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Swedish audiologists provide free hearing screenings for teens at special event

August 08, 2018

On July 18, youth from the Seattle Teen Music Ensemble at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute learned about the impact of noise exposure on...

Don't let loud noise damage your hearing

June 10, 2016

Loud noise. The lawnmower, the vacuum cleaner, your motorcycle. Loud noise is all around us, yet much of the time we are so used to it that we don’t give it much thought.  But at high levels, the force of sound vibrations can damage tiny cells inside our inner ear. Here’s how to protect your ears.

Newborn hearing screenings and early intervention

May 13, 2016
Some newborns pass their hearing screenings just fine but also have risk factors for developing hearing loss. 

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In these cases, it’s important for an infant to be seen by an audiologist for a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Catching a hearing problem in infancy could keep a child on track to reach important developmental milestones.

I’m having a hearing test. What should I expect?

February 24, 2016

As an audiologist, I spend a lot of time diagnosing hearing problems. Unfortunately, many of the people I see for hearing tests are worried first and foremost that they will be pressured to buy a hearing aid. That’s not the case.

Sudden Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know

May 28, 2015

Sudden hearing loss is considered a medical emergency that annually affects about 4,000 people in the United States (Gianoli and Lee, 2001). Sudden hearing loss happens in a specific way: It generally affects only one ear and occurs within a period of 72 hours. It is frequently accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, or a combination. The hearing loss may be partial or complete. 

Health Consequences Associated With Untreated Hearing Loss

February 23, 2015
As research continues in the area of untreated hearing loss more and more findings show that it is not worth it to wait to do something about hearing deficits.  Current research is showing correlations between untreated hearing loss and dementia, depression, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increased mortality.

A study published in the Archives of Neurology on February 14, 2011 found that hearing loss was associated with dementia (all causes).  They noted that the greater the hearing loss the more at risk a person was for dementia.  Additionally, they noted that for individuals in their study over the age of sixty, more than one-third of the subjects with risk of dementia had associated hearing loss.  One reason that may support these findings would be the exhausting of cognitive reserves; in other words more brain power goes into straining to listen for comprehension of speech than other cognitive processes, like working memory.

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Heart health and hearing loss may be connected

February 18, 2015
Could hearing loss be an indicator for cardiovascular disease? February is American Heart Month so it is a perfect time to bring up this question. More and more research has been showing that there is a link between people’s cardiovascular health and their hearing. This is yet another important reason for middle-aged and older adults to get their hearing tested.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and it accounts for nearly 30% of all deaths worldwide. Fortunately, early intervention and identifying important risk factors for cardiovascular disease has decreased its incidence. Despite the medical advances in recent decades, there is still a need for more sensitive screening techniques to identify heart disease sooner.

This is where hearing testing could come in:

Volunteer trip to Kenya for spine surgeries

February 12, 2015

I'm in Nairobi, Kenya in the hopes of performing 20 much needed spine deformity surgeries.  While in Kenya we will be working along side the Kenyatta National Hospital surgeons to develop a sustainable spine treatment program through hands on training and education.

Here, the team is en route to Nairobi.

We'll be working with the National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIH), which as the name suggests is a hospital who offers medical treatments to patients with spine injuries. NSIH is a national referral facility with a capacity of 32 beds. For this reason, it cannot accommodate more than 30 patients at any one time; 2 beds are to be spared for medical procedures. Statistics indicates that there are over 200 people waiting for treatment at any one single time.

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Home-bound Seniors Receive Free Emergency-Preparedness Kits

January 27, 2015

American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish partner to provide supplies to some of King County’s most vulnerable residents

SEATTLE – Jan. 27, 2015 – American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish Health Services today launched delivery of free emergency preparedness kits to 1,000 vulnerable, home-bound King County seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The kits provide emergency food and water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, thermal blanket, hand warmers and other items to help individuals during the critical first 72 hours of an emergency.

“This is an opportunity to provide additional support to these older adults who may find it more difficult to obtain emergency supplies,” said Paula Houston, CEO of Senior Services. “It also allows us to address the larger issue of emergency preparedness with these clients and help them think about how to plan to connect with their caregivers or other means of support during an emergency.”

A recent University of Iowa study found that the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. In the Puget Sound region, such disasters as earthquake and inclement weather are most likely to impact these vulnerable populations.

Home-bound seniors receive free emergency-preparedness kits

January 27, 2015

American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish partner to provide supplies to some of King County’s most vulnerable residents

SEATTLE – Jan. 27, 2015 – American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish Health Services today launched delivery of free emergency preparedness kits to 1,000 vulnerable, home-bound King County seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The kits provide emergency food and water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, thermal blanket, hand warmers and other items to help individuals during the critical first 72 hours of an emergency.

“This is an opportunity to provide additional support to these older adults who may find it more difficult to obtain emergency supplies,” said Paula Houston, CEO of Senior Services. “It also allows us to address the larger issue of emergency preparedness with these clients and help them think about how to plan to connect with their caregivers or other means of support during an emergency.”

A recent University of Iowa study found that the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. In the Puget Sound region, such disasters as earthquake and inclement weather are most likely to impact these vulnerable populations.

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