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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common health condition among older adults with a prevalence of >50% in people aged 60 years or older [1]. It causes the sufferers to lose the ability to efficiently communicate with family, peer group, and work place. It leads to chronic stress and is associated with significant psychological and medical co-morbidity, such as social isolation, cognitive decline, and depression [2].

Etiology

Hearing loss is a complex, etiologically diverse medical condition where multiple genetic and environmental factors are involved. Environmental factors include noise exposure, ototoxin exposure, infections, smoking, and comorbidities like hypertension or diabetes. There are distinct between-subject differences regarding onset, pathology, and form of impairment. Critically important for speech intelligibility are the frequencies affected by hearing loss in the range between 55Hz and 7,040Hz (7 octaves).

Hearing Aids

Patients typically report improved quality of life with use of hearing aids but commonly complain that they cannot understand speech, especially in the presence of background noise. Despite implementation of noise-reduction strategies and directional-microphones, everyday communication through hearing aids has still really frustrating limits at present.

What You Can Do About It

For adults with hearing loss, auditory training can facilitate communication in noisy situations as it almost always leads to an improved speech intelligibility [3]. Also, auditory training on a regular basis counteracts cognitive decline very efficiently – getting involved and doing something about it is the most important step to successfully cope with hearing loss. Coming soon: download the self-assessment [Auditory Evaluation and Training App] for free.

[1] Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Collaborators. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet 2015; 386: 743–800
[2] Hsu WT, Hsu CC, Wen MH, Lin HC, Tsai HT, Su P, Sun CT, Lin CL, Hsu CY, Chang KH, Hsu YC: Increased risk of depression in patients with acquired sensory hearing loss: A 12-year follow-up study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016; 95(44): e5312
[3] Humes LE, Skinner KG, Kinney DL, Rogers SE, Main AK, Quigley TM: Clinical Effectiveness of an At-Home Auditory Training Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ear Hear. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
Hearing loss as a function of frequency over 7 octaves
Hearing loss as a function of frequency between 55Hz and 7,040Hz (7 octaves, 8 tones/octave) showing left (red) – right (green) differences.

Self-assessment auditory evaluation and personalized training
Self-assessment Auditory Evaluation App combined with personalized, hearing-loss specific auditory training (frequencies: 55Hz-7,040Hz).
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