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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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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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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

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

When we think of hearing loss, sometimes the more profound forms come to mind first. At the furthest extreme, some people are diagnosed with hearing loss so profound that they are unable to hear very loud sounds above 80 decibels, such as a lawn mower, food blender, or motorcycle. However, the subtler of hearing loss are much more pervasive and …