Posted in Medical

“Z” is for Zika (and other viruses that cause hearing loss)

Zika

The Zika outbreak last year brought awareness to the sad reality that certain viruses in the expectant mother can cause significant health problems to the unborn child. Many of those “Zika babies” are born with physical deformities or develop other deficits– which studies now show to include hearing loss. Even if not present immediately, the child should be monitored as the hearing loss can set in later on- just as we see for children who are prenatally exposed to CMV or herpes simplex.

Similarly, the Rubella (“German Measles”) epidemic in the US between 1962-1965 left many of those born to infected moms, with permanent hearing loss. Many children with hearing loss went undiscovered for years, due to the lack of early hearing detection/intervention programs at the time. Nowadays, we are fortunate to have many institutions in place to try to “catch” those children with hearing loss before they fall behind their hearing peers. And of course, those who have hearing loss owing to Rubella should recognize that there are many more options for treatment nowadays than perhaps were offered to them in the past. Speak to an audiologist who can recommend a custom plan based on your unique history and needs.

Here’s to the final letter of the BetterHearingABC’s, and to “Health/y/ears”!

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L is for Longer Lifespan

It’s no secret that life expectancy has improved from previous generations. Compare the average lifespan in the US of 69.77 in 1960, to 79.16 in 2015.

However, this blessing of added years often brings along chronic health issues, such as hearing loss, that place restrictions on daily activities.

By taking the proper steps to manage such conditions, we promote healthy aging: keeping ones cognitive and physical abilities in the best shape possible, in order to enjoy the Golden Years connected to the people and activities one loves.

If you suspect that you or someone you care about are being affected by a hearing loss, please give us a call at 917-791-1510 to fulfill those hearing needs, gracefully.

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B is for Baseline Hearing Test

Knowing the current state of your hearing is an excellent tool for the future. If your hearing is determined to be normal, it gives us a reference to identify possible causes of hearing difficulty occurring later on. Or, if your hearing has already begun to change, we can monitor the rate by which it’s changing and intervene with strategies for hearing loss prevention and management.

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