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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! 

Hearing loss is often underestimated in its severe effect on life. It’s more than just simple misunderstandings. It can quickly affect the relationships in our lives from family and friends that seemed they would never go anywhere to even romantic partnerships.   Hearing loss does not occur in a vacuum. If your hearing is affecting you, there is a good chance …

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Headaches, Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

A migraine is a severe headache condition affecting millions of individuals worldwide. It triggers neurological symptoms which become increasingly debilitating. Some people experience other associated symptoms like light and noise sensitivity, vision disturbances, or even cognitive troubles.  Migraines may seem harmless at first, but they can seriously affect your quality of life, and research finds they may even lead to …

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The Global Cost of Hearing is a Surprising Number

Hearing is a practical sense, and damaging it can lead to a lack of comprehension, difficulty understanding speech, or difficulties communicating in person.  The cost of hearing loss has been seen in public data, and it’s staggering. The CDC estimated that 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. That means approximately 15% of the American population is either …

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How Does Active Noise Canceling Work?

Do you love your headphones? They help you listen to music, make phone calls, and enjoy movies without bothering other people around you. But how safe are they?  Many experts believe that the use of headphones since their popularity at the beginning of the 80s is the single reason why so many younger generations have hearing loss today. Earbuds can …

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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

A lot of people are disturbed by ear wax, but it actually plays an important role in the health of your ears. For one thing, it’s not actually wax but technically called cerumen. Cerumen is a substance composed of dead skin cells mixed with gland secretions within the ear canal to create the sticky substance. Earwax plays an essential role …

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Seeking Hearing Loss Treatment Could Help Prevent or Delay Dementia

By midlife, cognitive decline is common and progressive, however, when you begin to forget long-term memories and everyday processes, it can signal more serious cognitive issues. Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease, classified by the loss of two or more cognitive functions and ultimately progresses to the loss of the ability to navigate life independently. While there is no known cure …

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Tips for Virtual Communication from People with Hearing Loss

We are entering our third year living amongst a global pandemic that inhibits our ability to connect with people in person. Between surges of new strains of COVID-19, we can spend time close to people out of our quarantine bubble but because of the fluctuations in restrictions, many people have normalized working, attending doctors’ appointments, school, and social events from …

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

What is your favorite TV show right now? These days it seems there are so many options for quality programming, there is something for everyone. When you finally settle down to watch your favorite television program of choice with friends or family, do you ever find that they complain you turn the volume up too loud? While the volume might …

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A Link between Tinnitus, Anxiety, and Sleep Issues

Hearing affects more than just our ears. What starts out as a hearing issue often escalates into misunderstandings, chronic anxiety, isolation, loneliness, depression, and even cognitive decline. Often hearing issues go hand in hand with tinnitus, which in turn can amplify stress, interrupting sleep and making it hard to focus during the day. What is Tinnitus? So, what exactly is …

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Adults with Hearing Loss at Higher Risk for Unemployment

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the US. While prevalent, it is often underestimated as less serious than it is. While hearing loss is an issue that begins in the ears it quickly affects how you communicate and relate to the world. It’s a sensory deprivation that starts slowly and can subtly establish itself as …