Hearing Loss and Brain Shrinkage With Age

Updated Friday, April 13, 2018

…that hearing loss has been linked to dementia? According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia:

In a study focusing on dementia, researchers monitored the cognitive health of 639 people who were mentally sharp when the study began. The volunteers’ mental abilities were tested regularly, following most for about 12 years, and some for as long as 18 years. The results were striking: The worse the initial hearing loss was, the more likely the person was to develop dementia. Compared with people of normal hearing, those with moderate hearing loss had triple the risk. Source: AARP

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Allergy Myths Busted

A recent lecture at a national allergy meeting discusses some common misunderstood beliefs about allergies. We see these ideas frequently in our practice and can help treat these myths and your other allergy problems.

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Read the article here.


An Allergy Treatment That Goes Under the Tongue

Typical allergy immunotherapy has involved weekly shots in the arm and frequent visits to our office.  We still offer this traditional therapy.  Over the last 4-5 years we have been offering sublingual immunotherapy, or allergy drops, as a safer, more comfortable and convenient alternative.  This article from the New York Times discusses a recent study verifying the safety and effectiveness of this treatment over a wide range of patients.  Contact us if you would like to learn more.


The Good, the Bad and the Eww of Earwax Removal

A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses ear wax removal and cautions against overdoing it.  Ear wax (or cerumen) is good for your ears, providing protection against infection and disease.  Removal should only be required when the wax is excessive and causing problems with hearing or discomfort.  Care with removal is needed to prevent injury, damage hearing, or cause burns.

Read the entire article here.

Allergies Increasing, Especially in Children

Allergies are becoming more common, especially in children.  Nearly half of all children suffer from allergies.  A recent report on NPR details theories on why allergies are becoming more common and why some kids suffer and others do not.  Also discussed are available treatments, especially immunotherapy or allergy shots, which are the most effective treatment.  At Wyoming Otolaryngology we also offer immunotherapy via allergy drops for adults and children, which are safer, more comfortable, and more convenient than the traditional allergy shots.

See the full report at: To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm

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