Hearing Aids Support Your Active Lifestyle

Hearing Aids Support Your Active Lifestyle

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss but are afraid of what that may mean for your active lifestyle, there are new advances in hearing aid technology that could be right for you. Along with Bluetooth wireless technology, some hearing aids are manufactured more durably and some are even water resistant. Hearing loss may be a normal part of aging, but it does not mean you should stop being social. It is important to maintain your quality of life while becoming familiar with your new hearing aids. Hearing aid users also report that their quality of life has improved …

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Millennials and Hearing Loss

Millennials and Hearing Loss

A common misconception is that hearing loss is only a condition that old people suffer from. However, hearing healthcare professionals are seeing an unsettling pattern of hearing loss affecting young people ages 20 to 69. True, advanced age is factor in hearing loss, but damage to the hearing ability due to every day noise is a growing problem with younger Americans, sometimes as young as 12 years old. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that approximately 40 million people in the United States, ages 20 to 69, suffer from hearing loss due to everyday …

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Every September marks the international effort World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that people can have, and the disease affects millions of people all across the world. The disease most frequently affects older people: the National Institute on Aging writes that the “number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65…About one-third of all people age 85 and older may have Alzheimer’s disease.” Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease While it is commonly understood that older people are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, and are perhaps more impacted by a range of issues …

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Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

Think back to the last time you had a conversation with someone who has untreated hearing loss. When you tried to communicate, did you encounter any problems? Some people have found a way to make do with the limitations on their hearing, but most continue to struggle to have a conversation. Perhaps you found it difficult to move from one idea to the next, seemingly jumping around to random topics. You might have had to repeat yourself or move your body in a way that made it easier to understand. In the worst cases, one or both of you might …

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Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

If you have ever been to a loud concert, you might recall the experience of going home, laying your head on the pillow in the quiet of the night, and suddenly hearing a loud high-pitched scream in your ears. If you have experienced that sound, you can relate with someone who has tinnitus. Most people who suffer from ringing in their ears after a loud event such as a concert will find that it goes away very quickly, even by the morning after the event. However, a person with tinnitus finds that the sound does not go away. That inescapable …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Restored?

Can Hearing Loss Be Restored?

Only a short while ago, it might have seemed unimaginable that someone with a cancer diagnosis would be able to live for even a few more years. Take a look at the medical community today, and you will see just how far innovations have come regarding formerly fatal conditions. Similarly, those who might have suffered for many years with debilitating illnesses have found treatments that make their lives happy and thriving once again. However, we still have a long way to go when it comes to illness and chronic health conditions. Research and development in medicine require incredible resources, and …

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What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation

The time has finally come for your hearing exam and consultation! Perhaps you were unsure if you had hearing loss at all. Now that your exam is coming, you will know for sure if you are struggling to hear more than you used to. With that information in hand, you can an informed choice about assistance options. However, you will want to know a lot about your options before making such a big purchase. When you go for your hearing test and consultation, you can expect your audiologist or hearing specialist to ask you a number of questions, but you …

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Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

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 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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The Role of Ears in the Balance System

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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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