AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” it displays letters of progressively smaller size. Normal vision is 20/20. This means someone sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that a normal person sees at 20 feet. If you have 20/100 vision, it means you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.


A comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye specialist can diagnose issues affecting someone’s ability to see well. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that specializes in the eye. While the training of ophthalmologists and optometrists is now very similar, especially with ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, there are some marked differences between the two. Ophthalmologists are trained to perform surgery. This includes LASIK vision correction as well as cataract removal and surgery related to eye trauma, burns or detachment of the retina. Ophthalmologists have additional specialized training in diagnosing and treating more complex medical eye

DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

conditions. It is not unusual for optometrists and ophthalmologists to work closely together on hard-to-diagnose conditions or ongoing disease treatment and management.


Opticians have a different role and responsibility. They specialize in filling the lens prescriptions optometrists and ophthalmologists prescribe. Opticians will usually receive a one- or two-year degree or certification. In a typical optometry practice, the optician will evaluate the prescriptions written by the eye doctor and dispense, repair, adjust and replace eyeglass frames, lenses and contacts.


Children, adolescents and adults all need an annual eye exam. An eye care specialist is prepared to diagnose, treat and assist you. If you are dealing with aging eyes, it is critical to have regular eye exams to diagnose and treat serious eye conditions and assess overall health. The eyes can play a critical role in early diagnosis of other conditions and diseases.


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DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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