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Addressing Hearing Loss, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders in the Elderly can Improve Quality of Life standard

By Neil W. Aiello, Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center With increased longevity in today’s society comes a corresponding increase in the incidence of hearing loss, dizziness and balance problems. Each of these conditions are common among the senior population. Some revealing statistics from the National Institute on Aging include: Approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems. Nearly half the people who are 75 or older have hearing loss. As many as 40% of all adults will experience dizziness severe enough to warrant reporting it to their doctor. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, over 90 million Americans will experience dizziness or vertigo in their lifetime. Dizziness ...

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Tinnitus: What’s that ringing in my ears? standard

By Shannon M. Aiello, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology What do David Letterman, Pete Townshend, Charles Darwin, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Steve Martin have in common? Other than being notable individuals in history or entertainment, all of these people have lived with chronic tinnitus. And they are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough that they seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately 2 million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people ...

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