Age-related hearing loss affects 40% of Americans older than 75, and is becoming more prevalent as the population ages. Yet, researchers still don’t understand exactly why and how it happens, and effective treatments for it are lacking. People who are starting to lose their hearing are told to wait until … Read More
Hearing aids are expensive (average cost: $4,700 for two—and HealthyHearing.com says as much as $4,000 each), they require a prescription, and they're not covered by Medicare. If a commercial insurance plan covers anything, it’s usually the hearing exam and maybe a small portion of low-end hearing aids. Many people don’t … Read More
A loss of hearing can severely impact your quality of life. For many of us, a loss of hearing makes us frustrated, angry, and depressed. We know we miss out on conversation bits, but we find ourselves somewhat embarrassed at constantly saying, “What did you say?” If that loss of … Read More
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which causes a person to perceive noise in one or both ears when no external sound exists. The noise can occur intermittently or persistently and can interfere with sleep and concentration, and has been linked with stress and depression. The … Read More
Brain-training games and exercises, studies show, may help stave off dementia. Spend just a few hours engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed, new research suggests, and you could dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia. A slowing of processing speed—the ability to attend … Read More
Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.
Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a … Read More