View Post

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, …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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

Every May, we are excited to announce the arrival of Better Hearing and Speech Month, an important initiative of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (also known as ASHA). This year, Better Hearing and Speech Month addresses both general education around hearing and speech issues as well as specific concerns that have arisen amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Better Hearing and Speech …

View Post

Signs You May Have Tinnitus

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

If you’ve ever experienced the phenomenon of hearing a ringing or other phantom noise in your ear, you are not alone. Perceiving these sounds is called “tinnitus” and it is a very common hearing issue. Around one in three adults have experienced some form of tinnitus, and that rate increases steeply for people with existing hearing loss to an over …

View Post

Studies Show Higher Rates of Hearing Loss for People with Diabetes

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

Diabetes is a condition affecting 34 million Americans, just over 1 in every 10 people. With such a high incidence, it is important to understand warning signs and other conditions that are highly correlated with diabetes. Doctors and researchers refer to these conditions as comorbidities—those factors that tend to be higher among people with diabetes. Some of these might be …

View Post

Links between Tinnitus, Hearing Loss & COVID19

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

The COVID19 coronavirus has changed global reality in ways we never could have expected. After over a year of social distancing, the highly contagious nature of the virus remains a threat, and public health officials continue to seek the best way to reduce the risks posed by COVDI19. One of the most puzzling features of the virus is the wide …