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Tips for Communicating with Face Masks

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

Now that we have been wearing face masks for some time, each of us has had a moment when communication became difficult. Whether your encounter was at the grocery store, gas station, or in conversation with a friend, family member, or loved one, face masks can obscure the communication process just enough to make it difficult.  Those who have trouble …

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Work & Leisure Activities That Could Contribute to Hearing Loss

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

If you have ever been to a loud event and then walked outside into the relatively quiet outdoors, you are already attuned to the risks of hearing loss associated with some leisure activities. That sound of ringing or muffled sound after walking out of a loud event points you in the direction of the damage that your hearing could sustain.  …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

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

Imagine, if you will, what happens in your mind during a conversation with another person. As they speak, your ears receive fine-grained sonic information and translate that information into electrical impulses. Those electrical impulses, in turn, are transmitted to the brain where they can be analyzed, categorized, and synthesized into units of thought: words, phrases, sentences, and complex meanings. What …

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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 …