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Even a Mild Hearing Loss Contributes to Cognitive Decline

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

Hearing loss has serious implications as you age including affecting your relationships, mood, energy level and even cognitive function. There has been extensive research linking hearing loss with a decrease in cognitive function, eventually leading to a higher risk of developing dementia sooner or at all. A recent study explored this topic deeper to find out even a mild degree …

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How Quitting Smoking & Lowering Blood Pressure Could Support Healthy Hearing

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

Every part of our health is connected, from our mind and body to even our emotional state. This of course includes your hearing which helps you to listen and respond to the world daily. When you can hear the people in your life you can continue to have health and rich relationships, opening up opportunity and growth. The more growth …

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Why Do Masks Make it Difficult to Communicate?

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

Many find it important for their own health and the health of others to wear a face mask in public, however it does add obstacles in communication for people with and without hearing issues. Masks and Muffled Speech To prevent the spread of COVID-19 a mask must be worn over the nose and mouth, however this can make the words …

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How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test?

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

Annual physicals, biannual dental checkups, and regular annual vision screenings are a well-established schedule for staying on top of your health – but do you know how often you should be getting a hearing exam? One of the questions we field most frequently is just how regularly should a person have their hearing tested. The answer is: it depends! When …

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How a Heart-Healthy Diet Supports Better Hearing

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

Adopting a healthy diet has long been recognized as a way to begin improving your overall health. Making healthy food choices can reduce harmful cholesterol levels, improve circulation and organ function, relieve inflammation and boost a wide host of other benefits. Now, recent research is pointing to ways in which a balanced diet improves our hearing health.  In a study …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

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

The winter holiday season is here in a year undeniably like no other. In this year of unprecedented global pandemic, it is important that we learn to celebrate with safety in mind, which makes virtual gatherings a great option. Virtual seasonal events can still connect us with our loved ones and can even show us innovative ways to stay connected …

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Tips for Video Calls and Group Chats for Hearing Loss

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

Our world has transformed in the last year, and many of us continue racing to keep up with the abrupt nature of the change. One of the powerful changes to the way we communicate is the prevalence of videoconferencing. Whether it is a chat with your friends and family, a class discussion taking place remotely, or an important meeting with …

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How Does Telemedicine Work?

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

It might come as no surprise that health care is among the many social activities that have moved to “remote” settings. With the risks of social proximity, any steps that can be employed to create physical distance between people could amount to saving lives. Many aspects of health care can be enacted across distance rather than in shared space. Let’s …

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How the ADA Can Help Do More for Hearing Loss

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

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 30 years old in 2020! This life-changing piece of legislation makes it possible for people with a variety of physical and mental ability to move through the world more easily and to perform the activities of daily life with the support they need. Those with mobility challenges now have accessible entry into public …