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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

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

Imagine you are out with a group of friends, and you strike up a conversation with someone new in the group. Initially the conversation starts well, and you are able to follow the basics like what their name is, where they’re from. More people enter the venue, the surrounding conversations get louder and louder, and the music starts thumping right …

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World Alzheimer’s Month: Treatments for Alzheimer’s

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

This month draws our attention to Alzheimer’s disease, a cognitive disorder affecting many people, yet many of the underlying causes remain unknown. Although there is much left to learn about the disorder, a surprising connection has been discovered between hearing loss and dementia. In honor of this month of awareness, it is important to look toward the growing number of …

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Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

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

Have you been avoiding telling your loved ones about your hearing loss? If you’ve been struggling to hear, how you choose to disclose your hearing loss to your family and friends can have a huge impact on how you experience hearing loss. As you get ready to have that conversation with your family, think about these three disclosure methods, and …

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Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

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

Some activities will come naturally to you with the assistance of hearing aids. You can insert your aids and move around the house easily, newly aware of the sound that you had been missing for so long. You will likely notice things you hadn’t before, including the neighbor’s dog or cars whizzing by on the street just outside your door. …

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Communication Strategies with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Friends & Family, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

People tend to wait multiple years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek help from a professional. Because of this, most people with hearing loss have experienced multiple years of miscommunication and frustrating conversation with friends and family. Life doesn’t have to be this way for those with hearing loss. On top of …

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Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss

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

There’s nothing we love to share more than all the wonderful benefits of treating hearing loss. Hearing loss affects more than just our ears – hearing loss essentially affects the person we are. Hearing impairment has an impact on our relationships with our partner and our families, our personal safety, our cognitive and emotional health, and even our earning potential. …

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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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

Unfortunately, there is still a bit of unfounded stigma surrounding hearing loss and the use of hearing aids. This may be why the average American waits about 7 years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek help. During that time, untreated hearing loss can cause some real damage to our mental cognition, our …

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Signs of Hearing Loss

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

If you’re worried about your hearing or the hearing of someone you love, it is important to understand the most common warning signs of hearing loss. Ignoring hearing loss won’t solve the problem; in fact, it could make it much worse. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of depression, social isolation, falling, and even developing dementia. …