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Joyce Hollman

8 ways to guard against the hearing loss-memory loss connection

Since I entered my 60s, my hearing isn’t what it used to be. I find myself asking people to repeat things. They don’t seem to mind and neither do I. After all my hearing is not that bad. But what does bother me is this: Research establishes a firm connection between age-related hearing loss and memory problems, possibly even Alzheimer’s. This is what we can do to combat that threat…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Fallen lately? Here’s why you should get your hearing checked…

If you’ve been feeling out of balance or even taken a tumble, it may be time to get your ears checked — but not for the reasons you might think. It turns out your hearing plays a bigger role in your balance than ever realized and a hearing test could help you avoid a fall…

Jenny Smiechowski

3 diets that halt age-related hearing loss

A recent study shows healthy eating can help you maintain healthy hearing as you age. The study included 20 years of data from the Nurses’ Health Study II Conservation of Hearing Study. Researchers scanned the data to find changes in hearing sensitivities over three-year periods. And here’s what they noticed…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How to use white noise to improve your hearing

Like a lot of people, I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, my hearing isn’t quite as good as it used to be. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I drive my husband crazy by constantly saying, “What?” and “Can you please talk louder. I can’t hear you!” But I’ve found a little trick to avoid embarrassing moments like these…

Joyce Hollman

9 changes that can sneak up on you in your 50s

Once you turn 50, things in your body start to change. We expect some changes in appearance and abilities, but a few of these are just plain weird. If you know they’re coming, you’ll be better prepared for them. You may not be able to reverse them, but there are ways you can continue to feel like yourself and enjoy what’s to come.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

3 age-related diseases and dangers hearing aids can reduce risk of

Hearing loss is pretty much a given with age. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. But, of all the diseases and conditions we face with age, is hearing loss that bad?

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Jenny Smiechowski

4 amazing benefits of asparagus you should know about

When you eat in-season, the food’s fresher. It tastes better. And packs more nutrition. If seasonal eating strikes a chord with you, look for the stalky, green vegetable that sprouts every spring — asparagus. This scrumptious veggie can provide major health benefits that you’ll want to take advantage of…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How to safely clean your ears without losing your hearing or infecting your brain

I grew up cleaning my ears with cotton swabs. Unfortunately, those swabs are still big business and the chosen ear-cleaning method for many — even though they can result in a ruptured ear drum, ear infection, impacted ear wax or much, much worse… like a life-threatening infection of the lining of your brain…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

When it looks like dementia but isn’t

If you spend time with an elderly relative or act as a caregiver, you know how those little signs their cognition is slipping can be cause for concern. But some seniors who appear to be headed down the path of dementia, are actually suffering from something totally treatable.

Joyce Hollman

Feeling down? Get your hearing checked

If you or a loved one have experienced any degree of hearing loss, you know that it’s not just about losing your hearing. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to have your world grow more and more silent. This symptom shouldn’t be surprising then…

Joyce Hollman

Why protecting your hearing could prevent dementia

Many people confuse dementia with Alzheimer’s, when it’s really just one cause of dementia. Other causes include Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, stroke and depression. But, research has uncovered a previously unrecognized cause you need to hear about…

Joyce Hollman

Tired of tinnitus? There’s an app that could help

For years, the best options for dealing with tinnitus have been antidepressants to help with sleep, treating any underlying causes like high blood pressure or changing medications that could be the problem. But an exciting new therapy you can do at home has been successful…

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