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What Happens if You Don’t Treat Hearing Loss?

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

Although an estimated one in five people in the United States has hearing loss, the condition goes untreated for far too many of them. On average, a person with hearing loss will wait seven years before getting the treatment they need. The reasons for delaying getting treatment are quite varied, but the benefits of treatment range from improved communication to …

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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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Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Personality

In Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Signs & Symptoms, Hearing Loss Treatment by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss affects everyone differently. No two people are alike, and each of us has unique responses to the events and situations we encounter each and every day. Our response to hearing loss is also unique. Some individuals may notice changes in their personality or mood, and others may not feel all that different. However, one thing stays the same …

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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 …