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How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

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Wearing hearing aids can transform your daily life and health. Communication is part of the foundation that shapes our lives. It is critical for developing and sustaining relationships, engaging in social activities, work, and navigating life independently and comfortably. Hearing loss, one of the most common medical conditions that people experience today, strains communication which creates various challenges that take …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Brain

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Did you know that healthy hearing is deeply connected to cognitive wellness? It is one of many ways that your hearing is connected to your overall health. The connection between hearing health and cognitive health is also an important consideration when considering when to treat hearing loss. Early treatment is key to minimizing the overall health impact hearing loss has …

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Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids

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When you are considering the best treatment options for your hearing loss, it is important to understand how your hearing works and to best support its natural functioning. One question we often hear is whether using one hearing aid would offer similar benefits to a pair of hearing aids. While a single hearing aid can offer some sound enhancement, unfortunately, …

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Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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May is here, and after a year unlike any other, Better Hearing and Speech Month has also arrived. This year, we’re excited to talk about the awareness theme from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): “Building Connections”.  After all, our ability to feel connected to others is intimately connected to our hearing. When hearing becomes difficult, it can contribute to other …

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A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

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Nobody goes to the gym to tone their ears, but new research is showing that regular exercise can, in fact, strengthen our defenses against hearing loss! Physical exercise has numerous, well-documented benefits for overall health including reducing cardiovascular disease risk and better balance and coordination, as well as better endurance, and improving sleep and mood. Your ears may seem distant …

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New Study Shows that 1 in 10 Adults in the US Suffer from Tinnitus

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If you have tinnitus, you are well aware of how painful it can be. The annoying ringing, humming, or whistling sound won’t go away, and it’s challenging to deal with these noises. You’re not alone in your search for silence. According to a new survey, tinnitus is becoming more popular, with one in ten Americans suffering from it. What is …

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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

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You’ve probably been on one or the other side of this conversation before. It starts out easily with some basic back-and-forth pleasantries, but before you know it something is missing. You felt like you understood one another in the beginning, but at some point it became clear that the signals were crossed. Maybe one of you answered a question with …

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Musicians & Hearing Loss

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Many occupations have a risk of hearing loss, and our minds go immediately to industrial and manufacturing jobs with very loud machinery that can damage hearing through exposure day in and day out. Other occupations, such as those in the military or working with aircraft require expert hearing protection to avoid hearing loss over a lifetime of work. However, noise …

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Hearing Loss & Fatigue

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Do you find that you have to ask the people in your life to repeat themselves more than normal? Are you struggling to keep up and to contribute with conversation? There is a good chance you are dealing with the onset of hearing loss. Hearing loss can be exhausting. As you struggle to fill in blanks in what people are …