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 …

Airplane Ear: When a Sudden Descent is Too Much for the Eardrum

Airplane Ear: When a Sudden Descent is Too Much for the Eardrum

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Ear Health, Resource, Tips & Tricks

With widespread vaccination reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are flying again, especially during the summer months. While it’s great that we can all get away for vacations again, flying can sometimes spell trouble for our ears. Wherever we’re seated on the plane, we have the same likelihood as anyone else that changes in cabin pressure could …

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 …

Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids   

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

Although most of us would much rather be optimistic and not think about it, emergencies can and do happen. Extreme situations can develop quickly and have a devastating impact. Being prepared can make all the difference when it comes to getting through a disaster. If you have hearing loss, this involves making some special preparations to make sure you stay …

Tips for College Students with Hearing Loss

Tips for College Students with Hearing Loss

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

The months of April and May are where prospective college students find out if they have gotten into their desired colleges. Those with hearing loss have a further question to consider as they prepare for the fall semester – how will the college accommodate their hearing loss?  Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and decades of education and …

Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunions

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Community, Tips & Tricks

We are faced with unusual limitations on how we celebrate this coming holiday season. For this reason, many of us will turn to virtual gatherings to reconnect with our family members. How can we make the most of these events? If you have tried them in the past, you will know that they can be tricky to navigate, particularly for …

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 …

The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Brain Health, Cognitive Health, Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Lifestyle & Leisure, Mental Health, Research, Tips & Tricks

Social engagement is often identified as extremely important for children and their development. This emphasis on social interaction during early stages of identity development often overlooks the importance of remaining socially active as one continues to age. Social activity continues to shape who we are and who we are becoming as we are always learning, growing, and changing throughout our …

Eating Healthy Can Protect Your Hearing

Eating Healthy Can Protect Your Hearing

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Diet & Nutrition, Research, Tips & Tricks

Being proactive about your wellness can enhance your quality of life. Maintaining a healthy diet is key to feeling the best you can. A healthy diet is an important preventative measure and can reduce the risk of various medical conditions including hearing loss. Hearing loss is a common health concern many people are navigating today. It is important to know …

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Aid Maintenance, Tips & Tricks

Caring for your hearing aids properly is an important part of owning the devices. Protecting your investment in not only your hearing health, but also the technology assisting you can ensure that your devices can stand the test of time. Outlined here are care and troubleshooting tips for hearing aids. Ask your audiologist how you can obtain a few items …