Is My Hearing Normal for My Age?

By Dr. Marvin Lewis, Au.D.

Have you heard your family member or friend say, “My hearing is normal for my age?” It brings up the question, what IS normal for a particular age?

Audiology has a normal range from birth to about 20 years of age, but after that, we can only compare hearing back to that range. Hearing typically starts to decline slowly; for some, in their 20s, others, not until their late 40s. Certainly, by the time the 60s roll around, about 30% of people have at least a mild hearing loss, which is enough to affect conversation and comprehension.

When someone defensively says, “My hearing is normal for my age” they are really saying, “Hearing loss is common among people my age; I’ll get by.” However, that doesn’t make it normal hearing and the loss should not be ignored. Avoiding the subject can lead to misunderstandings, from a humorous event to a very embarrassing moment, so an evaluation by an audiologist is the best course of action.

An audiologist is a professional trained to evaluate hearing. Once the evaluation has been done, you can then make an intelligent decision about what to do next. 85% of test results show nerve cell damage from aging and exposure to loud noise, through work or loud hobbies such as using power tools and guns. Since nothing can be done by the physician or an easy surgical procedure, the answer to better hearing for this 85% majority is hearing aids. If you are one of the other 15%, a physician will be recommended.

Fortunately, hearing aids these days have high quality sound, fit comfortably, and most styles are hardly noticeable. Keep in mind, everybody’s hearing loss is different and that’s why the skills of an experienced audiologist are so important to find the right ones for
each patient. Then the hearing ability will be improved no matter what the age. Don’t settle for just getting by; have your hearing tested and find out that better hearing truly can improve your life.

Age Brings Changes in Senior Dental Care Treatment

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

It’s an indisputable fact—our bodies change as we get older and so does our need for dentistry. These changes take different forms in different people, depending on our inherited physical traits, our lifestyle and nutritional habits, and our medical conditions. Age brings changes in oral health and your need for dental care, too. There are some specific areas where seniors need to pay close attention to protect and extend their oral health.

• Tooth Color. Plaque is an invisible layer of bacteria that forms on our teeth and can trap stains at any age. But as we get older, plaque builds up more quickly and is harder to remove. At the same time, the tissue that lies underneath the tooth enamel, called “dentin,” is changing, and those changes can make teeth appear darker. Finally, decades of consuming coffee, tea, or tobacco leave stains that build up over time.

• Dry Mouth. Many seniors experience a reduced flow of saliva, sometimes as a side effect of medications such as painkillers or decongestants. For some, the lack of moisture inside the mouth can lead to sore throats, a burning sensation, hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing. In addition, if you leave dry mouth unattended, it can damage teeth, since saliva’s natural rinsing keeps bacteria washed away from teeth and gums. Sugar-free chewing gum and hard candy will stimulate natural saliva, and artificial saliva and oral rinses will provide much-needed relief. Ask your dentist which commercial products are the best for you.

• Cavities. If your gums begin to recede, the portion of the tooth that used to be below the gum line is now exposed. Roots are softer than tooth surfaces and are susceptible to decay; they are also likely to be sensitive to hot and cold beverages and food. Most people over age 50 suffer from some form of dental care disease. Make sure you take good care of teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing. A word of caution: your gums may be starting to thin. Brush thoroughly but gently to keep from tearing your gums.

• Fillings. Your fillings are getting older, too. They can weaken or crack or your tooth may decay around the edges of the filling. As a result, bacteria can seep into your tooth, causing more decay. Regular check-ups will give your dentist the chance to keep an eye on your existing fillings.

• Gum Disease. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. When gums become infected and diseased, they set off a chain reaction that can result in losing teeth or weakening the jawbone. Either condition creates more problems for your health and increases your medical costs. Contact your dentist if your gums become red or begin to bleed.

• Regular Exams. The dentist will check your mouth, teeth, and jaw for any problems. You should also mention any sores, swelling, or pain you might be experiencing. Regular checkups enable the dentist to spot problems early. Early resolution of problems will help you keep your natural teeth.

Dr. Scott L. Rose, Center for Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry, 440-542-1200, www.rosedental.com.

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With Pat’s busy schedule, shopping and keeping up with the latest fashion trends was not a top priority…nor did she even have a clue how to dress for her body type and coloring. Like many women, Pat began to experience skin problems. Her search for effective skin care products began and so did her personal journey into the world of fashion and image.

Pat made a life changing decision and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her creative nature, hard work and natural fl air for fashion led her to obtain a dual degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. With the love and support of her family and a strong personal faith, she started her own company, The Artistry of You. Pat has been involved in the beauty and fashion industries for twenty years. She is certifi ed in Skin Analysis, Color Analysis, Style and Wardrobe Consultation. Currently she is working with world class companies MMP and Image Innovators. Allowing Pat to provide her clients the very best products and services.

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Parenting Tips!

As you watch your children grow up, you can’t help but be proud of the independent young people they are becoming; as they start middle school or high school. But you may still worry or wonder if they are handling major changes in their lives in a healthy way.

Your child or teen is going through many changes right now BUT be aware of the warning signs that could indicate a serious issue.

SIGNS: Extreme weight gain/loss, Falling grades, Signs of drug/alcohol use, Refusal to attend school, Drastic changes in personality, Talk or jokes about suicide.

BULLYING: The issue of bullying in school is much more complex now than in the past.
While scuffles on the playground still exist, bullying today is much harder to detect and can be even more damaging. Behavior like: gossiping/cattiness, the “mean girls” trend, constant harassment via phone or internet (cyber-bullying).

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: You as a parent had primary control over whom your child associated with when they were young. Now the responsibility of building independent friendships lies solely on your teen. Do they have the skill to recognize a healthy versus unhealthy friendship? Do they know when it is time to end friendships that aren’t working anymore?

ACADEMIC STRUGGLES: Do you hear your child or teen say “I’m bored in class” or “I just don’t understand this subject”? Get your child or teen on the right track this new school year. Academic testing can help parents and students shed light on a wide range of potential learning or developmental issues. • Dyslexia • Giftedness • ADD/ADHD

MANAGING TRANSITIONS: Teens experience various challenges as they are transitioning to middle school, high school or college; dealing with intimidation from older students, fitting in or being perceived as “cool,” taking on more responsibilities. Help your teen learn healthy ways to deal with these types of stressors and what you can do as a parent to ease this transition.

Being a young adult is harder than ever today and so many parents feel helpless or at a loss as to how to help their child or teen succeed. Avenues of Counseling and Mediation, LLC can give you guidance as a parent and help your child or teen learn how to gain a sense of self and make good decisions.