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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

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

When you think about public health concerns, your mind might immediately go to communicable diseases. Particularly as we learn about COVID-19, we have become aware of the ways that viruses, bacterial infections, and other diseases spread through large groups of people.  Other important public health concerns include risks of injuries and access to healthy drinking water. The Gates Foundation has …

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Tips for Watching TV with Hearing Aids

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

Is there anything better than sitting down in front of the TV and enjoying a movie with your family? For those with hearing loss, it might be challenging to do so. With their propensity to crank the volume, fighting over the remote control might be common in houses where one family member has hearing loss. This is an issue not …

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Seeking Hearing Loss Treatment Could Help Prevent or Delay Dementia

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

Many people believe that if someone lives with untreated hearing loss, their challenges are mostly restricted to communication. The symptoms of untreated hearing loss are sadly more complicated than that. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on the brain when left unaddressed, leading to social disengagement and severe health problems. In particular, there’s been a strong link between hearing …

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Hearing Loss and Millennials

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

Many of us have the standard stereotypical image of a person who has hearing loss. This person is older, perhaps holding a cane, and has difficulty hearing in loud contexts or talking to someone with a soft voice. And yet, seniors are not the only people who suffer hearing loss. Hearing loss is skewing younger and even reaching millennials. The …

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Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry    

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

Hearing aids have never been smaller or more technically advanced. But although hearing aids are designed to be robust, like all electronic devices, they need to be protected from moisture. If you’re an avid swimmer or use your hearing aids for sweaty activities such as hiking or jogging, your hearing devices might be exposed to moisture every day. What can …

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A Link between Tinnitus, Anxiety, and Sleep Issues       

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

Tinnitus is the medical term for hearing disturbance (usually vibration or ringing) in your ears when there is no ambient sound. Fifty million people in the United States suffer tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Society. Perhaps shockingly, only about 12 million are seeking medical assistance for it. While tinnitus can affect anyone, some people are more likely to encounter …

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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss       

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

You can think about just about every health issue having a connection with healthy eating. Things like heart disease and diabetes have clear links to your diet, but there are also mental health benefits. Many who eat balanced diets record higher feelings of general well being, and recent medical work has reinforced the body-mind relationship. You may already be on …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Los

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

For decades we’ve accepted hearing loss—and the communication difficulties it causes—as a normal part of aging. But research suggests that losing our hearing affects more than just our conversations. If left untreated, hearing loss can be profoundly detrimental to our physical and mental well-being, reducing our quality of life as we get older. A team of Japanese researchers has found …

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Communication At Work: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

May has been known as Better Speech and Hearing Month for over 75 years. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) spends this month raising awareness of communication disorders, such as hearing loss and supplying audiologists and hearing specialists with the critical information they need to inform their patients. This year, the theme they are promoting is ‘Communication at Work.’ …