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Do you know anyone with hearing loss? You may know one, you may know several. You may THINK you don’t know anyone at all who has a hearing problem. The fact is, hearing loss is a lot more common than many people think it is. Hearing loss comes on very gradually, so someone close to you could be in the process of compensating for a hearing loss even they haven’t noticed yet.
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Being a human is complicated. There’s a lot about it to try and understand, especially when it comes to all the interrelated aspects of the human body. Here’s an interesting fact you may never have heard before: the state of your heart can affect the state of your hearing. We understand how that can sound a little fishy, but there have been 60-plus years of research into the heart/hearing connection.
We wouldn’t exactly be reporting a news flash if we told you that smoking is bad for you. It would be highly unusual if you hadn’t heard about the links between cigarettes and cancer, heart disease and respiratory issues. You might be surprised, however, to hear that smoking is also dangerous to your hearing. That connection has been known about for quite some time but doesn’t get the kind of press the links to other health problems do.
You have probably heard a great deal about the connection between bodyweight and the likelihood of developing such conditions as sleep apnea, diabetes and heart disease. What you may not have heard much about is the link between hearing loss and bodyweight. In order to begin understanding that connection, you must first know something about the “hair cell,” an exceptionally small but incredibly important part of the inner ear.
Hearing aids have been around, helping people, for a long time. But most of the people who need one still shy away from them. There are all sorts of reasons that people give, ranging from cost to simply not wanting to be seen wearing something that makes them “look old.” Whatever the reason, the fact remains that close to half a billion people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss and most of them aren’t doing anything about it. Many can’t, due to poverty, but simply choose not to act. ...
Reaching out for professional help and finding a solution to a hearing problem is a tried-and-true step toward better communication with the world around you. What may surprise you, is that it might also help you avoid spending time in hospitals.
“Osteoporosis”—it means, “porous bone” and refers to a condition in which old bone begins to be replaced more slowly than before; that leads to a decrease in the density and quality of bone, making breakage far more likely. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about osteoporosis in relation to the risks of falls in older people. What might surprise you about osteoporosis is that it shares a trait with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and other maladies like hearing loss. In fact, one stu...
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