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Studies Show that Hearing Loss Can Worsen Tinnitus

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

Do you have tinnitus? It’s a ringing, buzzing, or humming sound that you may hear when everything else around you is very quiet. Tinnitus can make it hard to sleep, hard to focus on tasks, or hard to have a conversation with a loved one. Tinnitus and hearing loss often appear together, and hearing loss could even make your tinnitus …

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How Prevalent is Hearing Loss in the US?

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

Do you know how many Americans have hearing loss? You probably know at least one person with hearing loss, especially since two-thirds of adults over the age of 60 experience some degree of hearing loss.  Here are some facts about hearing loss in the US. How Many Americans Have Hearing Loss? According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately …

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Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

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

Have you been living with diabetes or have recently been diagnosed? Diabetes is a potentially dangerous condition, affecting approximately 32.4 million people in the US. This number is expected to rise to one in three people by 2050 if current trends continue. It is important to pay attention to diabetes, to avoid potential threats to your quality of life and …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

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

This month, we want your hearing health to dodge all the tricks and reap all the treats because October is Protect Your Hearing Month. Your hearing is a fragile sensory tool, and when you know how to care for it, it can last you your whole life. However, although our hearing is so dynamic, it is also quite delicate. Noise …

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What Happens if You Don’t Treat Hearing Loss?

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

Although an estimated one in five people in the United States has hearing loss, the condition goes untreated for far too many of them. On average, a person with hearing loss will wait seven years before getting the treatment they need. The reasons for delaying getting treatment are quite varied, but the benefits of treatment range from improved communication to …

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New Study on Hearing Aids Reducing the Risk for Dementia

In Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Though the precise nature of the connection between hearing loss and dementia continues to be investigated, study after study has demonstrated that a connection exists. Something in the brain responds to both hearing loss and the process of cognition. Those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia than those who do not have hearing loss. Even among …

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Hearing Aids were a Pioneer in Electronics Miniaturization

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

The history of technology and cultural values are tightly interwoven. With any technological development, you can see how the desires, needs, and values of the surrounding culture prompted the innovation. Although some people tinker with technology with a pure curiosity to understand what is possible, most of the discoveries that make their way to becoming a marketable commodity have a …

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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 …