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Hearing aids can affect certain chronic illnesses
Posted by Dr. Larry Schmidbauer on September 21, 2022
In 2018, a team from the University of Michigan studied a group of older adults who reported they had severe hearing loss to see if hearing aid use impacted how they use our health care system. Some in the group treated their hearing loss with hearing aids, while others did not. Knowing that hearing aids can be a significant investment, the team was curious to...
Hear better — age better
Posted by Dr. Larry Schmidbauer on September 02, 2022
Don't we all want to stay healthy and happy as we age? And we all know many of the obvious ways to do it — like exercising, eating right, not smoking and getting enough sleep. But did you know our hearing also plays a role in healthy aging? Since September is Healthy Aging Month (bet you didn’t know that?), we thought we’d share four ways...
Everything you need to know about swimmer’s ear
Posted by Dr. Larry Schmidbauer on August 19, 2022
Summer is upon us and now, more than ever, we’re looking forward to enjoying outdoor activities — particularly water sports! Unfortunately, with water sports, we also see an increase in swimmer’s ear. What is swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear is an infection found in the outer ear canal, the area that extends from the outer ear...
Hearing aids are linked to a lower risk of falls
Posted by Dr. Larry Schmidbauer on August 05, 2022
Falls are some of the scariest and most frequent injuries suffered by older adults. According to the CDC: One quarter of people over 65 falls each year Three million older people go to the ER each year for falls One in five falls causes a serious injury Falls account for over $50 billion in medical costs each year There are many reasons why older...
It’s better to treat hearing loss sooner
Posted by Dr. Larry Schmidbauer on July 15, 2022
A few years back, a New York Times article pleaded that the treatment of hearing loss needs “to be taken much more seriously.” Much of the article’s basis for that plea were the numerous mental and physical health consequences of letting hearing loss go untreated, including increased odds of depression, falling, emergency room visits, and, of...
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