What Parents Need to Know About School Hearing Screenings

If your child gets a screening at school to check his or her hearing and is referred to a doctor or audiologist for further testing, don’t panic.  Pediatric audiologist Allison Ziska Dirham, AUD, says this is not a full diagnostic test. It’s just a basic health screening. “We have parents come in and they’re losing … Read More

5 Signs Your Child May Have an Ear Infection

Children often tug on their ears when they’re sleepy, but ear tugging and irritability also can be a sign of an infection. “Ear infections, also know as otitis media, are a common ailment for children from 6 months to 3 years old,” says Brandon Hopkins, MD, a pediatric otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon who … Read More

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How Safe Are Your Ears? (Infographic)

One out of every three cases of hearing loss in the United States is 100 percent avoidable. Surprised? While figures vary, these cases — caused by noise exposure — affect approximately 36 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Audiology. Many people don’t realize how noise exposure could put them at risk for this … Read More

Baby, Can You Hear Me? (Video)

Just a few months ago, 1-year-old Mason Henoch was way behind in his ability to communicate. Wendy Henoch, Mason’s mom, said she and her husband Matt knew something was wrong, but didn’t realize how severe the problem was. Around his first birthday, the couple took Mason to Cleveland Clinic, where he was diagnosed with severe … Read More

Too Old to Drive?

In the next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers — age 70 and older — is predicted to triple in the United States. Although many older motorists become more careful on the road, statistics show that they are more likely than younger drivers to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes. “The majority of elderly individuals … Read More

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Women in Their 60s: Staying Strong and Healthy (Video)

Your 60s should see you continuing your periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, mammogram, pelvic exams and colon cancer screenings (if needed), advises Holly L. Thacker, MD. You should have had your shingles vaccine by age 60, and by 65 you need the pneumonia vaccine and a bone density scan. Check your senses: are you having regular hearing and eye exams? You should!

Did You Hear That?

According to the American Academy of Audiology, approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, which is the third most common health problem in the United States. Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, attributes the significant number of hearing loss cases in adults to a variety of causes, including aging, noise exposure and genetics. While hearing loss … Read More