Image of Granddaughter and grandmother at retirement home.Finding the right assisted living facility is a task. It can become even more complicated when you or a loved one are deaf or experience hearing loss. Here are a few things you should look for when visiting a deaf-friendly assisted living facility.

Image of man playing chessYour brain will physically and neurologically change as soon as you start losing your hearing. Our brains reshape and rewire themselves as we age. Your auditory cortex will start to repurpose itself without audio signals. Here’s how hearing loss affects your brain.

The Brain’s Shape And Wiring

Noise damage, illness, infections, ototoxic medications, head trauma. These comorbidities can damage the hearing receptors in your ears. The tissue of the auditory cortex begins to shrink with age, but the rate accelerates once your ears stop sending signals to your brain.

Image of Woman driving.There’s nothing better than cruising with your windows down during the peak of summer. Unfortunately, wind resistance, the radio, and traffic noise can cause hearing loss.

Open Windows And Hearing Loss

Exposure to sounds over 85 decibels can damage your hearing. Driving with your windows down exposes your ears 89 dB and higher.

Driving with your windows open also creates drag that cuts into your mile-per-gallon efficiency. So, while using your air conditioning uses extra fuel, it may save you some money and your ears some damage.

Image of couple eating dinner.Today’s hearing devices do much more than amplify sound. They open – or reintroduce you to – a world of sound, social engagement, and healthy living. Here are a few ways hearing aids improve your lifestyle.

Reduce Tinnitus Symptoms

The constant ringing or buzzing in your ears can affect your concentration, sleep, and emotional health. Hearing aids help treat tinnitus with masking programs that create noise to block the ringing. They also increase the volume of environmental sounds to cover tinnitus symptoms.

Image of man playing acoustic guitar.Bono has had an illustrious career as U2’s frontman and lyricist. But his years of jamming for massive audiences has left him with tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing in the ears. Ironically, he took his stage name from a hearing aid shop in Dublin.

Music is a universal language, so you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t speak it. But whether you listen to U2, rock out to Metallica, or unwind with jazz, you put your hearing at risk when you crank the volume.