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  • Untreated Hearing Loss Linked To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

    When Anne Madison could no longer hear her microwave beep, she assumed that her appliance needed repair. In fact, the machine worked well, but her confusion foreshadowed a frustrating struggle: a long and lonely battle with hearing loss. Madison didn't bother going to a doctor after the microwave incident. She knew that hearing aids were so expensive that she could never afford them. So she decided to deal with the hassles of hearing impairment on her own and "just kind of pulled up my socks." Before long, her world began to shrivel. She stopped going to church, since she could no longer hear the sermons. She abandoned the lectures that she used to frequent, as well as the political rallies that she had always loved. Communicating with her adult sons became an ordeal, filled with endless requests that they repeat themselves, or speak louder. And when she moved to a Baltimore housing development in 2013, she got a reputation for being standoffish, with neighbors incorrectly assuming…


  • Listen Up: Hearing Aids May Do More Than Just Treat Hearing Loss

    Age-related hearing loss is rarely dramatic, happening slowly over time, robbing older people of snippets of conversation and leaving them unable to filter out background noise as well as they once could. Early signs can include routinely cranking up the TV volume and having trouble with phone dialogue. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to social isolation and mental and physical decline. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A new study suggests intervening with hearing aids at the time of a hearing-loss diagnosis among people 66 and over can lower the risk of new onset Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, depression or anxiety, and fall-related injuries over the next three years, compared with patients who didn't start wearing hearing aids right away. That's according to a study from the University of Michigan published Sept. 4 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The difference was in the double digits. The risk of being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's after…