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Getting to Know Your Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

If you are the proud owner of a new pair of hearing aids, congratulations! Your future self will thank you for making this investment in your wellbeing. Hearing aids help millions of Americans communicate better and improve their quality of life, so you are making a healthy step toward betterment, indeed. Although our hearing health professionals are here to guide …

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Why Bilateral Hearing Loss Should be Treated with Two Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Many aspects of the body rely on symmetrical functioning. Take the legs, for example. Walking becomes difficult when one leg has less ability than the other, any many people require assistive devices such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair when a knee or hip problem comes up. Other parts of the body work similarly. Your hearing uses the symmetry between …

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The Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Physical activity is linked to a wide range of positive health outcomes. Not only can you strengthen your heart and other muscles, but you can even improve brain functioning through moderate physical activity. When you hear “exercise,” your mind might gravitate to a lengthy and painful session at the gym. Quite the contrary, physical activity can be integrated into your …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Communication, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

The adage “April showers bring May flowers” is a nice reminder that enduring the difficult times can be necessary to truly experience the pleasure of the good times. Without the rain and gloom, the flowers wouldn’t be able to show us their vivid display of sensory delights. This principle applies to so much in life, and the annual cycle of …

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Keeping Track of Your Daily Exposure to Noise

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Two causes are responsible for the vast majority of cases of hearing loss. The first is the natural process of aging. The condition of age-related hearing loss, otherwise known as presbycusis, is an inevitable result of growing older. Until we find an elixir of life, there is nothing to be done about this cause of hearing loss, other than getting …

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Misconceptions about Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss affects roughly 20 percent of the global population, amounting to somewhere around 1.5 billion people. With so many affected by this condition, you might be surprised to learn that there is a vast mythology that has arisen about it. It would seem that if so many people have hearing loss, then we would have a pretty good sense …

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Recent Research Shows that 1 in 10 Adults in the US Suffer from Tinnitus

In Tinnitus by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Tinnitus is the condition of sustained sound coming from within the body. Many people use the general phrase “ringing in the ears” to describe those sounds, but in fact, they take many forms. Some people hear ringing, but others describe it as whooshing, humming, buzzing, roaring, or even clicking. There are two main types of tinnitus. The first type—objective tinnitus—is …

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Prevent Falls by Treating Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

become serious health concerns. Every 11 seconds, a senior will visit an emergency room seeking treatment for a fall in the US. Many of these people receive the treatment they need and can be fully mobile going forward, but others find that the fall leads to ongoing health concerns. In light of the seriousness of these incidents, it is important …

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Frequent Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Noise by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

When we think about noise-induced hearing loss, many of us imagine an explosion or a very loud factory. Indeed, these situations can produce sound so loud that hearing loss occurs in an instant. If the decibel level of sound reaches these heights, then it can be sufficient to damage hearing without much time going by, but relatively quieter sounds also …

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Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

When an emergency hits, you need to have all the best resources available. A little preparedness goes a long way toward making you ready to face whatever dangers might arise. Some people take emergency preparedness very seriously, stockpiling resources and developing detailed plans for every possibility. Even if you aren’t so well-prepared, you can take some simple steps to set …