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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Every year, the month of May is used to bring awareness to a communications issue that 10% of the world's population is affected by Hearing Loss and Speech Problems. With 5% of the population experiencing some form of hearing loss and another 5% experiencing some form of a speech problem, that...

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About That Ear Wax

About That Ear Wax

The body has many unique ways of defending itself from countless foreign bodies such as dust, pollen, bacteria, bugs and many, many other potential invaders. One such way the body does this is by producing things like mucus and earwax. Both of these icky, sticky substances, amazingly, are the...

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Traveling With Hearing Aids

Traveling With Hearing Aids

Preparing for a vacation can be exciting and exhausting.  Vacations are fun, they take people to new places with new experiences, people, food and for some, a renewed mind.  Over 60% of brave vacationers say they feel more relaxed after a vacation which means they are more than likely to do it...

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Hearing Loss & Relationships

Hearing Loss & Relationships

Many nations around the world have a day where love is celebrated with candy, dates or flowers.  Relationships, especially long lasting ones, usually start from the same place: communication. Talking to someone is the first step to getting to know them: what do they like, what do they fear, what...

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Keep Hearing Health Golden

Keep Hearing Health Golden

The new year is filled with all sorts of lovely sights and sounds. Fireworks lighting up the sky, the pop - fizz of champagne bottles and the joyous cries of "Happy New Year!" filling the air. The sense that reigns over this moment is hearing.  Most probably do not think about it but should the...

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Cleaning Hearing Aids

Cleaning Hearing Aids

Many holidays take place during colder months with a focus on gathering with family and friends. With about 50% of families in America having at least one person experiencing hearing loss or being hard of hearing, it is important to know how to properly communicate and include any loved ones who...

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Special Accommodations For Family Gatherings

Special Accommodations For Family Gatherings

Holidays are a great time for families to come together to relax, reconnect and feast. Families can differ in ages, interests, backgrounds and needs. When a family comes together, it is a joyous and wondrous occasion, but it also means that some special accommodations should be taken care of for...

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Annual Hearing Test

Annual Hearing Test

The ear is an organ we use every single day.  First thing in the morning is the alarm clock or the sizzle of breakfast. It is nearly impossible to escape the sensation of sound. This is why it is so hard to tell when hearing loss is becoming an issue as the lesser sound of yesterday seamlessly...

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Signs of Hearing Loss in a Loved One

Signs of Hearing Loss in a Loved One

When it comes to hearing loss, the news is most impactful especially delivered from a loved one. The ones closest to those experiencing hearing loss are most likely to notice it and also be in a position to prompt them to make a hearing health appointment.  For friends and family of those who may...

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The Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss

The Dangers of Untreated Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss can be a critical factor that affects a person’s social life, mental health and physical health. Despite that, hearing loss is not often discussed in detail and is often left untreated.  The idea of not being able to hear well might seem like "not such a big deal" but to the...

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Getting Water Out Of Ears

Getting Water Out Of Ears

Summer is upon us once again! Time for vacations which means relaxing, bonding and water activities like swimming. However, there are hidden concerns in getting those ears wet. Ears are both resilient and sensitive. The ear can manage itself well enough to make loud noises bearable but something...

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Gardening & Hearing Health

Gardening & Hearing Health

Gardening is a hobby that can be done indoor or outdoor and worked on year round.  This hobby also has many benefits and if the garden just so happens to hold vegetables then the benefits are felt a little closer to the heart. Literally!  Healthy meals can help lower blood pressure which can put...

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is the month dedicated to celebrating better hearing and speech.  This month is all about raising awareness for speech and hearing issues in hopes to make people’s lives more productive, increasingly safer, and more enjoyable by promoting hearing loss screenings and prevention. When it...

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Video Conferencing while Hearing Impaired

Video Conferencing while Hearing Impaired

Change in social climate has also caused noticeable change in the workplace. For those who work with groups of people, like educators, the change is drastic. From standing before a group to talking into a camera, it is very different from the norm. This new normal of video calls and video...

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Employment & Hearing Health

Employment & Hearing Health

Ears, both the inner ear and outer ear, are affected by the environment around them. The most common hazards are temperature, noise and particles in the air or water. Extreme temperatures both hot and cold have been known to affect the inner ear by causing conditions like ‘Swimmer’s Ear’....

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Loneliness and Hearing Loss

Loneliness and Hearing Loss

Loneliness and hearing loss, is there a connection? Yes. Before birth, humans connect to the world around them through their five senses and hearing is the most influential at that time of life. Hearing connects us to the world in many ways but the most valuable influences are the ones we share...

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Hearing Aid Maintenance

Hearing Aid Maintenance

Hearing aids are a significant hearing health investment.  If maintained and cared for properly they can last for many years.  SNA recommends for hearing aids to be checked at least twice a year.  However, in between checkups, it is imperative to keep the outer and inner workings of hearing...

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Phones for Hearing Impaired

Phones for Hearing Impaired

Hearing loss can make conversations over the phone nearly impossible without a specialty phone. Home phones with enlarged buttons and special speakers that are louder than the average home phone are an invaluable tool to those with hearing loss. These specialty phones help keep users in touch with...

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Ears Are AMAZING

Ears Are AMAZING

Ears are amazing at adapting to the environment around them. In loud environments, the first reaction most people have is to cover their ears in an attempt to block the sound. Overwhelming volumes can initially cause a ringing sound or painful sensation but the ear will adapt until the sounds...

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Listening Environments

Listening Environments

Days can begin quiet and quickly change as they progress.  A combination of usual background noises, conversations, outside noises, television and music can offer challenges for those with hearing loss.  Listening environments vary from person to person.  Some people have very high...

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Ear Health

Ear Health

A healthy ear is a clean ear.  Properly caring for them can help prevent hearing loss and ear infections. Ears are meant to have some wax within them. Earwax is like a trap that helps prevent harmful things that could get into the body such as foreign objects and bacteria.  Usually, earwax or...

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Lip Readers, Hearing Impaired & Masks

Lip Readers, Hearing Impaired & Masks

Masks, while integral to the protection of the user and the slowing of the spread of viruses, can make it challenging to hear people. It muffles the speaker’s voice, covers their mouth and makes it impossible to lip read. For people who rely on lip reading to communicate, this usually spells the...

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Face Masks & Hearing Aids

Face Masks & Hearing Aids

Care for our own safety and the safety of our community and loved ones encourages us to wear masks whenever we step out of our homes. It has been scientifically proven that masks greatly help control the spread of the Covid-19 virus, keeping it contained while also halting its advance. The...

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Listen Up - Hearing Health

Listen Up - Hearing Health

Ears are resilient yet delicate organs that can recover from common problems like tenderness or ‘ringing’ in the ears on their own. Some common problems surprisingly have easy solutions. The ‘popping’ in ears when driving around mountains or scuba diving can be combated by slowing your...

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TV Volume & Hearing Aids

TV Volume & Hearing Aids

Stay at home order has families spending extra time together.  While great memories are being created those with hearing aid issues can have a different experience.  The volume on the TV or a mobile device might be an indication of a hearing issue or a hearing aid on the fritz.  If you find a...

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Hearing Loss During Stay At Home Order

Hearing Loss During Stay At Home Order

Staying physically active and socially engaged may be more challenging at this time but not impossible! Here are a few tips to stay active physically, socially and mentally during the Stay at Home Order. The most fundamental tip would be to create a new routine, one that takes into...

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How Hearing Aids Can Relieve Symptoms of Tinnitus

How Hearing Aids Can Relieve Symptoms of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person perceives sound that is not actually present in the environment. It is often described as "ringing in the ears" but can include virtually any type of sound including whooshing, hissing, or whistling. Tinnitus is a common health issue that impacts...

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The Importance Of Utilizing Hearing Aids

The Importance Of Utilizing Hearing Aids

When hearing aids are medically advised to be worn, it is not just to help people hear better. It also helps maintain what hearing capacities remain. Neglecting instruction to wear aids is likely to result in further hearing loss. It is important to wear them, as it helps to maintain strong...

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Limit Exposure To Loud Noises

Limit Exposure To Loud Noises

We are born with around 16,000 hair cells in the ear.  These hair cells are what the brain uses to detect sound.  Hair cells do not regenerate, and by the time someone notices hearing loss, many hair cells have already vanished. After attending loud events, one may temporarily lose the ability...

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Traveling This Holiday Season?

Traveling This Holiday Season?

Many airports, train stations, places of worship, theaters, auditoriums and more now feature hearing aid accessibility enhancements. Known as an induction loop system, a signal emits directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Even amidst heavy background noise, you will be able to hear with...

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Tips For Enjoying The Precious Moments

Tips For Enjoying The Precious Moments

With the holidays fast approaching you may engage in more frequent social gatherings.  Whether you suffer from hearing loss or have a family member who does, here are some tips for improving your precious time together. Get their attention first Say their name or gently touch them first before...

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Hear Each Moment Fully

Hear Each Moment Fully

We tend to take for granted the ability to hear until it begins to fade away.  Our ears contribute to many of life’s precious memories.  To live fully means to hear each moment, especially with the ones we love.  Hearing difficulties can cause miscommunication, disengagement from...

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Ears Need Rest

Ears Need Rest

We are constantly surrounded by sounds and noises from electronics to traffic.  It can be easy to forget that our ears work 24 hours a day and need an occasional break.  Dedicating quiet time for 10 minutes, 3 times a day can help our ears and brain rejuvenate. A good ear rest can...

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Hearing Aid Technology To Match Your Lifestyle

Hearing Aid Technology To Match Your Lifestyle

Listening environments vary from person to person.  Some people have very high demanding environments and others have low demanding environments.Finding the right hearing aid depends on a number of factors such as a person’s unique preferences, lifestyle and the type of hearing...

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Recommended Books For Anyone Struggling With Hearing Loss

Recommended Books For Anyone Struggling With Hearing Loss

Many of your patients may have travel plans to see family and friends over the holidays. Between flights, UBER rides, and time spent waiting for both they’ll have a lot of downtime. Because of this, you have an opportunity to recommend some great books on hearing loss and how to cope with it.Such...

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Loss of hearing is just a problem for the elderly, right?

Loss of hearing is just a problem for the elderly, right?

Reconsider that thought, because exposure to noise – and not a person's age – is the main trigger of hearing loss. It's commonplace for older persons to suffer from hearing problems, but more younger people are affected by everyday noise as well. The post-war generation is going through skin...

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