Friday, Oct 10, 2014
Harbin Clinic today announced that its Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) practice will host two seminars this month to shed light on the link between hearing loss and cognition. The Cartersville event is scheduled for Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce located at 122 W. Main Street. The Rome event is set for Friday, October 24 at 11 a.m. in Harbin Clinic’s Education Center located at 1825 Martha Berry Boulevard. Both events are open to the community and free of charge, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided. To register for the Cartersville event, attendees can call 762-235-2300, and for Rome, 762-235-2280.
At the event, a Harbin Clinic practitioner will explain how hearing loss can lead to isolation and depression and even affect cognition, with a special focus on how cognitive loss can be a precursor to dementia. There will also be discussion of the benefits of developing an aural action plan, which helps patients adjust to hearing loss through the use of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. People will also learn strategies for better management of, and more full participation in, conversation.
According to the American Academy of Audiology, more than 36 million Americans suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing impairment caused by damage to the inner ear or nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This type of hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in older adults after high blood pressure and arthritis, respectively. Studies have shown that older adults who experience hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia compared to those with normal hearing.
“While hearing decline is generally recognized as a normal part of the aging process, there is a clear correlation between hearing loss and loss of brain function,” said Robert King, MD, chairman of Harbin Clinic’s Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery practice. “It is important for older adults to recognize early signs of hearing loss and be proactive about seeking intervention as soon as possible to lessen the risk of developing cognitive disorders as a result of untreated hearing impairment.”
Common signs of hearing loss
- Frequently asking people to repeat themselves
- Having to listen to the television or radio at a higher volume than usual
- Difficulty understanding conversations over the phone
- Trouble deciphering conversations that involve multiple people
- Difficulty hearing in noisy, crowded environments
- Saying “huh” or “what” a lot
If you or loved ones experience any of these symptoms, contact Harbin Clinic to set up an appointment to have your hearing evaluated today. Harbin Clinic ENT Rome is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 762-235-2300. Harbin Clinic ENT Cartersville now has extended hours. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. For appointments, call 470-490-6380.