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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

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

Have you ever been in a social setting where you are struggling to understand or keep up with the conversation? If so, how did you navigate the interaction? A common strategy that people often use in this context is pretending to hear. This looks like nodding your head or giving verbal cues that you are following along. Pretending to hear …

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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

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

September is World Alzheimer’s Month! Started in 2012, this global awareness and advocacy campaign focuses on challenging the stigma associated with dementia. Dementia refers to  a group of medical conditions that progressively reduce cognitive functions including: thinking, memory, learning, and decision making. Worldwide, 50 million people live with dementia, a number projected to increase.  The most common form of dementia …

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A Brief History of Hearing Loss

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

An estimated 48 million people in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss. This is nearly 1 in 5 people, making hearing loss the third most common, chronic, medical condition that people experience today. Though hearing loss is pervasive, it is often undertreated. Hearing loss usually happens gradually so it can take some time for people to notice changes …

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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

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

Technology is making life easier. From smartphone apps to computers, smartwatches to Fitbits, we use digital technology every day. Hearing aid technology is also going digital, and it’s revolutionizing how we hear.  Analog Hearing Aids Before digital hearing aids became the norm, hearing aids relied on analog processes. Analog hearing aids convert sound waves to electrical signals for processing. Then …

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Reduce the Risk of Falls by Treating Hearing Loss

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

Every 11 seconds, an adult in the United States visits the emergency room due to a fall injury, making accidental falls one of the most common causes of bodily injury. Our bodies become more vulnerable to falls as we age, and an unintentional fall can result in permanent injuries and lengthy recovery times. Understanding what factors contribute to falls is …

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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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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, …