Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

We have all pretended to hear during a conversation. We are familiar with what this looks and feels like: nodding along and inserting verbal cues indicating that you are listening even though you haven’t actually heard everything. We engage with others daily and conversation is integral to our professional and personal lives so depending on your ability to hear effectively, …

Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Hearing loss affects around 466 million people worldwide—approximately 48 million in the United States alone. It is likely that you have a friend or family member that is living with some degree of hearing loss.  While hearing aids, assistive devices, and cochlear implants are more advanced than ever at working to correct disabling hearing loss, the element of human connection is …

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Musicians & Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

It does not come as much of a shock to hear that musicians experience a higher rate of hearing loss than the rest of the population, but the sheer numbers can still raise an eyebrow. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, working musicians are almost four times as likely as the general population to experience noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). And …

Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Similar to many electronics, hearing aids have experienced significant innovation and are now more advanced than ever. One of the most common misconceptions about hearing aids is that they are big, bulky, and too visible. But advanced technology has produced hearing aids that are smaller and more efficient than they’ve ever been. The wide range of options available today have …

Difficulties with Communication Could Signal Hearing Loss

Difficulties with Communication Could Signal Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Effective communication is critical for healthy relationships, participating in social activities, and managing responsibilities. We engage with others consistently throughout the day, in both our personal and professional lives. Communication is important to how we interpret and make sense of and navigate the world we are in. A major way communication can be impacted is by hearing loss. Hearing loss …

Communication at Work – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Communication at Work – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions people experience. Nearly 1 in 8 people have some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. Impaired hearing reduces a person’s ability to hear which can significantly strain communication. This impacts all aspects of life including relationships and overall health. Navigating the workplace with hearing loss can …

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

We know intuitively that our modern society is louder than our bodies evolved to handle. It’s not uncommon to experience painful sounds from day to day, and many of our jobs or routines put us in regular contact with dangerous sound levels. While sound has to be above about 120 dBA (decibels A-weighted) to cause pain in the ear, even …

Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

In the United States alone, there are over 1 million hospitalizations per year as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s estimated that if we include incidents of TBI that do not result in hospitalization, the number climbs to around 3 million. It’s the leading cause of death or disability in the US. Injuries to the brain from blunt …

Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Though hearing loss has been with us throughout the ages, at present there is no cure. Our best remedies for hearing loss are hearing aids and cochlear implants (devices that bypass the ear entirely, sending electrical energy to the brain via the auditory nerve). Depending on the severity of hearing loss, hearing aids can usually augment hearing ability to near-normal. …

Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Uncategorized

Can ear infections cause hearing loss? There are a variety of factors and circumstances that contribute to hearing loss including environmental exposure to loud noise, heredity, aging, and medical conditions. Existing medical conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes have been linked to hearing loss. Another kind of medical condition that can also contribute to the development of hearing …