Millennials, Gen Z and their Connection with Hearing Loss

Millennials, Gen Z and their Connection with Hearing Loss

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

If you think hearing loss only affects older people, think again! More young people than ever are experiencing the effects of noise-induced hearing loss. While about 10% of Millennials have measurable hearing loss, 17% of Gen Z has it. This is especially concerning since Gen Z is the younger of the two generations. What Is Causing the Rise in Hearing …

A Link Between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

A Link Between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

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

One persistent myth about hearing loss is that it is mostly caused by noise. While noise-induced hearing loss is a common phenomenon and does pose a threat to many people, it is only one part of the picture. It is quite possible (and common) to experience problematic hearing loss as the result of an aggregate of causes. Noise exposure is …

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

It’s May again, and that means it’s Better Hearing and Speech Month! Each year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) to spread awareness of hearing loss and other speech-language disorders. Whether you’re concerned that you or someone you love may have hearing loss, or you just have questions about hearing loss or hearing protection, …

A Link Between Hearing Loss and Cardiovascular Disease

A Link Between Hearing Loss and Cardiovascular Disease

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

Roughly one out of four deaths in the U.S.—about 659,000 per year—are the result of cardiovascular disease. It is safe to say that heart health is nearly tantamount to overall health, and the means of maintaining heart health are fairly well-understood at this point. Regular exercise (3 sessions per week), a healthy diet high in vegetables and lean meat, and …

Addressing Early Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Dementia

Addressing Early Hearing Loss Could Help Prevent Dementia

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

The link between hearing loss and dementia has been in the news a lot lately. That’s because it’s big news, and it’s starting to change the game in terms of hearing protection and amplification. The World Health Organization (WHO) put hearing loss at the top of a list of twelve modifiable risk factors at play in the development of Alzheimer’s …

Tips for Better Hearing in Noise

Tips for Better Hearing in Noise

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

Hearing loss is a common problem, affecting about 14% of Americans, especially those over age 60. Many people first realize they have a hearing issue when background noise is present, as background sound makes it harder for even those with normal hearing to understand speech. For those with hearing loss, it can be downright impossible. Those with even mild hearing …

How Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

How Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

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

Hearing loss is an all-too-common problem for Americans, affecting about 14% of the total population. As we age, hearing loss becomes more and more likely, though many people working in high-risk professions are likely to experience problematic hearing loss well before retirement age. For those who begin to experience hearing loss while still in the workforce, it can pose additional …

Chronic Tinnitus, Anxiety & Depression

Chronic Tinnitus, Anxiety & Depression

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

Have you ever attended a rock concert, sports event, or maybe a fireworks display, and when you left your ears were ringing? Usually, the ringing goes away in a day or two, but some people develop chronic tinnitus, where the sound lingers for years, or even for the rest of their lives.   Tinnitus is a common health concern for …

Why You Should Talk About Hearing at Your Next Physical

Why You Should Talk about Hearing at Your Next Physical

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

There is so much to stay on top of in life. You pay your bills on time, maintain your home appliances, and keep up with work, but there may be something important you are forgetting. Taking care of our bodies is essential to our overall health, happiness, and wellbeing. As humans, our bodies are miraculous and complex. It’s a wonder …