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March 3 is World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All

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

Each year, the World Health Organization puts together a worldwide campaign for hearing health to celebrate World Hearing Day. 2021 is no exception, and the annual theme for this year will be “Hearing Care for ALL!” With this emphatic call to action, the World Health Organization is rallying policymakers and the general public to advocate for widespread adoption of hearing …

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Everyday Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

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

Emergency sirens and loud fireworks aren’t the only sounds that can harm your hearing. There are a number of everyday noises that could cause hearing loss! Here are some of the everyday noises that are dangerously loud. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss  Ordinary sounds do a lot more damage than you might think. You’re used to your noisy lawnmower or leaf blower, …

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Preparing for Emergencies with Hearing Aids

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

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. Emergencies can happen when we least expect them, so we recommend planning ahead. Whether there’s a state-wide emergency like a blizzard, a tornado, a flood or a fire, or a local emergency in your neighborhood, here’s everything you need to know about preparing for emergencies with hearing aids. Why …

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss

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

Have you ever felt like your hearing loss is affecting your mood? You’re certainly not alone. In fact, older Americans with hearing loss can often have symptoms of depression. Do you spend your whole day struggling to hear, and notice that you’re having a harder time connecting with loved ones? These communication challenges can easily lead to feelings of isolation, …

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All About Earwax

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

When you think of the word “earwax,” what words come to mind? For many of us, the immediate associations include the words “gross” and “Q-tip,” but these are quite the opposite of a healthy approach to this essential substance! In the first place, we might find earwax disgusting when it comes out of the ear canal, but its presence in …

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Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

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

If you have hearing aids, you know how helpful they can be and what a brilliant world of sound they can deliver to your ears. That value they bring to your life means that you might feel like you’ve been left stranded when something goes wrong. In most cases, hearing aids do their job effectively day in and day out, …

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Why People Avoid Treating Hearing Loss — and Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test!

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

Hearing loss is quite common, and the likelihood only increases as we age. In fact, hearing loss affects one in three people ages 65 or older, and a full two out of three people aged 75 or older. With such high rates, why do so many people avoid getting treatment? Perhaps a piece of the puzzle lies in the correlation …

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Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

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

A recent study out of Finland has demonstrated that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to have limited mobility than their counterparts who do not have hearing loss. How did the researchers come up with this finding, and what are the implications for everyday life? Let’s take a moment to get inside the study in order to understand …

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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 …