Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is also known as CHL. It is a condition that damages or obstructs the outer or middle section of the ear that interferes with the standard transmission of sound to the eardrum and inner ear. Materials such as fluids or ear wax may block the ear canal, consequently causing conductive hearing loss. Illness or infection can also …

Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Ear Health

An ear infection also referred to as acute otitis media, is a common cause of an earache. The condition is commonly associated with children, and it often causes distress, but it can also affect adults. It is an infection in the middle ear; this is the air-filled space behind the eardrum that has tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Infections …

Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss Treatment

Hearing loss is a problem that many people around us suffer. People from all age groups and ethnicity suffer from it. In the United States, only people from a young age group are suffering from this ability. Untreated hearing loss continues to become a suffering for millions of people. What is a hearing loss? It is when a person is …

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Disease, Lifestyle & Leisure

You’ve retired, you have your household affairs in order, you’d like to travel and perhaps visit friends and children out of state – but more often than not, you find yourself staying home. What’s holding you back? Studies show seniors tend to limit their movements to familiar areas if they have hearing loss. There’s a big world out there and …

Unexpected Causes of Hearing Loss

Unexpected Causes of Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss Causes, Noise

For many of us, hearing loss comes as a product of aging. It is the third most prevalent chronic health condition in the United States, although statistics do show 65% of the people with hearing loss are below what would be considered the retirement age. Getting yearly hearing evaluations at Encore Hearing Care should be part of your health regimen. …

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

Like a machine, the different processes of our health need to be in sync and properly maintained to keep us going strong. This September marks World Alzheimer’s Month, which sheds light on the cognitive condition that affects millions worldwide. At Encore Hearing, this is a concern because of the growing body of research that links hearing loss and dementia. What …

Loud Movies & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Loud Movies & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss, Lifestyle & Leisure, Noise

Everyone loves going to the movies. It’s a favorite pastime worldwide and enjoyed by people of all ages. Movie and sound technology have also surpassed our wildest dreams. The intensity of images, effects, sound and even motion have expanded sensory arenas that are quite astounding! The push to make movies a totally immersive experience has yielded some stunning audio-visual treats! …

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Loss Causes

The main reason for concern is that hearing loss is one of the top three growing, public health issues in the US aside from cancer and diabetes. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDICD), “One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older has hearing loss …

Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss

Having a loved one residing in a nursing home can be difficult at times. When your loved one suffers from hearing loss that can add even more pressure. The environment within the nursing home should be able to promote and maintain a social dynamic that fosters positive effects on their daily lives. Being equipped with a hearing aid alone will …

Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Mental Health

Treating hearing loss goes a long way in boosting hearing abilities and creating better communication. It is also critical to keeping feelings of isolation, of anxiety, and of depression at bay. In fact, people who are experiencing hearing loss, especially when it goes undiagnosed and untreated, often find themselves receding from their social life, wanting to avoid their loved ones, …