Articles on Hearing, the Ear, and Health

Remembering The Pioneering Audiologist Who Tested Hearing At Birth, Dr. Marion Downs

From NPR’s All Things Considered, a 2014 article honoring the woman who tested hearing at birth.   As language development depends highly upon hearing, identifying those who are hard of hearing at birth avoids losing critical years for hearing and language development.  For the full article, click here.

Hearing Loss Is Common in People with Diabetes

Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease.  For the full article, click here

Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

Can getting a hearing aid help prevent memory loss? For the full article, click here

Study Finds Driving Helps Older People Stay Healthy

Seniors who have stopped driving are nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression.  For the full article, click here

Quality of Life and Hearing Loss

Severity of hearing loss is associated with reduced quality of life in older adults.   For the full article, click here.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

There is more hearing impairment amongst people who are diagnosed diabetes than individuals who are not diagnosed with diabetes.   For the full article, click here.

Dementia and Hearing loss

Many studies tie together dementia and hearing loss.  For more information, click here or here.

Hearing loss and brain atrophy

Untreated hearing loss can even lead to brain atrophy.  Find out more here or here.

Ototoxic drugs

Some drugs that are prescribed can hurt your hearing!   Check out which ones you should be on the look out for here.


For pediatricians

A bit of information of middle ear infections and hearing impairment during chronic infections.  Click here.