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Unexpected Causes of Hearing Loss

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

Some noisy events are an obvious danger for hearing loss. If you work in a factory or industrial site with very loud machinery, then there is no doubt that you are encountering a hearing loss risk at work. for this reason workplaces put mandatory protection rules in place, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) monitors the enforcement of …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

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

What is your favorite part of a family holiday gathering? Some of our minds go immediately to the plentiful treats and traditional foods that only come around once a year. Others of us love the classic session of board games that tend to roll out during a holiday reunion. Perhaps you think of the conversations with family members you aren’t …

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For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

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

When it comes to hearing loss, the associated factors can often surprise us. Seemingly unlikely lifestyle habits and health conditions are associated with hearing loss at the level of statistical trends, even if we can’t determine a causal relationship. One of the factors that has shown some kind of relationship is the frequent use of painkillers.  Past studies have shown …

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Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

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

Hearing aids can be helpful in countless situations, ranging from home to errands out and about or recreational activities. But what about the transition to nursing home living?  Hearing aids remain useful devices in nursing homes, as well, but they require some concerted attention to make sure they remain useful to your loved one. In order to prevent loss, damage, …

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Fall 2020 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 …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

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

With over two thirds of people over 70 years of age experiencing some form of age-related hearing loss, it is a remarkably common condition. Yet, did you know that hearing loss is highly associated with symptoms of depression and other mental health challenges? Indeed, the rates of depression among those with hearing loss are much higher than among their counterparts …

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Head Injuries & Hearing Loss

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

When you think about hearing loss, the most common image that comes to mind is age-related hearing loss. Indeed, most people who lose their hearing are in the golden years. In combination with noise-induced hearing loss, these forms are quite common, and most people who are fortunate enough to reach an age beyond 70 years will have some form of …

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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

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

Lifestyle habits undoubtedly affect our risk of hearing loss. In the first place, the willingness to use hearing protection and to avoid noise exposure are both directly related to rates of hearing loss. However, indirect effects are evident, as well.  Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes have been correlated with hearing loss. Although it is unclear how the …

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A Link between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

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

As you may already know, hearing loss is related to many other conditions in the body. Not only are those who have untreated hearing loss more likely to experience mental and social health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and social isolation, but they are also more likely to have physical health concerns. Studies have even shown a link between untreated …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

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

Hearing aids are an important treatment for those of us who suffer from hearing loss. They keep us more active and more engaged with the world around us, and that translates to better health and better well-being over time. But how do we know when our hearing aids are no longer doing the job we need from them? Much in …