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Hearing loss link to dementia in new international study

Addressing hearing loss can play a major role in preventing dementia, a new international study published in The Lancet today has found.Mid-life hearing loss tops nine risk factors that contribute to the risk of dementia.The Lancet report shows that almost a quarter of the risk that individuals can manage for themselves is linked to hearing. For the first time they raise the importance of addressing this in middle age - not when it has been left untreated to later life and the damage has already been done.The study says hearing loss can deny people a cognitively rich environment and lead to social isolation and depression, which are among the other potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia.The link between hearing loss and dementia certainly won't be news to you as an audiology professional. The Lancet study is the latest in a growing body of evidence that links hearing loss and cognitive decline.However, this particular report has put the spotlight on the crucial importance of addressing hearing loss at a much earlier age - between 45 and 65. This is much earlier than most discussions have centred on and gives us a real opportunity to continue to push for policy changes from government.In a public statement, BSHAA Chief Executive Prof David Welbourn today repeated the Society's call for people to look after their hearing, and to get a hearing test as an important step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Reacting to the new study, he said: "For far too long, hearing loss has been considered unimportant by too many in the medical community. It has often been passed off as an inevitable consequence of ageing. Neither of these are true. The Lancet commission on dementia is the latest, and perhaps the most definitive, of a growing body of evidence pointing to an important truth: the risk of dementia can be significantly reduced if people take good care of their hearing."This is a real wake-up call to people who can, and should, do something for themselves by getting their hearing tested and taking advice. This is such an easy way in which people can invest in their long-term health, just as they do by joining a gym or taking other steps towards a healthier lifestyle."People should not look solely to the NHS to provide answers, as they are already rationing access in many areas, even for those over 65. Modern technologies really do work and are cost-effective for anyone who values their quality of life and fulfilment in work and leisure alike."
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Come and join us at the Fordingbridge Summer Festival tomorrow from 11am. We will be there in our special Hearing Van and will be offering free screening tests and hearing advice. Hope to see you there! http://ow.ly/AVSJ30dCPi6
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How does someone with severe hearing loss in one ear and profound loss in the other fare with 24 hours of continuous traveling?
Read Angie's experience by following the link... http://ow.ly/WSBf30bfFcc
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"Favourite" four-letter word...

If this is your favourite four-letter word, perhaps its time you paid us a visit... http://ow.ly/67TL305VZGZ
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11 Hearing Aid Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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FREE Ear Healthcare Check.
Tuesday 25th October 2016 2pm - 4:30pm at Verwood Surgery, Station Road, Verwood, BH31 7PY.
FREE Ear Wax Check
Free Hearing Check
Free Professional Advice
Free Parking
Just pop along for a FREE ear wax check and have your hearing screened by one of our experienced hearing healthcare professionals.
If you have any questions you would like to ask about your hearing we are happy to provide expert, independent advice and discuss the range of help and solutions that are available for those who have hearing difficulties.
There is no need to book for this event, however, if you would prefer a personal appointment at a different time please call us on 01202 820638.
For directions: http://www.clarity-solutions.com/home/special-events/
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Protect your hearing.Noise-induced hearing loss can happen suddenly, say if you’re exposed to a loud impulse sound like a gunshot or explosion. Or, it can happen gradually — caused by regularly listening to music too loud, working in noisy environments, or using things like leaf blowers, lawn mowers, motorcycles or power tools without wearing proper hearing protection. But noise-induced hearing loss can also be prevented — by knowing what sounds are too loud (anything above 85 decibel) and either avoiding them, limiting your exposure or proximity to them, or wearing earplugs, ear muffs or other hearing protection when around loud noises.The chart identifies some common dangerous sounds. Be smart. Be safe. And protect your hearing!

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The discovery of a new gene may have brought scientists one step closer to finding a treatment for Otosclerosis. Otosclerosis causes hearing loss.

Scientists at the Ear Institute at University College London in the UK have found that Otosclerosis can be caused by a fault in the SERPINF1 gene. Otosclerosis is a hereditary condition in the middle ear affecting 1 in 200 people resulting in conductive hearing loss.

More information here: http://ow.ly/IFvf304ziK9
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Have you heard “Sorry, could you say that again?” once too often lately?

With hearing loss, sounds fade so gradually that they can disappear unnoticed. You and others may be under the impression that the person with hearing loss has selective hearing. This is usually because some sounds come through clearly but not others, and these gaps soon begin to appear in words and sentences. This makes conversation difficult in a crowded room or over the phone.If left untreated, hearing loss can affect relationships between the person affected and their family and friends, quietly eroding their quality of life. That’s why it’s important that you:Motivate your loved one to get a hearing test in order to take the necessary action.Learn how to make conversations easier by considering the way you communicate.Follow this link for useful advice on how to help someone you know cope better with their hearing loss.
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Are you hearing a constant ringing in your ears? Then it is most likely that you have tinnitus. Stay calm, it does get better for most people. Follow the link for this recently developed Tinnitus First Aid Kit designed to help you. http://ow.ly/Ju7O304l9ZR

There is also some very useful tinnitus information on our own website. See: http://www.clarity-solutions.com/hearing-loss/tinnitus/
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