Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

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

Sound occurs when the fragile complex system inside our ears picks up vibrations in the air, which our brain then interprets and identify.  Our days are permeated with sounds that are relaxing or stressful to our ears. The sounds in our day are inescapable and when sound becomes bothersome, we call it noise. When this noise in a particular area …

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Hearing Loss & Fatigue

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Cognitive Health, Fatigue, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms

Do you find yourself low on energy, exhausted after a day of busy interactions, whether in a social or work setting? Hearing loss may be the culprit for your exhaustion. Hearing loss and fatigue may seem unrelated, but in reality, they are much more connected than you realize. Fatigue is defined as “extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical …

Veterans and Hearing Loss

Veterans and Hearing Loss

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

Veterans – particularly those who’ve served in war zones – have considerably higher rates of hearing loss than the general public. Seeing as 20 percent of the public in the US has some level of hearing loss, the rates among veterans are disturbingly high. The most frequent service-related disabilities among soldiers that served in Iraq and Afghanistan are hearing loss …

Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Brain Health, Cognitive Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Mental Health, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms

Have you noticed that a loved one is struggling to remember things? You may be worried about a possible Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, and Alzheimer’s is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the US. While memory loss is often an early warning sign of dementia, it could also be pointing towards something else: hearing loss. Studying Memory Loss and …

A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

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

You might think that hearing loss is only caused by exposure to loud noises, but it may be coming from a different source.  Hypertension can also effect your hearing, according to some recent research. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, has long been associated with heart disease, strokes and diabetes, but now we are becoming aware of its consequences on hearing. …

Add an Annual Hearing Test To Your New Year's Resolutions!

Add an Annual Hearing Test To Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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

When most people make new year’s health resolutions, it is usually to do with improving their overall cardiovascular health, or abstaining from damaging habits like smoking or drinking. Taking care of your hearing doesn’t jump out as a popular choice to focus on, but you might not realize that paying more attention to this can be beneficial to your long-term …

Headphones & Hearing Aids

Headphones & Hearing Aids

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

These days, it seems like everyone is plugged into a device, whether making a phone call or listening to music on their commute. It may be that the headphones you are wearing are contributing to hearing damage. Headphones are getting smaller and more technologically advanced. Smaller is not always better, in fact. There are in fact links between the use …

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Brain Health, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Disease, Mental Health, News, Research

Did you know that November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that people experience. The degenerative brain disease affects people’s memories, and people with Alzheimer’s typically have difficulty remembering information that they have learned relatively recently. There are other issues that people with Alzheimer’s disease face, from difficulties remaining oriented in a …

Why You Should Consider Hearing Protection

Why You Should Consider Hearing Protection

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

Hearing protection isn’t just for people working with heavy machinery. In today’s noisy world, hearing protection can help you preserve your hearing even when you are surrounded by noise. Most hearing loss develops directly as a result from noise exposure, with damage done to our auditory system accumulating over time until significant hearing loss makes comprehending sound and speech challenging. …