As an Invisible Condition, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

As an Invisible Condition, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

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

Some needs in the community are plain for all to see. Take, for instance, mobility challenges. When we see someone facing a mobility issue, we can witness the need for assistance and step in to help. Our public institutions also step in to assist with the needs that are visible. However, invisible disabilities are those that tend to receive the …

Tired of Loud Restaurants? Time for a Hearing Test!

Tired of Loud Restaurants? Time for a Hearing Test!

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

Think back to the last time you were in a restaurant. How was your experience there? Perhaps you were lucky enough to find a quiet place where the conversation was easy and you were comfortable in your surroundings. Although these restaurants are out there, many more provide a worst-case scenario for background noise. Not only do they play background music, …

All About Assistive Listening Devices

All About Assistive Listening Devices

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

When you think of hearing assistance, hearing aids are probably the first devices to come to mind. Indeed, this technology is the most common form of hearing assistance, and many people have seen their lives transformed by integrating hearing aids. Whereas communication might have been difficult in the past, hearing aids can improve conversations, relationships, and even physical, mental, and …

Headphones & Hearing Aids

Headphones & Hearing Aids

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

Music lovers are among the first to seek out treatment for hearing loss once it becomes necessary. When they realize that they are hearing a reduced range of frequency, timbre, and volume in the sound they love, they are quick to make an appointment to get help. Whether they love to go to concerts, sit at home listening to records, …

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 …