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The Weekly News Reader’s Choice Awards 2017

Thank you for helping us win last year! Now is your opportunity to vote for Elgin Audiology again for 2017!   Voting is open until Tuesday, February 28, 2017   Vote at: www.theweeklynews.ca/readerschoice Scroll down to “ENTER HERE” and click on the word “HERE”   You can vote for Elgin Audiology under the category: Elgin’s Favourite Health and Medicine #114 Audiologist and Hearing Aid #120 Hearing Clinic   Thank you and we really appreciate your support!

Hearing is the key to good health

Bad hearing could lead to issues like memory problems and heart disease, new research has  discovered.   We often take good hearing for granted and just accept that, like our eyesight, it fades over time.  However, new studies suggest hearing loss can be linked to major health issues like memory  problems and heart disease, so it might be time to listen up and get serious about your ears.  Whether it’s the result of too many rock concerts in our youth, genetics or the constant buzz of  everyday life, we’re all susceptible to hearing loss. The trick is catching it early and doing  something about it.​ ​ Robert Beiny, the UK and European Audiologist of the Year and Director of the Hearing  Healthcare Practice in Hertfordshire, UK, is among the hearing specialists urging people to take  their aural health more seriously.​ ​ “What’s hearing got to with it?” he muses to Cover Media. “Wellness is generally used to mean a  healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. It  takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Fitness, exercise and diet all play a part –  as does hearing well.​ ​ “Changes in hearing occur so slowly that we fail to notice subtle changes in how we enjoy  company and interact with workmates. Evidence links these changes with an increased risk of  heart disease, diabetes and memory loss. Our character alters and we can suffer increased  anxiety, social isolation, depression and insecurity.”​ ​ There are also huge benefits, personally and professionally, in taking care of your hearing.  Robert notes that with improving our listening, other aspects such as family relationships and  mental health are also boosted.​ ​ “With research now confirming people who hear well earn higher salaries and have better  employment opportunities, it makes sense to your general well-being to keep your hearing in  tune,” he adds.​ ​ So maybe it’s time to track down a local audiologist and undergo a hearing test just to make sure  you’re A-OK. As the expert says: “Add hearing to your general health check list along with eye  exams, visits to your dentist and routine check-ups with your GP.”​ ​ And don’t fret about the future if hearing loss already is a problem; technology will be your  friend. The days of ugly hearing aids and ear antennas are long gone and those contraptions your  grandfather once stuck behind his ear are old school. The help available these days is subtle and  largely invisible.  Call Elgin Audiology today to book your hearing test!​ ​ © Cover Media Group 2015 

Hearing loss undertreated, despite evidence that hearing aids reduce depression, anxiety

Hearing loss is undertreated among adults, despite evidence that hearing aid technology can  reduce depression and anxiety and improve cognitive functioning, according to a presentation at  the American Psychological Association Annual Convention.   “Many hard of hearing people battle silently with their invisible hearing difficulties, straining to  stay connected to the world around them, reluctant to seek help,” David Myers, PhD, of Hope  College in Holland, Michigan, said in a press release.    David Myers   A study from the National Council on Aging with a cohort of 2,304 individuals with hearing loss  found that participants who did not use hearing aids were 50% more likely to experience sadness  or depression than participants who did wear them.  Additionally, individuals who used hearing aids were significantly more likely to regularly  participate in social activities.  Another study, published in the Archives of Neurology, found that hearing loss may be a risk  factor for dementia. Years of sensory loss may increase susceptibility to dementia, according to  the study’s researchers.   Further, social isolation, which is common among individuals with hearing loss, is a known risk  factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders, Myers said.   According to the National Center for Health Statistics, individuals with hearing loss wait an  average of 6 years from the first symptoms of hearing loss before seeking treatment, and adults  aged 20 to 69 years who have hearing loss are 50% less likely to use hearing aids compared with  adults aged 70 years or older.  In addition to denial, vanity and less awareness of how much they are missing are reasons for  this delay, according to Myers, who has hearing loss.  “Anger, frustration, depression and anxiety are all common among people who find themselves  hard of hearing,” according to Myers. “Getting people to use the latest in hearing aid technology  can help them regain control of their life, and achieve emotional stability and even better  cognitive functioning.”  Reference:  Myers D. A quiet world: the psychology of hearing and hearing loss. Presented at: American  Psychological Association Annual Convention; Aug. 6-11, 2015; Toronto.   

Do you know these five trending facts about today’s new hearing aids?

They can be invisible now. Many new hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality and ease of use.   They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids more versatile than ever before in a broad range of sound environments.   You can enjoy water sports and sweat while wearing them. Waterproof digital hearing aids have arrived. This feature is built into some new hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.   They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids…

Next-generation hearing aids have significant improvements

Embedded computer chips make hearing aids come in loud and clear By: Drs. Oz and Roizen Health Advice, Published on Tue Apr 16 2013 Q: I’m turning 60 next week, and maybe all those rock ‘n’ roll concerts I went to are finally taking their toll on my hearing. I think I need a hearing aid, but I don’t want to look like my grandmother. Any advice? — Adele, C., Boulder, Colo. A: Oh, yes. For you—and all the rock ‘n’ rollers in their 60s and 70s—the answer to “Tommy, can you hear me?” finally might be yes, because of the amazing breakthroughs audiologists are making these days. For those of us old enough to have experienced the British Invasion (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,…

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