月度归档三月 2019

Hearing Loss and Mental health Connection

Losing your hearing is a difficult and frustrating experience for anyone to go through. Time progresses and sounds become harder to pick up, voices become harder to hear, and many people face inevitable stress trying to understand the next steps and what life to come looks like. 

But what many people don’t consider beyond the surface is the effect that untreated hearing loss will have on their mental health. At Little Rock Audiology, we are advocates for taking care of hearing along with recognizing and acknowledging when symptoms are occurring in order to take care of your mental health. Conditions and feelings that stem from hearing loss include the following. 

Depression

Depression is a common result of hearing loss. So much so that the National Council of Aging has found that those with hearing loss are 50 percent more likely to experience depression. A study found seniors having untreated hearing loss often reporting feelings of being depressed for periods of two weeks or longer. For the longest time it was believed that adults approaching their later years of life that hearing loss is just a harmless reality, but this clearly debunks this myth. Women with hearing loss have also been known to experience higher rates of depression than their male counterparts. 

Cognitive Decline

Recent hearing loss studies have connected cognitive decline with untreated hearing loss. We don’t know if cognitive decline or even dementia are caused by hearing loss, but we do know there is a link established that needs to be looked further into. Research leads to the idea that a higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline among those with untreated hearing loss is caused by a number of factors. One University of Colorado found that a phenomenon called “Brain Reorganization” is common with hearing loss, where as the part of your brain devoted to hearing shrinks as the ability is lost and other parts of the brain step in to fill the vacated roles. 

Social Isolation

Loneliness and isolation is a serious risk for seniors with hearing loss. Many become frustrated in their struggle to hear and understand, more so in noisy environments than others. They’ll avoid getting out and living life the way they once enjoyed. This very much goes hand-in-hand with the idea of the risk of cognitive decline and dementia from untreated hearing loss, as your brain is like a muscle and the loss of one sense decreases the stimulation it once had. 

At Little Rock Audiology, we are passionate about helping people prevent hearing loss and also getting people back to a sense of normalcy with hearing aid and counseling solutions. Call today to learn more!

Common Questions Regarding Veneers

If you want a smile that you are excited to show off, but don’t currently have one, then veneers might be the solution for you. Veneers are an artificial coating made from porcelain or resin that attach to the surface of teeth. The primary purpose of veneers is to restore the natural pearly white appearance of teeth through recoloring, reshaping, and realigning. If you’re just now considering veneers or have been for a while, be sure to ask your dentist these four questions. 

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Before you spend your time asking your dentist other questions about veneers, it’s essential to know whether or not you’re a good candidate for them. Veneers don’t work well with people who have cavities, gum disease, fractured teeth, or insufficient tooth enamel. However, the only way to know whether or not you qualify is to ask your dentist. 

What is the procedure for attaching veneers and how long will it take?

Prior to attaching veneers to your teeth, your dentist will need to take x-rays, shave off tooth enamel, and take an impression of your teeth. Depending on the number of veneers you’re getting and the teeth they are for, the process may require multiple visits with your dentist. Asking your dentist ahead of time will help you plan your schedule accordingly. 

What do I need to do to take care of my veneers? 

Veneers can quickly become a costly investment, so it’s likely that you’ll want to get the most out of them. To prolong the lifespan of your veneers, ask your dentist how to care for them properly. Your dentist may recommend avoiding certain foods and give you specific cleaning instructions. 

How much will my veneers cost and what are my financing options?

As stated in the paragraph above, veneers are costly especially if you’re getting them for more than a few teeth. So that you know ahead of time how much your veneers will cost, ask your dentist. Specifically, ask about the price difference between resin and porcelain veneers and what your insurance coverage is for both types. 

With veneers, it’s possible to have a smile that you are proud to show. Yellowing, minor chips, and small gaps between teeth can all be made a thing of the past with veneers. To learn more about what veneers can do for you and your smile, talk to your dentist today.