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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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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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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 …

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Hearing Loss Affects More than Your Ears

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

Recent studies have found that many older adults neglect their hearing as the years go by. Indeed, there are many personal reasons for avoiding hearing loss treatment. Perhaps some find it to be an inconvenience to attend to their hearing loss. Others may feel embarrassed by their inability to hear things unassisted. Still others simply don’t want to get older, …

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Patients With Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

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

Hearing loss is part of a complicated vortex of health conditions, and many of these interrelated health issues remain somewhat misunderstood. For instance, although it is statistically demonstrated that hearing loss has a link with dementia, it is unclear how and why this connection exists. Researchers and health care professionals ask themselves if the two conditions simply coexist in older …

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Great Things to Hear This Holiday Season in Boston, MA

In Community, Events, News, Tips & Tricks by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Christmas in Boston transforms the city into a magical wonderland of lights, breathtaking decorations, outstanding holiday concerts, and an abundance of good cheer. So, whether you’re a Boston native or just visiting, the winter season is a perfect time to get out and take in the city at its best. If you want to treat your ears and your senses, …

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Hearing Loss Patients at Higher Risk of Hospital Re-admission

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

You could be spending a lot more time in the hospital than you want if you have untreated hearing loss. Recent studies show that untreated hearing loss may contribute to re-occurring hospital visits. Treating hearing loss brings significant benefits to your overall health and well-being, and the revelations on hospital re-admission give us just one more reason to pay attention …