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How Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing Affect Brain Aging

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

Getting older means the body has been through a lifetime of wear and tear. Joints and muscles may be sore or stiff, and regular aches and pains are to be expected. In addition to the regular toll on the body, other issues can come up, including degenerative conditions or serious illness, injury, or disease. However, we know that lifestyle habits …

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Things Your Ears Reveal About Your Health

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

The most common health concern to occur in your ears is hearing loss. Most people who live to old age will experience some form of hearing loss, and even those who take steps to protect their hearing are likely to experience some limitations in their senior years. Yet, the direct effects of hearing loss are not the only health concern …

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Hearing Loss & an Increased Risk for Depression

In Depression, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, Mental Health, News, Research by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

The relation between hearing loss and other negative health outcomes continues to be studied by researchers. We have known for a long time that hearing loss can be related to a higher incidence of accidents and injuries. Those who have trouble hearing audio cues around them may be unaware of the dangers they face, and they may not adequately respond …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Pediatric Hearing Loss, Research by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

The spring brings along fresh hope for new growth, and one way you can better yourself is by celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month! Each year the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) sets aside the month of May to honor the possibility of improving speech and hearing ability. Technology and medical developments have made leaps and bounds in the new ways …

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The Different Types of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss appears in different types, and no person’s experience is exactly like another. Although each person with hearing loss experiences a unique profile of abilities and challenges, there are three general categories that can help you understand what might be going on. The three types of hearing loss are categorized according to the location within the body where the …

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A Push for More Accessibility with Product Design

In Accessibility, Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Technology, News, Research, Science by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and the improvements to our everyday lives have been equally incredible. As these innovations continue, society stands to benefit greatly. Yet, the question of technological benefits is not as simple as it might appear. Immense resources go into these developments, yet the social implications of technology include a crucial question: Who benefits from …

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Sensitivity to Noise as We Age

In Age Related Hearing Loss, Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, News, Research by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Complete peace and quiet is almost an impossibility in our modern age. Hyper connected, we live surrounded by buzzing notifications, traffic noise, and the sounds of city life. Even those living in rural areas might have to contend with airplane noise, farm machinery, or the din of natural resource extraction. These sounds go past the point of annoyance. More studies …

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A Relationship between Hearing Loss & Substance Abuse Disorders

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

Most of us know that hearing loss can lead to poorer overall health and reduced communication. But did you know of the link between hearing loss and substance abuse? Individuals under age 50 with hearing loss misuse prescription opioids twice as much as those without hearing loss, and are also more likely to turn to alcohol and other drugs, according …

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4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

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

Of all the forms of hearing loss, only one is 100% preventable. It also happens to be one of the most common. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a type of sensorineural hearing loss. This means it affects the hearing nerves which receive the sound which is carried to the brain. It is caused by either persistent exposure to loud noise …

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In Honor of World Hearing Day on March 3, Check Your Hearing!

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

World Hearing Day is celebrated annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 3rd. Each year the World Health Organization focuses on a different theme that revolves around global hearing health and this year, in 2019, the World Hearing Day theme is “Check your hearing!,” drawing attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. World …