As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

[Helen Keller is credited with writing that “Blindness cuts us off from things but deafness cuts us off from people.” This is incredibly accurate and is often unrecognized by those around us. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on both your social and professional life. Coping with hearing loss is different from other disabilities as it is invisible; even …

Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

[Individuals suffering from hearing loss may find communicating with others to be stressful, frustrating, and discomforting. While there is a portion of those with hearing loss who are quite open about their struggles by asking you to make adjustments to help during a conversation, many people in fact either don’t realize that their hearing is declining or they choose not …

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

As we’ve welcomed in the New Year, many of us have also come up with a plethora of resolutions to improve our lives. We resolve to eat healthier, exercise more frequently, or to quit drinking and smoking. More often than not, these resolutions revolve around our overall health. What’s often missing from the list is protecting our hearing. It is …

Great Things to Hear this Holiday Season in Seattle, WA

The holiday season is upon us and that means there are a lot of great activities to put on your calendar. Seattle is an excellent city to engage in all of the sights—and sounds—of the holiday spirit. Here are some things that you might want to consider as you begin planning how to spend the end of 2018 with your …

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

In addition to ringing in the holiday season, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that people can have. It typically affects people who are over the age of 65 years old. The National Institute on Aging suggests that the “number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age …

How Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

Hearing loss does more than effect those it afflicts. Often, it’s the people around us who also suffer silently. With the number of people with hearing loss expected to nearly double in the next few decades, it’s important to consider the effects of untreated hearing loss on not only the person experiencing hearing loss, but on their family and close …

In Honor of World Alzheimer's Month

In Honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, Get Your Hearing Checked

It was the news that hit 58-year-old British man Peter Lyttle like a train. “You have vascular dementia,” explained the doctor. He then said that Peter would be lucky to live for another 5 years. Now Peter is on a quest to raise awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s, in honor of World Alzheimer’s month. This is a problem that is …

Redskins’ pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan discusses hearing loss in his left ear

Redskins’ pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan discusses hearing loss in his left ear

Hearing loss affects many people, no matter their age, race, gender, class, or nationality. Hearing loss is not a barrier to one’s success, as Ryan Kerrigan, a 16th overall NFL draft pick in 2011 has shown. Kerrigan is a pass rusher who spent his college years in the storied Purdue football program. Kerrigan was a unanimous all-American, and was voted …

Scientists are Conducting Hearing Tests on Beluga Whales

Scientists are Conducting Hearing Tests on Beluga Whales

Beluga whales have long been studied for their intelligence, migration and social habits. Now, new research has just been released about the hearing ability of belugas. It’s the first time hearing has been studied in a wild population of sea mammals. What did they find? In contrast to populations of dolphins living in captivity, wild belugas had a sharp sense …

Subtle hearing loss while young changes brain function, study finds

Subtle hearing loss while young changes brain function, study finds

The WHO estimates that some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the misuse of personal audio devices. They are listening at dangerous levels and for long durations of time. This is the very definition of noise-induced hearing loss: dangerous sound exposure over long periods of time. Typically, it is a condition associated …