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Are Two Hearing Aids Better Than One?

Some of us know without a doubt that we have hearing loss in both ears. With similar levels of noise exposure over a lifetime it only makes sense that both ears would suffer similar levels of damage over time. However, others can tell that only one ear has serious hearing loss or that the degrees of hearing loss are quite …

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Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

In the classic science fiction series Hyperion by Dan Simmons, future human beings come into a fraught relationship with artificial intelligence. Without any “spoilers,” the interests of humans and these artificially intelligent beings come into conflict, and future humans are faced with a crisis regarding their continued use of technology and these fictional entities with seemingly infinite information processing potential. …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Loss

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you might know that other problems tend to crop up, as well. Perhaps your loved one is struggling with memory issues, experiencing psychological distress, or struggling to participate in outdoor activities. It is difficult to know if these conditions are related to hearing loss or are simply happening on their own. …

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Athletes and Hearing Loss

Think back to the last time you were at a large sporting event. What was your experience upon leaving? If your team won, surely you left with a feeling of elation and cheer. If your team lost, you might remember walking out feeling disappointed and eager for a rematch.  However, one more sensation is common upon leaving a professional sporting …

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The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

As we get older, it can seem like more of a challenge to engage in social activities. Not only is it a hassle to get to and from events, but our energy can sometimes make it feel like it’s not worth it to attend. As friends and loved ones move away, we might find ourselves hesitant to make new connections …

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When to Take a Hearing Test

For some of us, the need for a hearing test can be undeniable. The strain to make out what is going on in a conversation or in the world might be more than obvious. However, some people, particularly those in the earlier stages of hearing loss, can have limitations they do not even realize. Our minds and bodies are remarkably …

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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss

Healthy diets are linked to countless health benefits. Not only do they help reduce the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer but they are also linked to positive outcomes in mental health, as well. The quality of life benefits of healthy eating are abundant, ranging from shiny hair and strong nails to feeling energetic and mentally focused. …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Loss

If you have hearing loss, it might come as no surprise that it can be related to psychological distress. The pressure to have a conversation with your family and friends in a noisy restaurant might be enough to ruin your good time for the evening. You might even find yourself avoiding these dinners to skip the hassle of straining to …

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Communication At Work: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Last month Alice had a meeting with her supervisor. Her coworkers had been concerned not with her performance at her job, which was excellent, but with her attitude. She had taken to venting her frustrations during work each day, and not only were her coworkers annoyed with the constant negative chatter, they were also concerned for Alice’s own happiness in …

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Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

Acupuncture has been a practice of Chinese medicine, dating as far back as 100 B.C. with claims of treating or relieving symptoms of many diseases, including asthma, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, mild headaches, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, sciatica, stroke, and nausea. If these claims don’t seem promising enough already, providers also claim that acupuncture can also be used to …