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"When someone in the family has hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem."  This is a quote from Mark Ross, Ph.D., a distinguished audiologist with severe hearing loss himself.  Sometimes, even with hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices, gaps in communication may exist.  Communication is a two-way street, and both the listener with the hearing loss, and his

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With a daily barrage of newspaper advertisements, direct mail, and online offers for the "best" hearing aids, where does one begin?  This guide to purchasing hearing aids is intended to simplify the process for you as you begin your journey towards better hearing.  The following steps represent the components of best practices which will translate into a more successful experience

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Are you hearing the sounds of Spring? Leaves are sprouting, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, children are playing, families are gathering for picnics and graduations and holidays.  Are you hearing all the wonderful sounds of life around you? Research shows that individuals with hearing loss who wear hearing aids are more confident, engaged and active, and less isolated and

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Americans are exposed to dangerous sound levels on a regular basis that can result in hearing loss.  Noise-induced hearing loss is a growing health issue even among teenagers and young adults.  May is Better Hearing Month, and there is no better time to recognize the dangers of unprotected exposure to loud noise, and take steps to minimize damage to our

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Hearing loss can occur at any age and may be due to many different factors.  The most common cause of hearing loss, however, is prebycusis, or hearing loss due to aging.  Typically, presbycusis affects one's ability to hear high-pitched sounds.   Because low-frequency hearing may still be intact, and also because high-frequency hearing loss due to presbycusis may creep up

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Maintaining a healthy heart lifestyle will not only add years to your lifespan, but will reduce your odds of developing hearing loss.  The reason for this surprising correlation? The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow, so obstructions in the arteries and veins – symptoms of impaired cardiovascular health – can impact the peripheral and central auditory systems, leading

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Knowing when to seek hearing help Hearing loss often creeps up on us so gradually, that we tend to start accommodating for it without realizing it.  The volume on the tv or radio starts increasing, you find yourself leaning in to hear speech-in-noise, and you may even catch yourself cupping your hand behind your ear or saying, "What?" more and

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Those who suffer from hearing loss are less likely to participate in social activities, leading to withdrawal and isolation. In turn, these changes in social activity can lead to serious negative emotional consequences, including depression and its related symptoms: anxiety, anger, frustration, paranoia and emotional instability.  Because hearing loss is an "invisible disability", personality changes may not be immediately connected

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