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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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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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What Does It Mean to Have Normal Hearing

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

Do you have “normal” hearing? Normal hearing means that you don’t have hearing loss. But what exactly is “normal” hearing and how did it become established? Here’s what it means to have normal hearing. Hearing Thresholds First, let’s take a look at hearing thresholds. This is the softest sound you can hear at any given frequency or pitch. The softest …

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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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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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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 …

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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 …