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Be Intentional to Create Healthy Hearing Habits

In Hearing Health, Noise, Tips & Tricks by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Very, very rarely hearing loss is the spontaneous outcome of a tragic accident. But the vast majority of those who live with hearing loss do so thanks to prolonged exposure to dangerously loud volumes without taking appropriate precautions.  This could happen thanks to how you make your living. Some industries like mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and nightlife are notoriously risky. Or …

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What to Expect at Your Hearing Exam

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

No one can say exactly how many people live with hearing loss. This is due to a broad range of reasons that span from the deeply subconscious to the sociological. But most informed estimates believe that almost 14% of the U.S. population aged 18 and above suffers from some detectable degree of hearing loss. That is somewhere between 35-45 million …

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Nutrients That Support Hearing Health

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

The fundamentals of good health are not esoteric secrets. Everyone knows what a healthy diet consists of. Whether they choose to eat healthy or not, that’s another discussion. But rarely do people eat unhealthy because they just don’t know. And everyone knows that regular exercise and  proper sleep are the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle along with a healthy diet.  …

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Exercise to Reduce the Risk of Hearing Loss

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

The foundations of a healthy lifestyle are no great secret. Multi-zillion dollar industries promote all varieties of shortcuts and hacks, but everyone knows that, in the end, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper rest are the undeniable cornerstones of health. Someone might prefer an unhealthy option for one reason or another and then form unhealthy habits. But it is …

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Your Hearing Health is a Cornerstone of Your Overall Health

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

The Cornerstones of Overall Health  If you were to stop anyone on the street and ask them the fundamentals of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no matter what kind of physical shape they themselves were in, pretty much anyone would tell you that the essential elements would include a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper rest. These are hardly a secret. …

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Professions That Pose a Heightened Risk of Hearing Loss

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

The Startling Statistics Why is it that less than three out of every 1,000 births involve congenital hearing loss, but among people aged 75 years old & above it is more common than not to experience hearing loss?  Almost 14% of the U.S. population aged 18 & above lives with some detectable degree of hearing loss. But studies estimate that …

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Limit Your Exposure to Noise Each Day

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

Nothing Beats Prevention  Hearing loss impacts many more people than most people assume. It is an invisible disability, meaning you cannot see that someone suffers from hearing loss simply by looking at them. And it is, in fact, rare that someone is born with congenital hearing loss. This happens in less than three out of every 1,000 births in the …

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What People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

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

It is true that hearing loss is far more common than most people are likely to assume. But it is still the source of quite a bit of mystery to those who have not yet had direct experience with it. Hearing loss is, in fact, common enough that eventually everyone will know someone experiencing it, if they are lucky enough …

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Your Options for Hearing Aid Features

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

Imagine This For a conceptual model of exactly how common hearing loss actually is, picture an average size wedding party. The average size of a wedding party is 100 people. Now how many of these people do you suspect suffer from some detectable degree of hearing loss?  Would you guess it is one person at the wedding? Maybe you suspect …

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How to Recognize The Signs When a Loved One is Experiencing Hearing Loss

In Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing Loss is So Much More Common Than Most People Assume There are many reasons that explain why hearing loss is much more common than most people are likely to assume. It is indeed rare to be born with congenital hearing loss. In the United States this happens in less than three out of every 1,000 births. So this gives …