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Can Air Pollution Affect Our Hearing Abilities?

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

Aging and exposure to loud noise are two of the most common causes of hearing loss. But did you know that air quality can affect your ears as well? Recent research found that air pollution can cause sensorineural hearing loss.  A 2020 Study on Air Pollution and Hearing Abilities Researchers have been looking for links between air pollution and hearing …

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Current & Former Smokers May Be at Higher Risk for Hearing Loss  

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Smoking can be hard on your health in many different ways. Most notoriously, smoking can lead to a variety of types of cancer and is also associated with heart disease. New research is also finding that smoking is connected with a person’s risk of developing hearing loss. Studying data from over 81,000 women reporting to the American Nurses Health Study …

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New Face Masks Can Help Communication

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

With the global COVID-19 pandemic came a huge shift in our public appearances. The ubiquitous face mask helped reduce the spread of the airborne virus and protected essential workers from exposure. Without a doubt, wearing face masks helped reduce viral transmission, especially in indoor settings.  However, face masks do pose a challenge for those who struggle with hearing loss. Speech …

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How Virtual Assistants Can Assist Those with Hearing Loss

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Modern hearing aids represent some amazing breakthroughs in the technology of treating hearing loss. Compact and high-performing digital sound processing delivers a crisp and nuanced audio boost custom programmed to meet the needs of your hearing challenges. Not only are hearing aids better than ever at helping you recover your hearing, modern hearing aids are also built to integrate seamlessly …

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Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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Every May, we are excited to announce the arrival of Better Hearing and Speech Month, an important initiative of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (also known as ASHA). This year, Better Hearing and Speech Month addresses both general education around hearing and speech issues as well as specific concerns that have arisen amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Better Hearing and Speech …

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Signs You May Have Tinnitus

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If you’ve ever experienced the phenomenon of hearing a ringing or other phantom noise in your ear, you are not alone. Perceiving these sounds is called “tinnitus” and it is a very common hearing issue. Around one in three adults have experienced some form of tinnitus, and that rate increases steeply for people with existing hearing loss to an over …

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Studies Show Higher Rates of Hearing Loss for People with Diabetes

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Diabetes is a condition affecting 34 million Americans, just over 1 in every 10 people. With such a high incidence, it is important to understand warning signs and other conditions that are highly correlated with diabetes. Doctors and researchers refer to these conditions as comorbidities—those factors that tend to be higher among people with diabetes. Some of these might be …

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Links between Tinnitus, Hearing Loss & COVID19

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The COVID19 coronavirus has changed global reality in ways we never could have expected. After over a year of social distancing, the highly contagious nature of the virus remains a threat, and public health officials continue to seek the best way to reduce the risks posed by COVDI19. One of the most puzzling features of the virus is the wide …

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A Connection between Hearing Loss, Depression, and Dementia

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Those who study hearing loss discover some surprising connections to other health outcomes. Not only are those who have untreated hearing loss more likely to have physical conditions, such as heart disease and dementia, but they also demonstrate higher rates of mental and cognitive health problems than the general population. Taken one-by-one, hearing loss is correlated with higher rates of …

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How Hearing Loss Treatment Can Lessen Loneliness

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

Hearing loss affects more than just your ears; it can also make you lonelier. That is the conclusion of recent research into the topic. But before we dive into the research, let’s take a look at what we mean by loneliness. What does it mean to be lonely? Loneliness is a subjective feeling that results from the difference between a …