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Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss
Family & Relationships

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

The realization that you have hearing loss can come as a heavy blow. Although some people take this fact in stride and immediately seek assistance, many others have trouble coming to terms with the reality of hearing loss. Although they might have experienced situations in which it was difficult to hear, they move immediately to denying the possibility of hearing loss, shifting the blame onto environmental or social factors instead. Denial is a very common response to hearing loss, but it is often not the final step toward acceptance. If you are having trouble dealing with the complicated emotions associated

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Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence
Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

When you hear about “Artificial Intelligence” (or, AI), many images may come to mind. You might think of robots in pop culture, such as R2D2 or C3PO in Star Wars or HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the other hand, you might think about dystopian visions of the future in which robots become smarter than humans and take over the planet. Although our first associations with AI might be these extremes, in fact AI is already an important part of many processes in our everyday lives. What is Artificial Intelligence? Although computers have been used for calculations of

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Hearing Health

The Role of Ears in the Balance System

Balance disorders come in many forms, each with a debilitating effect. The ability to orient to our surroundings is crucial not only to mobilizing on two legs but also to avoiding dizziness and the feeling that the room is spinning. Others with vertigo may feel suddenly faint and disoriented, seemingly out of the blue. Like walking on a tight rope or a balance beam, we use our senses to take stock of the environment, checking in on subtle changes in distance, elevation, and pressure. With so many variables in the natural world, it is remarkable that we are able to

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Hearing Loss and Sleep

When you think about the relationship between hearing and sleep, you may recall a time when you heard too much to sleep. A noisy environment can be quite distracting when you are trying to let your mind go to rest, and we have all experienced interruptions to the sleeping process due to sound at one time or another. Indeed, unwanted sounds can get in the way of restful, deep sleep, but we might be curious, on the other hand, about the relationship between sleep and hearing loss. Does hearing loss actually make it easier to sleep, due to the lack

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