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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

In Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Diseases, Hearing Testing by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

For the last 10 years, we’ve celebrated World Alzheimer’s Month every September! This is a time to come together with people from around the world to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, talk about the risk factors, and help people recognize the signs of this type of dementia. So let’s talk about Alzheimer’s Disease! What is World Alzheimer’s Month? This year …

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Can You Hear While Sleeping

In Ear Health, Hearing Testing, Noise by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

As we drift off to sleep, we lose conscious awareness of what’s happening around us. But certain sounds can wake us up. From a snoring partner to traffic noise out the window, noise can wake us from deep sleep. So our ears and brain must continue processing sounds even when we’re asleep. How does this work exactly, and what can …

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What Does It Mean to Have Normal Hearing

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Do you have “normal” hearing? Normal hearing means that you don’t have hearing loss. But what exactly is “normal” hearing and how did it become established? Here’s what it means to have normal hearing. Hearing Thresholds First, let’s take a look at hearing thresholds. This is the softest sound you can hear at any given frequency or pitch. The softest …

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Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Personality

In Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Signs & Symptoms, Hearing Loss Treatment by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss affects everyone differently. No two people are alike, and each of us has unique responses to the events and situations we encounter each and every day. Our response to hearing loss is also unique. Some individuals may notice changes in their personality or mood, and others may not feel all that different. However, one thing stays the same …

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Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Community, Tips & Tricks by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Living with hearing loss can be challenging for everyone. Your loved one with hearing loss has a hard time communicating, and everyone gets a bit frustrated from time to time. Someone with hearing loss spends a lot of energy straining to hear, and despite the effort, they’re often left guessing at what’s being said. This can lead to miscommunications, stress, …

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Can Air Pollution Affect Our Hearing Abilities?

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Aging and exposure to loud noise are two of the most common causes of hearing loss. But did you know that air quality can affect your ears as well? Recent research found that air pollution can cause sensorineural hearing loss.  A 2020 Study on Air Pollution and Hearing Abilities Researchers have been looking for links between air pollution and hearing …

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Current & Former Smokers May Be at Higher Risk for Hearing Loss  

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Smoking can be hard on your health in many different ways. Most notoriously, smoking can lead to a variety of types of cancer and is also associated with heart disease. New research is also finding that smoking is connected with a person’s risk of developing hearing loss. Studying data from over 81,000 women reporting to the American Nurses Health Study …

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Studies Show that COVID-19 Can Affect Tinnitus

In Tinnitus by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Over the past year and a half the COVID-19 pandemic has altered uncountable aspects of our lives. Now, research is finding that the pandemic has also had a significant impact on tinnitus, the condition where phantom sounds are heard in the ear.  New data shows that COVID-19 frequently worsens tinnitus for those who contracted the virus. Additionally, the conditions surrounding …

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New Face Masks Can Help Communication

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

With the global COVID-19 pandemic came a huge shift in our public appearances. The ubiquitous face mask helped reduce the spread of the airborne virus and protected essential workers from exposure. Without a doubt, wearing face masks helped reduce viral transmission, especially in indoor settings.  However, face masks do pose a challenge for those who struggle with hearing loss. Speech …

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How Virtual Assistants Can Assist Those with Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Modern hearing aids represent some amazing breakthroughs in the technology of treating hearing loss. Compact and high-performing digital sound processing delivers a crisp and nuanced audio boost custom programmed to meet the needs of your hearing challenges. Not only are hearing aids better than ever at helping you recover your hearing, modern hearing aids are also built to integrate seamlessly …