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Hidden Hearing Loss- what is it and how does it impact your life?  More and more people are discovering that although they hear well in quiet or one-on-one situations, they have increased trouble hearing conversation in background noise.  Routine hearing testing may show normal sensitivity to the different test frequencies!  Hidden hearing loss is the term used to describe this

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If you are a  hearing aid user who depends on your hearing aids, a non-working hearing aid can spell trouble.  This is especially true if your hearing aid stops working or does not sound right just before an important family gathering, business meeting, or important doctor appointment where it is critical for you to hear!  Following are some easy, at-home

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One of the first cultural shifts I experienced when I moved to Houston 18 years ago from NYC was the ubiquitous smile and nod when passing strangers in the street, often followed by a cheerful greeting, and sometimes even by an entire conversation. What a refreshing positive social connection the smile and nod can engender! However, when the smile and

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February is American Heart Awareness Month, and The Center for Audiology staff is committing to taking steps to lower our collective risk of heart disease.  This is also a good time to highlight the ongoing research linking hearing and heart health.   The American Journal of Audiology reported that impaired cardiovascular health has a negative effect on both the peripheral

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Even a mild hearing loss can make it difficult to enjoy everyday listening activities, including watching your favorite shows on tv.  Fortunately, many options exist to improve the listening experience of watching tv even if you have hearing loss.  Here are our favorites:  1. Direct TV Audio Streaming to Hearing Aids   Many new hearing aid models offer direct Bluetooth connectivity.

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We have known for years about auditory deprivation due to significant hearing loss. Auditory deprivation refers to changes in the brain that occur due to lack of stimulation secondary to hearing loss.  As auditory input is attenuated, other parts of the brain become more active to compensate. Studies performed on individuals with hearing loss show increased activity in the pre-frontal

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You’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and do something about your hearing loss. Perhaps you are tired of constantly straining during conversation or guessing at the punch line that you missed. Perhaps your family members or friends are frustrated at having to constantly repeat themselves for you. Perhaps you responded incorrectly (and embarrassingly) during an important business meeting. Whatever

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For many people with hearing loss, the holidays can be especially challenging. While large family gatherings offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family, holiday parties can be challenging for people with hearing loss. Here are some tips for to better enjoy holiday gatherings: 1.   Find a quiet corner  Stand away from loudspeakers and noisy kitchens

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Anyone who does not wear hearing protection while shooting a firearm can suffer hearing loss and/or tinnitus with as little as one shot.  Many firearms create noise that is higher than 140 dB, with some pistols and big-bore rifles capable of noise as high as 175 dB.    Shooting typically results in a high-frequency hearing loss.  Because many speech sounds

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According to the American Journal of Kidney Disease, older Americans with chronic kidney disease are more likely to suffer from hearing loss compared to healthy individuals of the same age.   Approximately 26 million Americans are currently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.  Not only is the incidence of hearing loss about 50% greater in this population vs. the general population,

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