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Communication At Work: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

When someone struggles to hear, they also struggle to communicate. It can be extremely challenging to respond to the world around you when you cannot hear what people around you are saying. Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss and associated language issues. To highlight the importance of treating and accommodating people with hearing and language challenges the …

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The Causes of Acquired Hearing Loss

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

When you think of hearing loss, what is the first condition that comes to mind? Do you think of someone who is born with total deafness or serious hearing impairment? In a strictly technical sense, many practitioners do not think of these congenital conditions as hearing “loss” because the person began life with certain limitations on hearing ability. When many …

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Age-Related Hearing Loss is Often Untreated

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

Hearing loss comes in many shapes and sizes. Some people are born with hearing impairments or total deafness. Though these are not technically considered hearing “loss” these impairments begin at birth. Others develop hearing loss due to an accident or injury, including exposure to a loud sound or explosion. Still others can develop hearing loss due to an illness or …

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Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

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

Gaps in memory are a normal part of life. If we were able to recall every detail of life into an indefinite future, just imagine how much useless information would clog our thinking. Indeed, some cognitive scientists even believe that forgetting is an important part of brain function, and some have linked the process to sleep. However, the natural process …

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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 …