hearing loss

  1. Hearing loss linked to dementia

    Can you HEAR dementia coming?

    This could be one of the most important steps of all toward protecting your brain against the ravages of age and slashing your risk of dementia.

    And it's something your doctor probably won't even mention!

    Most folks don't get a hearing test unless they suspect something is wrong, but you know how that goes.

    Most folks who have hearing loss don't think ANYTHING'S wrong!

    They don't realize it, won't admit it, won't take action, don't get tested, and never get help.

    Now, new research shows how this form of ignorance definitely isn't bliss, revealing a link between hearing loss and cognitive struggles up to and including dementia.

    The new analysis looked at 36 other studies conducted around the world and at first -- surprise! -- didn't find much of a link.

    But once they weeded out the weaker studies and focused just on the highest-quality research, the link came in loud and clear.

    Overall, folks with hearing loss face a 22 percent higher risk of any form of cognitive problems.

    Even worse, that same hearing loss will increase your risk of dementia by 28 percent.

    That means millions of people are facing these risks right now, over something that's easy enough to correct.

    Easy enough, but a second study finds that just 1 in 5 older adults have had their hearing checked within the past five years.

    That's it.

    Even people who admit they have hearing loss rarely get tested, with nearly 3 out of 4 saying that they haven't been checked out.

    That means ALL of them are at risk for dementia, as hearing loss can damage your brain in at least two ways.

    The first is pretty direct.

    When you lose hearing, the part of the brain that processes those signals and helps you interpret and understand what's being said can go silent, and that can have an effect on your overall cognition.

    The second is the inevitable result of untreated hearing loss: You miss out on social engagement, which is a major part of brain health.

    Some folks even withdraw and stop going out. They'd rather stay in than admit they have hearing problems!

    There's no reason for this.

    Hearing loss is easy to fix, and doing so will improve your lifestyle immeasurably, making everything from driving to watching TV to talking with your loved ones so much easier.

    You can even go to the movies again and not have to worry about missing out on half the dialogue.

    All you need is a hearing aid.

    The downside is that many forms of insurance don't cover hearing aids... or they will cover the exam but not the device itself.

    Shop around.

    A growing number of retailers -- including big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Costco -- are offering comfortable, effective, and more affordable options

  2. Hearing loss can be stopped naturally

    How to reverse hearing loss

    The world's a noisy place these days. Turn on the TV, and you'll find people yelling at each other.

    Turn off the TV and head outside, more yelling.

    Sometimes, you wish you could just turn down the volume of everything.

    Be careful what you wish for, my friend, because there's a good chance that could happen -- just not in the way you want!

    New research finds that hearing loss is becoming increasingly common. Already, half of all older adults have at least some hearing loss, and that number is expected to jump to 55 percent in just three years.

    In just a few decades, TWO-THIRDS of all older adults will be battling hearing loss.

    In some cases, you can blame the usual suspects, such as loud music. A noisy concert from decades ago could've done permanent damage... and while you might not have noticed it at the time, it all catches up to you eventually.

    But the main cause of hearing loss in many older folks isn't a few long-ago concerts. It's not even a career in a noisy place like a machine shop or construction.

    It's much more basic -- and far more common -- than that.

    Today's leading chronic health problems -- the same ones you might be facing right now -- can also cause hearing loss.

    The high blood sugar levels of diabetes, for example, can slow circulation in the small blood vessels in your inner ear that play an essential role in how well you hear.

    Those incredibly sensitive blood vessels can also be damaged by high blood pressure.

    Even fats in the blood can gum up the works in there, slowing everything down and leading to hearing loss.

    Fortunately, there are ways to turn it around. You can stop the damage and reverse hearing loss even if you're already struggling to hear -- and you can start by improving that all-important circulation in the inner ear.

    That means finally getting control over blood sugar and blood pressure (with a healthy diet, not meds, as some drugs can make hearing loss worse).

    For some extra help, consider supplements of ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine, which can improve the flow of blood, especially in the inner ear.

    If you've tried all that and are still struggling with hearing loss, don't put off getting help.

    Studies show hearing loss can lead to other serious health problems, including cognitive decline and even death, so there's a lot at stake here.

    Get yourself tested, and if you flunk the tests, don't be too proud to consider a hearing aid.

    They're smaller and less intrusive than ever, and could make a big difference in your quality of life.

  3. Hearing loss gets worse as you get older

    Hearing loss is common in seniors – and the older you get, the more likely you’ll suffer from it.
  4. Hearing loss one of the effects of obesity

    Obesity can increase the risk of hearing loss, especially in women, according to a new study.
  5. Painkillers kill hearing in women

    Regular use of painkillers can increase the risk of hearing loss in women, according to a new study.
  6. Aspirin therapy can hurt as many as it helps

    New numbers show that aspirin therapy can harm as many patients as it benefits. Try natural approaches to cardiovascular health instead.
  7. The everyday pill that'll wreck your vision

    An aspirin a day won't do much for your heart, but it can do plenty for your eyes -- and not in a good way.
  8. Viagra leads to hearing loss

    A whopping one out of three men who take Viagra and similar sex meds suffer from more than just erection problems-- they're also battling hearing loss, according to a new study.
  9. Calling in a warning

    A major study run by the World Health Organization found that long-term use of cell phones may present a "significantly increased risk" for brain tumors.

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