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Communicating with People who Have Hearing Loss

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

Listening to loss is an unseen problem. It is something that few people ever think about unless it directly affects them. As such, people can fail to do or say things that usually help the person with hearing loss understand better. Another issue is that most people take shortcuts when communicating. People shorten sentences, use slang terms, mumble, or look …

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Working with Hearing Loss

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

For most people, hearing loss starts in the years when they are still working. Eleven per cent of people between the ages of 50 and 59 have hearing loss. The figure more than doubles between the ages of 60 and 69 (to approximately 25 per cent). Impaired hearing undoubtedly affects productivity and performance. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, Untreated …

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COVID-19 Whisper Hearing Centers Update

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

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has generated understandable concerns in our community. During these difficult and unprecedented times, Whisper Hearing Centers is committed to keeping our patients, staff and our communities health and well-being of utmost importance. To that end, we have closed our offices temporarily. Please know, though, that we may be available to assist you via phone …

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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

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

There are many misunderstandings about hearing loss and hearing aids out there. Have you heard about these common hearing loss misconceptions? We help you dispel some of these myths here, to help to come to a better understanding of the nature of hearing loss. Myth #1: Hearing loss isn’t all that common The reality is that, as a natural part …

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Do’s & Don’ts for Accommodating People with Hearing Loss

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

You want what’s best for your loved one with hearing loss, and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to help them hear. However, accommodating people with hearing loss isn’t that easy, and while you want to help them hear, it’s important that you don’t become their crutch. Resentment can creep into the relationship, and your accommodations may even dissuade …

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Professional Musicians are at Higher Risk for Developing Hearing Loss

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

When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably picture firefighters running into a burning building, or construction workers perched high up on a rooftop. Musicians also have dangerous jobs, and what’s at risk is their hearing. Professional musicians, including singer songwriters, classical musicians in a symphony, or rock band members, are at a high risk for developing hearing loss. What …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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

Do you have a hearing loss? Not only does hearing loss reduce your quality of life and make it difficult to hear all the sounds around you, your hearing loss also affects your family and friends. Communication is key when it comes to building strong relationships with your friends and loved ones, but your hearing loss makes it increasingly difficult …

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I Can Hear, but I Can’t Understand. Do I Have Hearing Loss?

In Blog, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Signs & Symptoms by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Do any of these sound familiar to you? “The TV must be broken. The volume is up high, but I still can’t understand what they’re saying.” “I can hear just fine; I just can’t always understand what is being said.” “It is easy to hear my husband speaking, but I can’t understand when my daughter or grandchildren are talking to …

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Ringing in Ears? Tinnitus Causes and Symptoms

In Blog, Expert Information by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Do you experience ringing in your ears that won’t go away? You’re not alone. The American Tinnitus Association states that 15 percent of Americans experience tinnitus. That means more than 45 million Americans hear an annoying, high-pitch tone like you do. The causes of tinnitus vary, and while there is no cure for the condition, tinnitus treatment and therapies are available to …

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Spring 2017 Newsletter

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

Hear from the experts! One of Whisper Hearing Centers main goals is to raise awareness about hearing issues within the local community. As part of this, WHC is excited to share some news about the Hear the World Foundation, which raises international public awareness about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss, as well as providing support …