Linda Tanaka

Linda Tanaka

Connect with Linda Tanaka, M.A./CCC-A at Pacific Coast Audiology located at 18821 Delaware Street, Suite 204 in Huntington Beach by calling (714) 274-9335 or visit www.paccoastaud.com

Do you have difficulty understanding conversation especially in the presence of background noise?  Do you complain that your spouse mumbles?

You may be suffering from hearing loss. A condition, that if left untreated, results in more than missing conversations that can result in feelings of social isolation, depression and risk of falls. Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing or treat their hearing loss early.

As we age, this condition can become increasingly significant. Additionally, there is a possible correlation between hearing loss and brain decline according to Dr. Franklin Lin, associate professor of Geriatric Medicine and Otolaryngology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Over a six-year study (JAMA Internal Medicine. Frank R. Lin, MD, PHD. Hearing loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults (http://archinite.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1558452#qundefined), Dr. Lin observed 1984 adults with a median age of 77.4 years. Over the course of the study, tracking the progression of their cognitive function, he concluded that while further research was needed to identify the mechanics of how and why untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline are related, “There is little doubt that hearing loss is a factor in loss of mental acuity in older adults. Even subjects with mild untreated hearing loss were found to more likely experience cognitive failures.” Further, “declines in hearing abilities may accelerate gray matter atrophy and increase the listening effort necessary to comprehend speech. Hearing Aids may not only improve hearing, but preserve the brain.”

Risk of falling

People with a 25 decibel hearing loss (classified as mild) were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than those with no hearing loss. Every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss translated to an increase in the risk of falling. One out ofthree adults age 65 and older fall each year and these falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Hearing loss decreases awareness of surroundings and environments and also increases cognitive load, in turn this raises the potential for falls.

While research is ongoing, the association between hearing loss and increased chance of falling is considered clinically significant. For the reasons above, it is reasonable to suggest that physicians inform their patients of the potential consequences of untreated hearing loss, and to advise their patients to have their hearing tested annually and wear hearing aids when recommended by their hearing care professional.

Latest News

Unique Boutique: Doheny Clothing Exchange

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Unique Boutique: Doheny Clothing Exchange

Certain things in life I am very grateful for. These things include chocolate, wine, soul music ...

THE ART OF FALSETTO

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

THE ART  OF FALSETTO

“The gypsy cri-i-i-ied…” Lou Christie – The Gypsy Cried Was the voice you heard a high pitched female alto, a ...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Attila Glatz Concert Productions Proudly Announce Salute to Vi…

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

Segerstrom Center for the Arts  and Attila Glatz Concert Productions  Proudly Announce  Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 in spectacular style with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at Segerstrom Cente...

Sanctuary Home Furnishings byRenaissance

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Sanctuary  Home Furnishings  byRenaissance

Last spring, with the “immense assistance of my design and sales team,” Owner Dennis Penman completely redesign...

Paris in a Cup: French Flair, Lunch Fare, Great Gifts and Holiday “SpecialTeas!”

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Paris in a Cup:   French Flair, Lunch Fare, Great Gifts and Holiday “SpecialTeas!”

Paris in a Cup is a transporting experience. That is to say, once inside, you’re in Paris. Segmented into two u...

Mobile Dental USA. Bringing the Dentist to You!

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Mobile Dental USA. Bringing the Dentist to You!

Serving private residences/homesNursing homesCorporate buildingsVeterans’ communities There are countless thin...

The “Mindful Mover’s” Wish List

Health & Wellness The ALIGN Pilates & Yoga Team

The  “Mindful Mover’s” Wish List

The holiday season has arrived! But what to do about that perfect gift? Well, if there’s a special someone in y...

Living with Lymphedema. Benefits of Quality Medical Compression Garments

Health & Wellness Livia De Los Rios

Living with Lymphedema. Benefits of Quality Medical Compression Garments

The word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that results from the pooling of too much lymph fluid in areas of ...

Finding Body Harmony with Health Works Juice Bistro

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Finding Body Harmony with Health Works Juice Bistro

A symphony orchestra is typically comprised of seventy to one hundred musicians. Depending on the work being pl...

Less Bluster, More Bustle. Finding Your Way in the Windy City

Travel Jody Robinson

Less Bluster, More Bustle. Finding Your Way in the Windy  City

My first introduction to the city of Chicago was the 1995 film While You Were Sleeping. B-roll of the city’s sk...

Chicago Eats. Distinctive Dining Destinations

Dining Out Sorbet Mag

Chicago Eats.    Distinctive Dining Destinations

312 Chicago136 N. La Salle Street Old World charm and authentic Italian cuisine is at its finest in the heart ...

Addressing Depression - Naturally

Health & Wellness Mary McPherson

Addressing Depression - Naturally

Depression does not discriminate based on your social standing, how much money you have in your bank account, y...

Battling the Isolation Crisis with ALYCEMates

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Battling the Isolation Crisis with ALYCEMates

When one contemplates the term “health crisis,” images from the 1995 medical disaster movie Outbreak come to mi...

A Mission for Michael: Setting a New Standard for Recovery

Health & Wellness Sorbet Mag

A Mission for Michael:  Setting a New Standard  for Recovery

Historically, great change has been associated with fire. A great crucible, reforming lives beneath the purifyi...

Pets of the Month

Home Life Jody Robinson

Pets of the Month

This scruffy little guy is King, a four year old cutie who is hoping to meet his match. While King enjoys playi...

Sad Songs, Heartaches and Tragedies

Entertainment Joe D

Sad Songs, Heartaches and Tragedies

“What in the world’s come over you…?” Jack Scott, “What in the World’s Come Over You” The lyrics of the 1950’s...

The Towers at Laguna Wood Willage

Home Life Sorbet Mag

The Towers at Laguna Wood Willage

Ask any resident of The Towers why he or she moved there and you’ll get a similar response: “I was ready to giv...

SOKA Performing Arts Center presents TenPints New Music Series - John Welsh Band - Latin Reggae

Entertainment Sorbet Mag

SOKA Performing Arts Center presents TenPints New Music Series - John Welsh Band - Latin Reggae

Friday, October 20, 2017 @8:00 PM John Welsh Band creates a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African...

Business Showcase: Shamrock Windows and Doors. Insulating Your Investment and Installing a View of t…

Business Showcase Sorbet Mag

Business Showcase: Shamrock Windows and Doors. Insulating Your Investment and Installing a View of the Future

Average temperatures in White Bear Lake, Minnesota range from -6 degrees Fahrenheit to 106. It isn’t difficult ...

Platinum Pacific. Your Retirement Community Leader in Quality Remodels

Business Showcase Jody Robinson

Platinum  Pacific. Your Retirement Community Leader  in Quality Remodels

There has been a surge in popularity over the past decade in the field of home renovation. At first, it was sim...

Prev Next