Tapping Into Help for Hearing Loss by Smartphone

I used to have perfect hearing, although I could select what I didn’t want to hear. But now that I’m getting older, I am becoming more concerned about my hearing. I am also a recent cancer survivor, truly thankful for every day that I wake up. One side effect of my chemo treatment is auditory nerve damage. I can still hear well enough so I don’t need a hearing aid. But it got me thinking: How do you hold a …

Poker Photo Flushes McCain’s Pastime Into the Open

There was Secretary of State John Kerry, briefing members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on using military force in Syria. And there, as the hearing wore on, was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) passing time by playing poker on his iPhone as Kerry talked. From behind McCain, an eagle-eyed photographer for the Washington Post snapped a photo of what she saw, which was soon dispatched  to the rest of the world via the Internet, triggering a virtual tidal wave of reaction. McCain …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

Eew, Earwax: To Clean or Not to Clean It Out

What is it with our obsession with earwax? We pick, prod, dig, candle, irrigate, swab and vac it out, sometimes with harmful results. A fascinating story in the Wall Street Journal today has an earful of stunning facts, including: Some 12 million Americans visit medical professionals annually for earwax removal. Millions more have it done at spas and ear-candling parlors, which theoretically suck out earwax with a lighted candle. North Americans also spent $63 million last year on home ear-cleaning …

I Can’t Believe What I’m Hearing: New Guidelines For Older Ears

It just seems like common sense: Screening older adults for hearing loss is a cheap, effective, harmless way to determine if their hearing ability has worsened and might be helped with a hearing aid. And yet the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force won’t recommend routine hearing exams for those 50 and older. They won’t even commit to recommending that doctors ask about any hearing problems in older adults. Does this make sense? The task force is a panel of medical …

Aging At Home, With The Help Of Technology

Some call it the “bonus years,” others call it a challenge.  Either way, we’re living longer lives (in 1900, the average life expectancy was about 47…now it’s about 78) and more than ever we want to remain active, healthy and most importantly independent . And for most, that means one thing: AARP research indicates 9 out of 10 people want to stay in their own homes as they age. With retirement lasting as much as 20, 30 or even 40 …