Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss: A Guide to Prevention and Care

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Rutgers University Press, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 171 pages
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In Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss, audiologist John Burkey shows readers how they can continue to enjoy youthful living, regardless of whether their hearing abilities are undiminished or severely compromised. In a reassuring and straightforward style, Burkey explains the typical causes of hearing loss, from genetic factors to years of exposure to loud noises, and demystifies the sometimes confusing results of a hearing test. Fortunately, new technologies and advances in medicine have made it easier to detect signs of initial hearing loss and to prevent it from becoming a serious problem.

For those who have already sustained some damage, the author suggests ways to manage daily activities by using a range of techniques, equipment, and medical procedures. His suggestions include minor changes, such as using a vibrating alarm clock rather than one that is sound-based. More dramatic but often highly effective options, including reconstructive surgery, cochlear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids, are also described.

In his previous award-winning book, Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing, Burkey addressed common fears, concerns, and misconceptions that people have about choosing and using hearing aids. In this second indispensable volume, he offers a comprehensive guide on how to cope with and prevent hearing impairment. For a generation that refuses to slow down or quietly accept limitations, this book is essential reading.

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Burkey (director of audiology, Lippy Group for Ear, Nose & Throat; Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing) here focuses on the fact that "approximately one in three baby boomers is ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John M. Burkey is the director of audiology at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose & Throat in Warren, Ohio. He is author of Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing (Rutgers University Press), which was recognized by Library Journal as a Best Consumer Health Book.

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