Apple’s new iPhone 14 has added a feature that is important for people with poor hearing. People with poor hearing need to have some way of reading what has been said. Captioning has been done by humans (who have good hearing and are trained to make motions that the poor hearing can understand) or electronics that can “hear” and display them on a screen. Historically, there was some specialized software that runs on phones and (sizable) companies that sell remote captioning services. We have purchased this new iPhone and found that it is impressive.
It is bad enough for one to have compromised hearing, but often one may also have compromised balance. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of both the symptoms and the causes. Well-trained audiologists can not only treat hearing loss but also balance problems.
Would Improving Hearing Improve Your Brain?
Can avoiding hearing loss prevent dementia? Research has shown that hearing loss can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Assuming that people can afford them, having hearing aids improves their brain function. Unfortunately, only about 20% of people who need hearing aids actually wear them. And among Mexican-Americans, it is only 5%. Can avoiding hearing loss prevent dementia? Research has shown that hearing loss can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.