Archive for July, 2013

Hearing Loss Connected to Hospitalizations

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

According to a study done by Johns Hopkins, individual who have significant hearing loss were more likely to be in a bad mood, suffer from depression, be hospitalized frequently, and suffer from injuries and illness.

The study looked at a sampling of individuals over the age of 70. The group consisted of 1,140 people with hearing problems and over 500 with good hearing.

The concern is that hearing loss can lead to difficulties with other cognitive abilities, especially in the elderly. It impacts their ability to live independently. Previous to this, no one had done a study to determine the impact hearing loss had on the overall use of the healthcare system.

In terms of the study itself, patients sat in a soundproof room. They had to listen to sounds ranging from 0 to 100 decibels. Those who have hearing problems can generally only hear sounds higher than 25 decibels.

The study found that those with hearing loss were more likely to have hear problems. They were also more likely to have longer illnesses and hospital stays.

What does this mean to you? We’re not 100% sure yet, but you should be conscious of the noises you’re exposing yourself to. Preserve your hearing for your future health!

Soft Hospital Rooms Introduced in Ontario

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

At the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital in Ontario, a new type of room has been developed. The “soft” room was designed with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and other types of abuse in mind.

The theory behind the soft room is that victims have to deal with quite a bit in the hospital in terms of the initial trauma, examination, and follow-up treatments. The last thing a victim needs is to follow the event and ER trip up with a trip to the local police precinct.

These special “soft” rooms are designed to be comfortable places for victims, many still in shock from the events they’ve experienced. The rooms are nicely furnished, warm, and soundproof, ensuring safety. While one investigator conducts an interview, another can record it in an adjoining room, reducing some of the stress of seeing recording equipment.

Having these rooms in the hospital does a couple of things. It ensures victims and witnesses are interviewed faster. They’re also not exposed to each other, which means they’re not contaminated. These room are also increasing the likelihood that the interviews will take place at all, as many victims change their minds about going to the precinct after leaving the hospital.

These rooms are part of an overall program, too. They are accompanied by nurses who are specially trained to deal with trauma and assault. They not only help with injuries, but can make sure victims have safety plans before they leave.