The Better Hearing Institute (BHI), Washington, has debuted a seven-topic megablog that offers hearing health news and provides a forum for people to discuss hearing concerns and personal stories and challenges, says a BHI statement.

The blog will post short articles with expert views and cover topics including: hearing loss, technology for hearing loss, hearing care journey, pediatrics, hearing loss prevention, family relationships, and tinnitus.

Postings range from the toll of tinnitus on military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to questions about a study claiming that the ping from a titanium golf club may harm people’s hearing, says the statement.

Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI executive director, will be among the contributors, along with nearly 40 other hearing health experts whose perspectives are diverse, says the statement.

Kochkin encourages members of the public to contribute to the blog and to actively monitor it for the latest news about hearing health. He says in the statement that the blog will provide information, insights, and inspiration to help people explore their hearing challenges.

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, social rejection and loneliness, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power, and diminished psychological and overall health, says the statement.

Hearing loss affects more than 31.5 million Americans—most of whom are below retirement age, says the statement. Kochkin notes that 90 to 95% of people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids, it says.

[Source: BHI]