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Why Bilateral Hearing Loss Should be Treated with Two Hearing Aids

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

Many aspects of the body rely on symmetrical functioning. Take the legs, for example. Walking becomes difficult when one leg has less ability than the other, any many people require assistive devices such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair when a knee or hip problem comes up. Other parts of the body work similarly. Your hearing uses the symmetry between …

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The Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

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

Physical activity is linked to a wide range of positive health outcomes. Not only can you strengthen your heart and other muscles, but you can even improve brain functioning through moderate physical activity. When you hear “exercise,” your mind might gravitate to a lengthy and painful session at the gym. Quite the contrary, physical activity can be integrated into your …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

The adage “April showers bring May flowers” is a nice reminder that enduring the difficult times can be necessary to truly experience the pleasure of the good times. Without the rain and gloom, the flowers wouldn’t be able to show us their vivid display of sensory delights. This principle applies to so much in life, and the annual cycle of …

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Keeping Track of Your Daily Exposure to Noise

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

Two causes are responsible for the vast majority of cases of hearing loss. The first is the natural process of aging. The condition of age-related hearing loss, otherwise known as presbycusis, is an inevitable result of growing older. Until we find an elixir of life, there is nothing to be done about this cause of hearing loss, other than getting …

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Misconceptions about Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss affects roughly 20 percent of the global population, amounting to somewhere around 1.5 billion people. With so many affected by this condition, you might be surprised to learn that there is a vast mythology that has arisen about it. It would seem that if so many people have hearing loss, then we would have a pretty good sense …

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Prevent Falls by Treating Hearing Loss

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

become serious health concerns. Every 11 seconds, a senior will visit an emergency room seeking treatment for a fall in the US. Many of these people receive the treatment they need and can be fully mobile going forward, but others find that the fall leads to ongoing health concerns. In light of the seriousness of these incidents, it is important …

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Frequent Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

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

When we think about noise-induced hearing loss, many of us imagine an explosion or a very loud factory. Indeed, these situations can produce sound so loud that hearing loss occurs in an instant. If the decibel level of sound reaches these heights, then it can be sufficient to damage hearing without much time going by, but relatively quieter sounds also …

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

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

Mental health is assessed, defined, and diagnosed in many ways. The standards we use to determine psychological “pathology” are also related to the time and place where we live. The signs of mental illness that were used in the past have changed quite a bit in updated psychological methods. We can expect that the future will hold different definitions of …

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Signs of Pediatric Hearing Loss

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

The years of early childhood are full of discovery. Each day is an opportunity to encounter something new and to learn about the world. The rapid process of development in the years before spoken language is particularly fascinating. Though babies and children during these years aren’t able to voice their understanding, they are gathering all kinds of important information and …

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Untreated Hearing Loss May Interfere with Your Relationships

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

Hearing loss can make it challenging to follow conversations or connect with loved ones. It makes you ask people to repeat themselves or give up since you just can’t understand what was said. It’s important to remember that your hearing loss doesn’t just affect you. When hearing loss leads to poor communication it interferes with your relationships. Hearing Loss Can …