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Everyday Activities That Harm Your Hearing

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

The world is a diverse soundscape full of music, birds chirping and wind blowing through the trees. Sounds can be a delightful and relaxing part of living but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some sounds can be exasperating. Many of us deal with the sounds of traffic, construction and noisy appliances everyday. As …

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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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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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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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

Do you have a hearing loss? Not only does hearing loss reduce your quality of life and make it difficult to hear all the sounds around you, your hearing loss also affects your family and friends. Communication is key when it comes to building strong relationships with your friends and loved ones, but your hearing loss makes it increasingly difficult …

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I Can Hear, but I Can’t Understand. Do I Have Hearing Loss?

In Blog, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Signs & Symptoms by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Do any of these sound familiar to you? “The TV must be broken. The volume is up high, but I still can’t understand what they’re saying.” “I can hear just fine; I just can’t always understand what is being said.” “It is easy to hear my husband speaking, but I can’t understand when my daughter or grandchildren are talking to …

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I Have Mild Hearing Loss. Now What?

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

Having a mild hearing loss may seem, well, mild, but the name is a bit misleading. As a type of hearing loss, it can still impact your lifestyle on a daily basis. Even a mild hearing loss can lead to other medical issues and isn’t something to ignore. While this can create some challenges, it is also something that can …