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Difficulties with Communication Could Signal Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic medical conditions that people navigate today. Nearly 48 million people experience impaired hearing which has multifaceted effects if left untreated. Though hearing loss is a pervasive health issue, it tends to be underdiagnosed. Part of this is because hearing loss typically happens gradually, so it can remain unnoticed for quite some …

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Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood 

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

We are constantly absorbing and processing different sounds throughout the day. From waking up with the help of an alarm, commuting to work, listening to music, and using household appliances; noise is part of daily life. While most noise that we experience is normal, it is important to be mindful of noise that can be hazardous to hearing health. Exposure …

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How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

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

Wearing hearing aids can transform your daily life and health. Communication is part of the foundation that shapes our lives. It is critical for developing and sustaining relationships, engaging in social activities, work, and navigating life independently and comfortably. Hearing loss, one of the most common medical conditions that people experience today, strains communication which creates various challenges that take …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Brain

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

Did you know that healthy hearing is deeply connected to cognitive wellness? It is one of many ways that your hearing is connected to your overall health. The connection between hearing health and cognitive health is also an important consideration when considering when to treat hearing loss. Early treatment is key to minimizing the overall health impact hearing loss has …

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Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids

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

When you are considering the best treatment options for your hearing loss, it is important to understand how your hearing works and to best support its natural functioning. One question we often hear is whether using one hearing aid would offer similar benefits to a pair of hearing aids. While a single hearing aid can offer some sound enhancement, unfortunately, …

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Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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

May is here, and after a year unlike any other, Better Hearing and Speech Month has also arrived. This year, we’re excited to talk about the awareness theme from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): “Building Connections”.  After all, our ability to feel connected to others is intimately connected to our hearing. When hearing becomes difficult, it can contribute to other …

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Monitoring Your Daily Exposure to Noise

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

By far the most common cause of permanent hearing loss is based on our exposure to dangerously loud noise. Noise-related hearing loss can occur at any time in our life and its effects compound as we age. When we protect our hearing from very loud noises, we are also preventing hearing loss.  How Does Loud Noise Damage Hearing? Your hearing …

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A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

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

Nobody goes to the gym to tone their ears, but new research is showing that regular exercise can, in fact, strengthen our defenses against hearing loss! Physical exercise has numerous, well-documented benefits for overall health including reducing cardiovascular disease risk and better balance and coordination, as well as better endurance, and improving sleep and mood. Your ears may seem distant …

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Myths about Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is incredibly common, and yet, misinformation about the condition abounds. From recognizing when hearing loss is occurring to understanding how hearing aids work, it pays to know the facts about hearing loss. Myth #1: Hearing loss is silent Truth: Many people are startled to learn that significant hearing loss isn’t silent. Instead, most people with hearing loss can …

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New Study Shows that 1 in 10 Adults in the US Suffer from Tinnitus

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

If you have tinnitus, you are well aware of how painful it can be. The annoying ringing, humming, or whistling sound won’t go away, and it’s challenging to deal with these noises. You’re not alone in your search for silence. According to a new survey, tinnitus is becoming more popular, with one in ten Americans suffering from it. What is …