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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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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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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss       

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

You can think about just about every health issue having a connection with healthy eating. Things like heart disease and diabetes have clear links to your diet, but there are also mental health benefits. Many who eat balanced diets record higher feelings of general well being, and recent medical work has reinforced the body-mind relationship. You may already be on …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Los

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

For decades we’ve accepted hearing loss—and the communication difficulties it causes—as a normal part of aging. But research suggests that losing our hearing affects more than just our conversations. If left untreated, hearing loss can be profoundly detrimental to our physical and mental well-being, reducing our quality of life as we get older. A team of Japanese researchers has found …

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Tips for Sheltering in Place with Hearing Loss

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

If you live in an area that is practicing shelter-in-place, your life has surely transformed before your eyes. Some of the simple activities that you might have taken for granted are put on hold for the time being. What’s more, it is unclear in some parts of the world how long these shelter-in-place orders will last. Rather than focus on …