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Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

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

Living with hearing loss can be challenging for everyone. Your loved one with hearing loss has a hard time communicating, and everyone gets a bit frustrated from time to time. Someone with hearing loss spends a lot of energy straining to hear, and despite the effort, they’re often left guessing at what’s being said. This can lead to miscommunications, stress, …

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Why Do Masks Make it Difficult to Communicate?

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

Many find it important for their own health and the health of others to wear a face mask in public, however it does add obstacles in communication for people with and without hearing issues. Masks and Muffled Speech To prevent the spread of COVID-19 a mask must be worn over the nose and mouth, however this can make the words …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

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

The winter holiday season is here in a year undeniably like no other. In this year of unprecedented global pandemic, it is important that we learn to celebrate with safety in mind, which makes virtual gatherings a great option. Virtual seasonal events can still connect us with our loved ones and can even show us innovative ways to stay connected …

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Tips for Watching TV with Hearing Aids

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

Is there anything better than sitting down in front of the TV and enjoying a movie with your family? For those with hearing loss, it might be challenging to do so. With their propensity to crank the volume, fighting over the remote control might be common in houses where one family member has hearing loss. This is an issue not …

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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

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

A natural disaster can occur at any time. Some disasters give a warning, such as a storm preceding a flood. Others, such as earthquakes, give little or no warning. Once a disaster happens, the time to prepare is gone. The best way to cope with a natural disaster is to prepare by having a plan before it strikes. If you …

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4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

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

Of all the forms of hearing loss, only one is 100% preventable. It also happens to be one of the most common. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a type of sensorineural hearing loss. This means it affects the hearing nerves which receive the sound which is carried to the brain. It is caused by either persistent exposure to loud noise …

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss greatly impacts the way that we communicate in the world. We may find that what we used to be able to pick up during normal conversation becomes a challenge. Background noise may distort sounds and make it hard for you to be fully engaged. People with untreated hearing loss may feel heightened stress, frustration, and even anger. They …

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Talking to Kids about Hearing Loss

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

Where ever we go in the world, we will meet someone who are differently-abled. For that reason, it is important to teach young children how to respectfully treat those with different abilities. In a world where people are so often viewed as “the other” or bullied for even the smallest thing like having a bright hair color or dressing a …

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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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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

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

Modern technology, life changes, hearing changes, they all could come together to mean you need updated hearing aids. The best thing to do is schedule an exam and consultation at South Shore Hearing Center and we can help you decide. First, let’s look at a few things. Are your hearing aids doing the job? Hearing aids are exposed to a …