May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

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

We all know that May is the month of some pretty important events, including Star Wars day, National Hoagie Day and National Clean Your Room Day (seriously), but the whole month is also dedicated to highlighting the communication problems people face. This the aim of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), who have launched their Better Speech and Hearing campaign this …

Everyday Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

Everyday Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

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

As waves of lawsuits and millions of pounds of compensation has shown, we certainly don’t tolerate loud noises in the workplace anymore. The same however, cannot be said for our leisure activities. Indeed, noise from everyday leisure activities are fast becoming the chief cause of noise-induced hearing loss. The problem with this kind of hearing loss is that it takes …

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 …

Ensuring That Your Meetings are Accessible to People with Hearing Loss

Ensuring That Your Meetings are Accessible to People with Hearing Loss

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Communication, Hearing Loss, News, Tips & Tricks, Workplace & Economy

Do you run a lot of meetings at the office? Do you sometimes feel like not everyone is on the same page, or that some people on your team are struggling to hear? Roughly 60% of those with hearing loss are in work or educational settings, and as a leader at your workplace, it’s important that your meetings are accessible …

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. …

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Communication, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks, Workplace & Economy

Do you struggle to hear around the conference table during a meeting? If you attend a lot of meetings, or find yourself leading discussions, you know that hearing loss can have a huge impact on your work. While the words your colleagues are saying are important, learning to pick up on the subtle nonverbal cues can help you follow conversations …

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 …