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Exposure to Loud Noise During a Work Shift Can Harm Your Hearing

We don’t always want to go to work but it’s how we feed ourselves and support our families. In the best case scenario, our work even defines us and inspires what we do. Regardless, most Americans spend a large portion of their life working – eight hours or more, often five days a week, year-round. With this often comes exposure …

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How Prevalent is Hearing Loss in the US?

Do you have hearing loss? You may and not even know it. Hearing loss is more prevalent in the US than many of us would suspect. Not only is it common but often misunderstood. It’s important to understand how hearing loss works, how to prevent it and what to do if you are one of the many Americans who deal …

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If I Can Still Hear, Is It OK to Put Off Getting Hearing Aids?

If you are in your 40’s or 50’s you may be experiencing the first signs of hearing loss. It can begin with struggling to hear a family member when they are talking in the other room. You may find the need to turn up the volume on the TV, or have receptionists or waiters repeat themselves especially if you’re in …

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What Does It Mean to Have “Normal” Hearing?

In the world of hearing loss we refer often to the idea of normal hearing. The definition of normal is “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern. When referring to humans, we often like to celebrate our diversity, however the idea of normal hearing is used as a base line reference by audiologists to determine the degree and severity …

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OCCUPATIONAL HEARING HAZARDS

Have you ever noticed your ears ring or hum at the end of a workday? Do you have to raise your voice or shout to talk to someone within 3 feet of you? Has your hearing ever faded temporarily after leaving work? These are all signs that you have been exposed to loud noises at the workplace. For most of …

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Preparing for Your Hearing Test

So you’ve chosen to get your hearing tested! Maybe you were already diagnosed with hearing loss years ago but you’re not hearing like you used to with your current hearing aids. Maybe you’ve noticed that you struggle to carry on conversations in restaurants or other public places. Maybe you’ve been getting noise complaints from your neighbors about the television being …

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A Link Between Migraines, Tinnitus & Hearing Loss

If you suffer from migraines, you know how excruciating they can be. Migraines are not normal headaches! They are neurological diseases that involve nerve pathways and chemicals. Changes in brain activity affect blood in the brain and surrounding tissues, and can cause a range of symptoms including severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, often on one side of the …

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Study on Dreams in People with Hearing Impairments

Some people go all places while they sleep and wake up the next day with vivid memories of all the places they’ve traveled while others awake without any memory at all. For those who remember, they might not only remember the often seemingly nonsensical string of events, but emotions, feelings, sights, smells, and sounds. It’s common to hear voices, ambient …

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New Studies on Hearing Loss and Dementia

Do you have hearing loss? If you have been ignoring it could be far worse than simple misunderstandings. Unaddressed hearing loss can lead to a wide range of symptoms from chronic depression, loss of self-esteem, a higher risk of accidents leading to hospitalization, and cognitive decline. If this wasn’t alarming already, several significant studies have found a strong link between …