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All About Assistive Listening Devices  

In Assistive Listening Devices, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids are often the first step in treating hearing loss. They improve quality of life, reduce health risks associated with untreated hearing loss and facilitate better listening and communication. The performance of hearing aids can be enhanced with the added use of assistive listening systems (ALSs) and assistive listening devices (ALDs). Assistive listening technology amplifies sound from a focused source to improve your clarity and comprehension. Both ALD and ALS work in similar ways …

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A Link Between Gout & Hearing Loss

In hearing health, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Researchers are constantly uncovering more proof that our diet can affect our physical and mental health. Now a recent study has found that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of gout, a frequently occurring form of arthritis and while simultaneously protecting your hearing. What is Gout? Affecting 4% of Americans, and 20% of those whose parents had it. Men are at a higher risk, while gout does not affect the majority of women until …

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Headphones & Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It used to be that if you were a hearing aid user it was difficult to use any kind of headphones. Often the hearing aids of the past were too bulky to fit beneath headphones or that the combination of the two technologies created annoying and distracting feedback.  Today, headphones are part of our lives more than ever before, allowing us to speak on the phone hands free or listen to our favorite music or …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Hearing Tests by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We all can be absent minded now and then but as we age this can actually be signs of a much larger problem. It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s dementia and 80 percent are age 75 or older.  World Alzheimer’s Month is held by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to educate, raise awareness and fight the stigma that surrounds dementia. The hope is that the more people understand this very serious issue, …

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Meditation Could Help Alleviate Tinnitus

In Tinnitus by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Tinnitus, that pesky ringing or buzzing in your ears, isn’t going anywhere. You hear it on your commute to work, when you’re having a quiet conversation, or when you’re trying to sleep at night. Tinnitus can’t be cured, but there are several ways you can manage tinnitus. We’ve seen how meditation can help alleviate tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? If you have a ringing or buzzing in your ears, you’re all too familiar with tinnitus. It’s …

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Support an Active Lifestyle with Hearing Aids

In hearing aids, hearing health, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Are you ready to invest in your hearing health, and get hearing aids? You’ve made a great decision! That’s just the first step in finding the right hearing aids, and you still have a few more steps before you have the perfect fit. This guide will help you find the right hearing aids to support your active lifestyle. Get a Hearing Test The first step in finding the right hearing aids is to get a …

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Hearing Loss and Millennials

In hearing health, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Most Americans think that hearing loss only affects seniors. It is true that age can affect hearing. However, it’s noise, not age, that’s one of the leading causes of hearing loss! Noise induced hearing loss affects people of all ages, not just seniors. Adults, teens, and even children can have hearing loss from exposure to dangerously loud noise. What Noises Damage Hearing? Noise induced hearing loss is caused by very loud noises in the environment. …

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Myths about Hearing Aids

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is a serious condition affecting 48 million people in the US alone. While there is often no way to reverse the effects of hearing loss on your ears, hearing aids have been found to help people hear the sounds they may be missing.  Even so, an estimated 27 million of people who could benefit from using hearing aids choose not to wear them. There are a lot of stigmas and myths around hearing …

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How do Hearing Aids Work?

In hearing aids, hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids have been found over and over again to help combat the negative side effects of hearing loss. From reducing the risk of miscommunication, falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, social isolation and even dementia, hearing aids are essential tools for staying healthy. How exactly do these amazing contraptions work? What is a hearing aid? A hearing aid is a tiny electronic device worn in or behind the ear that supplements for hearing loss, improving speech …

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A Link between Hearing Loss & Second Hand Smoke

In hearing health, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Even after years of scientific evidence that smoking has negative effects on health and longevity, people still choose to smoke. If the risk of lung cancer asthma, heart disease and more isn’t enough to persuade people to avoid smoking, now research is finding that smoking and even second hand smoke can negatively affect your hearing. How tobacco affects hearing loss  When we smoke, the risk of hearing loss climbs faster than many of us would …