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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

Awareness of hearing loss and the issues it can cause is always growing, but most people don’t start thinking about it until long into adulthood when it starts to be problematic. Consequently, myths abound about what hearing loss is and what causes it. Let’s try to clear up a few hearing-loss-related issues and get the facts straight. Fact: Hearing Loss …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids

If any of these factors apply to you, you may need to upgrade your hearing aids. At our practice, we want to help you stay involved, attentive, and active, so we’re pleased to talk about any life changes that might indicate a hearing aid upgrade is on the way. Call now to set up a consultation! If you’re on the …

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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

We’ve all done it. A smile and a nod in response to something said by the person we’re in conversation with, rather than saying ‘what?’ again or admitting we didn’t hear what they said. People with healthy hearing do this all the time, too!  And although that can be a successful strategy to minimize uncomfortable feelings in the moment, it’s …

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Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss    

A diagnosis of hearing loss can be emotionally devastating not just to the person receiving the information about themselves, but can tremendously damage close relationships with loved ones, too. Unless you have personally experienced hearing loss, it is hard to understand exactly the toll it can take on a person.  Your loved one has to work extremely hard to participate …

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Musicians & Hearing Loss

When you think of people in noisy professions, you might immediately conjure images of workers in construction, factories  or farming. It makes sense, folks who work daily with loud machinery are frequently exposed to too-loud levels of noise.  But it may surprise you to hear of another group of workers who often suffer from noise-induced hearing loss because of their …

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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

What comes to mind when you think about advanced digital technology? Of course, the latest smartphones, lifelike computer graphics, and even initiatives like virtual reality and artificial intelligence come to mind for most people. However, you can find some of the most significant breakthroughs in tiny digital technology in the current generation of digital hearing aids, which may surprise you. …

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Difficulties with Communication Could Signal a Hearing Loss

Have you been having difficulties communicating? Have you had to ask your friends to repeat themselves, especially when you’re out for dinner or at a noisy bar downtown? Maybe you passed your recent hearing test but still have trouble communicating. While you’d think a hearing test would show your hearing loss, you may have hidden hearing loss. What is Hidden …

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Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Living in the city has many benefits, like good job opportunities, better access to services, excellent schools, and great restaurants. However, living in a city isn’t without risks. Cities are notoriously noisy places, with endless noise from construction sites, traffic, lawnmowers, and the neighborhood dog that never stops barking. If you have a lot of noise pollution in your neighborhood, …

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How Hearing Aids Can Change Your Life

If you have found that you have had to ask people to repeat themselves more and more often, it may signal that you have a hearing loss. It’s easy to believe that these occurrences are of little consequence, however, undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can make it difficult to communicate and cause tension in your personal and professional relationships. Ultimately …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

Many go on for years, believing that their hearing loss is not a serious issue. The problem, however, is that while you hear with your ears you process and listen with your brain. When your brain can not receive important audio information about conversations, and the world around you, the effects can become more serious than we may have first …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

There are currently 48 million people in the US dealing with hearing loss and this number is only expected to grow. Each May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and is a call to action by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to raise awareness and action around treating these devastating disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Building Connections” and is meant …