a hearing aid, says a new in-depth survey by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. And if you think hearing loss is just a problem among the most senior adults, think again: The 50-somethings in this country are in denial over their worsening hearing. There are 4.5 million adults ages 50 to 59 experiencing hearing problems, but only a measly 4.3 percent are using …

When Should You Talk To Your Doctor About Hearing Loss?

Posted on 01/17/2012 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Have any of the following happened to you? You’ve found yourself tired or stressed from trying to hear. You believe that everybody mumbles. You find it easier to understand others when you are looking directly at their faces. You frequently ask others to repeat themselves. You increase the television or radio volume to a point that others complain. You have difficulty understanding speech in noisy places like cars, restaurants …