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 …

Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

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

Hearing loss impacts millions of Americans. Nearly 30 million people live with impaired hearing, making this a common health concern. Hearing loss often occurs gradually so changes to hearing can easily be overlooked and remain untreated. This is particularly dangerous because it can worsen one’s hearing and exacerbate other existing health issues. It is important for people to have their …

Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, & Treatments

Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, & Treatments

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

Hearing loss has become one of the most common health concerns that Americans are navigating today. Nearly one in eight people have some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Hearing loss often happens gradually over time so it can be easily overlooked or ignored. This means …

Studies on Hearing Loss and Injuries

Studies on Hearing Loss and Injuries

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

If you experience hearing loss, you may be at higher risk for personal injury. The correlation between hearing loss and accidental injury was closely examined in a 2018 study. The research findings help us understand the ways in which hearing loss impacts people’s lives. Impaired hearing continues to be a growing public health concern that millions of people are navigating. …

Protect Your Hearing

Protect Your Hearing

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks

Maintaining hearing health is crucial for your general well-being. Our sense of hearing is a major way we understand and move through the world as it facilitates absorbing, processing, and responding to information effectively. This allows us to participate in our favorite activities, engage in conversation, listen to music, and watch television with greater ease and comfort. Hearing involves a …