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National Stroke Awareness Month

National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is the primary cause of long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of survivors age 65 and over. The risk of stroke increases with age. Each year, more than 795,000 in the U.S. have a stroke.

Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes. Up to 80% of strokes could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and control of these health conditions.

Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of stroke, and acting quickly if you or someone you know might be having a stroke, may significantly increase the chances of survival. Symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or seeing; difficulty walking or lack of coordination; and severe headache that often comes on quickly.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, “act F.A.S.T.” and do the following test. It’s critical that emergency treatment begins quickly.

F – Face. Ask the person to smile. Does the face droop?
A – Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward.
S – Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or
T – Time. If you see any of these signs call 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke treatments work best only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms.

Better Hearing Month

Better Hearing Month

Members of the American Academy of Audiology stress there is an vital connection between brain activity and hearing.

They cite a 2017 report by a group of scientists led by Jingkai Wei with
the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill. The scientists reviewed multiple studies which followed
a total of over 15,000 subjects.

The study showed that hearing impairment is associated with a higher risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia among older adults.

According to the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 15 percent of American adults aged 20 to 69 have some trouble with hearing. Only about 16% of those in this age group who would benefit from hearing aids has ever used them.

Furthermore, fewer than 30% of adults aged 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them.

Those experiencing signs of hearing loss such as having to turn up the volume of the TV when other family members complain it’s too loud, continually asking people to repeat themselves, or ringing in the ears, should see an audiologist who will run a series of tests to determine the problem.

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