TOPICS Approximately 14 million Americans aged 12 years and older have self-reported visual impairment.
The deaf world has a tireless and talented advocate in the young actor, model, producer and activist, who leads by example in encouraging everyone to be themselves.
Recent advances in hearing aid technology are making life simpler for those with hearing loss.
The National Eye Institute within the National Institutes of Health celebrates 50 years as the nation’s leader in vision research.
As the leading cause of adult blindness in the United States, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is three times more common than glaucoma and affects more than 11 million Americans.
Age-related macular degeneration is affecting millions of Americans, but you don’t have to wait for symptoms to appear to take action.
When it comes to the overall health of children, one thing that is often overlooked is having an annual eye exam. However, proper eye health impacts so much of life during childhood and beyond.
Haiti, with its incredibly high levels of blindness, has a great need for optometrists and vision care professionals.
Most people are very surprised to learn that untreated hearing loss is a major risk factor for developing cognitive decline and dementia.
Approximately 15 percent of the general public, over 50 million Americans, experience some form of tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears.”
Hearing loss in adults rises to the forefront for advocacy groups as personal electronics become more affordable and customizable.
He may be best known as one-fourth of the Grammy winning, internationally best-selling hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas, but today Apl.de.ap is using his influence to ensure younger generations keep their vision health in focus.
With Americans living longer and digital device usage increasing exponentially, it’s time to face the everyday reality of eye care.
The eyes are the windows to your overall health. How can you better care for yours? A doctor of optometry addresses four major concerns.
Lack of access to vision care and glasses is a global health issue impacting 1.1 billion people.
While you might know that physician and dentist check-ups are a must, regular optometrist visits may also go a long way in protecting your health.
Losing your hearing might seem like the end of your career if you’re a musician, but technology reunited one man with his passion.
Hearing problems are a big threat to health and quality of life, but are often ignored. Here’s why it’s time to start listening.
New advances in genetic testing mean that children and adults with Usher syndrome are being diagnosed at an earlier age than ever before.
The award-winning journalist and mother of four partnered up with the Hearing Health Foundation to share the surprising origin of her son’s mysterious behavioral problems.
Between our improved means of detecting vision loss and the omnipresent glow of computers and phones, the fact remains: vision problems are on the rise.
Your eyes could be the windows to your overall health and well-being. Here’s why.
Most people expect their vision to diminish as they age. But for some, vision loss goes beyond simply a need for reading glasses.
Innovative solutions for age-related eye conditions like presbyopia, cataracts and glaucoma are helping people see better and continue to do the things they love throughout their lives.
With the help of skilled acousticians, smart hearing technology is paving the way for a sonically interconnected future.
If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss, don’t put off seeking treatment. The president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has a step-by-step action plan that could improve your quality of life.
Each year, more than 5,000 low-income first-grade students enter the Denver Public School System without having seen an eye doctor. Von Miller is looking to change that.
Read the touching tale of Dominic and Plato, a dynamic team that shows us a novel — and adorable — solution to overcoming the challenges of deafness in a noisy world.
Millions of Americans suffer from undetected and untreated hearing loss, and the causes might surprise you. Read on to find out what everyday activities might be putting you at risk.
Hearing loss affects people of all ages. Three heroes share their stories of how smart hearing aids help them perform their high stakes duties better than ever — and why you shouldn’t put off hearing health care.
There are many assistive devices that use the power of technology to enrich the lives of people with vision loss. Here’s an overview, from the lightweight to the heavy-duty.
Macular degeneration is a commonly occurring form of age-related vision loss. But a diagnosis does not mean an end to quality of life.
When was the last time you gave your eyes a break? From morning to night, vision plays an important role in daily life, regardless of age.
Usher syndrome may not be a parent's first thought when a child faces developmental issues, but there are signs to watch for.
While noise-induced hearing loss is entirely preventable, the bad news is that it's also permanent.
Early identification and intervention can make a substantial difference in the development of a child with hearing loss or deafness.
Hearing loss or deafness can be devastating for a child, but in Haiti, they can be far more limiting than in the United States.
Each day, in the United States, 33 babies are born with hearing loss, making it the leading sensory disorder.
The USC Eye Institute’s Dr. Rohit Varma gives us the low-down on vision; an important, yet often overlooked part of overall health.
Employers can improve and safeguard employee health and productivity by encouraging hearing loss prevention and treatment.
Smartphone in hand, you turn the music blaring from your headphones down to half volume. Through this simple action, you have taken an important step to preventing noise-induced hearing loss.
Mani G. Iyer was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He acquired his first hearing aid at the age of 24 and lip read all the way to graduate school. He was diagnosed with Usher syndrome type II at the age of 28.
The award-winning tenor shares his inspiring outlook on life.
Lance Allred overcame the odds when he was the first legally deaf player to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today he continues to overcome language barriers, traveling around the world and playing the game he loves.
Although this inherited genetic disorder affects nearly 50,000 Americans, it remains largely unknown to the general public.
From bionic retinas to gene therapy, the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Ben Shaberman shares the latest innovations in eye health.
ABC Family’s ”Switched at Birth” stars explain the impact their characters have had on the deaf and hard of hearing community.
After an Usher syndrome diagnosis, families tend to isolate themselves—but networking with others may hold the key to a cure.
Philanthropist and founder of TOMS Blake Mycoskie inspires millions to take action to help the blind and vision-impaired community.
Millions of people worldwide may be blind, but one group is realizing a vision of hope and restoring sight with one surgery, one patient at a time.
The actor has never taken good vision for granted. That’s why he’s involved with the nonprofit New Eyes for the Needy—and why you should help too.
A deaf girls’ cochlear implant restored her hearing, but that was only the beginning of the movement it launched to help others.
One of the challenges researchers face is finding people to participate in clinical trials. Researchers of Usher syndrome face these same challenges, plus a few more.
After years of deliberation, a renewed effort to prove the safety and scalability of Engineered Skin Substitute could allow surgeons to save countless lives.
If he were practicing today, Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, might prescribe nutrient supplements for staving off eye disease.
Hearing loss occurs for many reasons, but the most preventable cause is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
While Americans value their vision, they don't do enough to protect it. Follow these easy steps to preserve your sight this summer and beyond.
Here are tips that you and your family can follow to enjoy a lifetime of healthy eyes and clear vision.
A pair of eyeglasses can change someone's life for the better—just read these true stories of excitement and gratitude.
Restoring vision to those with corneal blindness through surgery has been around for over 100 years. Over time, our understanding has expanded by leaps and bounds.
Von Miller is helping underprivileged children in Denver tackle more with his charity, Von's Vision.
Adam Clarin, O.D., VSP Vision Care Network Optometrist, has worked in a glaucoma specialty care clinic and an advanced contact lens clinic, the international optometric honor society.
Hearing can be a crucial part of living. Not only does it raise your awareness about the world, but it’s also important for safety, enjoyment of music and communication.
Hearing loss affects more people than you realize. The Hearing Health Foundation wants to change that with their “Faces of Hearing Loss” campaign.
Traditional medical practice tends to favor auditory over visual communication, like PA systems. But not everyone communicates through speaking and hearing.
At age 82, Bruce Sloane decided to do something proactive about his hearing loss. His cochlear implant has made his quality of life since then skyrocket.
A combination of modern hearing technology and continued reinforcement can allow children born deaf or hard of hearing to master listening and spoken language.
Glaucoma is a worldwide problem that can lead to blindness. However, it is especially dangerous because there are often no symptoms in its early stages.
Glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness, is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive vision loss.
You eat right and stay active, but are you focusing on eye health? The president of the American Optometric Association has some simple steps to help.
Don’t take your vision for granted. Focusing on eye health now can prevent serious damage to your quality of life in the future.
Seeing double? Are things a little hazy? Nearly half of Americans worry about losing their eyesight over their ability to walk or hear. Fortunately, it’s easy to incorporate steps into your daily routine to ensure healthy eyes and good vision.
With the emergence of microinvasive glaucoma surgery, the condition may be manageable without daily eye drops.