In June 2014 the Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported a study which showed that adults who have hearing loss are more likely to be depressed than those with good hearing. Hearing loss can result from things as diverse as obesity, aging, listening to loud noises over a period of time, or taking pain medication.
If you suspect you have a hearing loss, the electronic reference book Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, available through the library’s website, will give you a simple, authoritative overview of hearing loss as well as in-depth articles on specific ear-related conditions and hearing aids.
Other helpful sources available from the UAPL web site [UAlibrary.org/databases] include the following databases and eReferencebooks. When searching them, use the key word phrase “hearing disorders” and be sure to have your library card number and PIN handy.
- Alt Healthwatch
- Consumer Health Complete
- EBSCOHost - Masterfile Premier
- EBSCOHost - Academic Search Premier
- Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health
- Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
And the library has several books on the topic:
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hearing Loss (2010)
- The Consumer Handbook on Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids (2014)
There are many good reasons not to ignore the signs of hearing loss, so if you find yourself saying “Huh?” a lot more than you’d like to, read up on hearing loss and schedule a hearing assessment soon.