Protecting Your Child’s Hearing at School

Protecting Your Child's Hearing at School

It’s back to school time again, and you’re enjoying the first few weeks of peace and quiet. You bought your kids new clothes and new school supplies, but did you pick up some earplugs? You want to make sure your child is prepared for everything, and stays safe, but not enough parents are thinking about protecting their child’s hearing.   Noise in Your Child’s School Schools are notoriously loud places, with crowded hallways, echoing cafeterias, and deafening programs like band practice or gym class. Even the bus on the way to and from school can be dangerous to your child’s …

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As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

Hearing loss is becoming more and more common with each passing year. Though this epidemic continues to go unnoticed and ignored, the numbers don’t lie. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss! Age Related Hearing Loss Did you know that hearing loss is among the top three most prevalent health concerns among older adults in America? 1 in 3 adults in their 60s have hearing loss, and half of all seniors over the age of 75 struggle to hear. Age related hearing, or presbycusis, is extremely common. This hearing …

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Common Questions about Hearing Loss

Common Questions about Hearing Loss

Are you straining to hear? Do you struggle to follow conversations, or pick up on the subtle sounds around you? You’re not alone. Nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss, and have difficulty hearing at work and at home. If you’ve recently experienced changes in your hearing, here are some of the most common questions and answers about hearing loss. How Common Is Hearing Loss? Hearing loss is a lot more common than you might think, and affects people of all ages. Almost half of seniors over the age of 65 have hearing loss, and this number increases with age. …

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Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing And Balance

Have you ever wondered exactly how your ear works, and how you’re able to hear? In biology class you probably learned the basics of hearing. Sound waves enter your ear, hit the ear drum, and cause vibrations in the fluid-filled cochlea, or inner ear. The cells of the inner ear pick up on this vibration, and send electrical signals to the brain that you interpret as sound. But scientists want to know more about the exact mechanism of hearing, and have recently discovered a protein that enables hearing and balance. Discovering Cells in the Ear Researchers at Harvard Medical School …

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Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Data Show Increase in Hearing Loss in Oil and Gas Drilling Sector

Everyone knows that noise induced hearing loss is becoming more and more common. From noisy city streets to crowded amphitheaters and sports venues, our lives are full of loud sounds. Some jobs are more dangerous to your ears than others, and one recent study shows that hearing loss is increasing in the oil and gas drilling sector. Noisy Workplaces Many Americans are employed in noisy workplaces. Farms, factories, and fire halls are all very loud, and anyone working in manufacturing, emergency services, or construction risk hearing loss. When sounds are very loud, they damage the tiny cells in the inner …

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Staying Safe with Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying Safe with Alzheimer’s Disease

September is World Alzheimer’s Month! Every September Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) raises awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, and encourages seniors to do everything they can to reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s on their lives. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of developing dementia, or slowing its progress. These include maintaining a healthy diet, staying active, and treating your hearing loss.   Alzheimer’s Disease and the Brain Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common from of dementia, is a degenerative brain disease that attacks the neural networks …

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Protecting Your Hearing During Summer

Protecting Your Hearing During Summer Festival Season

No summer is complete without a few good summer festivals. Planning a family weekend at a music festival this month? We want you to have a blast without blasting your ears with too much noise, so here are a few tips on how to protect your hearing during summer festival season.   How Loud is Too Loud? When you think of summer music festivals, you probably think of amazing food trucks, stinky toilets, and crazy outfits. You’re distracted by the kids and rivetted by watching your favorite artist perform. What you might not think about is how loud the music …

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How do Hearing Aids work?

How do Hearing Aids work?

541-678-5698 How do hearing aids work? Hearing aids are small, electronic devices that amplify some sounds. This can make it easier for people with a range of hearing needs, from moderate to severe, to distinguish unique sounds throughout their day. This allows people with hearing loss to hear in quiet places as well as loud and noisy places with many different kinds of sounds occurring at once. Hearing aids are a common solution to many different kinds of hearing needs. It is important to take some time to understand the wealth of information about how hearing aids work, and what …

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Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss of course affects our abilities to communicate with those around us, and we make adjustments to our communication in order to remain connected to friends, loved ones, and coworkers. Our hearing greatly impacts our abilities to navigate the world around us. When we have untreated hearing loss, then, we also need to make adjustments to how we physically move through the world in order to prevent tripping, falling, and other kinds of accidents.   Studies Linking Untreated Hearing Loss & Accidents The links between untreated hearing loss and physical mishaps have been confirmed by researchers at universities …

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How Different Generations Experience Hearing Loss

How Different Generations Experience Hearing Loss

Although the physiological roots of hearing loss can be explained through the biological sciences, the actual experience of hearing loss has a lot to do with social psychology. Each person experiences hearing loss through the filter of her or his social environment as well as the features of the individual mind. One of the ways we can think about these social environmental factors is the difference between generations. Generations are heuristics for grouping people together, and some common examples are “The Silent Generation,” “Baby Boomers,” “Generation X,” “Millennials,” and “Boomlets.” Each generation has features that bind them together socially, thought …

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