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The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Inside jokes with loved ones, lunch with friends, and even going to a party every now and then, is not only fun, but essential for our health. Humans are social by nature. It helps us feel connected, engaged in life, and helps give us a greater sense of purpose. Socializing not only staves off feelings of loneliness, but aids in keeping our memory sharp, our minds quick and can aid in increasing a general sense of …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

A new year rapidly approaches, which means it’s time to make resolutions. Go to the gym, pursue a new creative endeavor, change jobs, save up for a trip – these are all great goals for the new year. If improving your health is on the list, we’ve got a tip for you: prioritize better hearing!   For people aged 50 and above, hearing specialists recommend an annual hearing test, just as you would with an …

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Can Nutrients Support Better Hearing?

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

A well-balanced diet is one of the most critical factors in maintaining good health. Doctors tell us to cut back on sugars and fats and incorporate more whole foods into our diets as we get older. Heart disease and arthritis are the two most common medical conditions in the US; both conditions can be managed with changes in our diet.  With hearing loss as the third most common medical condition, it may not surprise that …

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Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

One of the most prevalent medical concerns that older persons face is hearing loss. Hearing loss affects almost one out of every eight persons. Even though hearing loss is a public health crisis, it is undertreated. Hearing aids could assist around 29 million persons in the United States, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. People use a variety of justifications to postpone dealing with their hearing loss. The following are …

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All About Hearing Protection

In hearing loss, Prevention, Tinnitus by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We’re often surrounded by very loud sounds. Work, hobbies, and other activities can all include dangerously loud noise that can damage our hearing. This leads to hearing loss, tinnitus, and difficulty following conversations with loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to learn all about hearing protection.  How Loud Are the Sounds Around You?  Before you can choose the right hearing protection, you need to know how loud the sounds around you actually are. Some …

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Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry

In Hearing Aid Maintenance, hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids are a big investment, so you want them to last. One of the best things you can do to maintain your hearing aids is to keep them dry. If you clean and dry your hearing aids every day, you’ll enjoy better sound quality, fewer repairs, and a longer return on your investment.  Moisture Damaged Hearing Aids It’s no surprise that moisture damages your hearing aids. Just like your smartphone, hearing aids aren’t a …

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Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

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

Diabetes is a worldwide problem affecting 34.2 million people or 10.5 percent of the population in the United States alone. However, worldwide this chronic health condition affects one in 10 people, particularly in low to middle-income countries where 4 out 5 cases occur (84%). This is due in part to less access to healthy food and urbanization which has led to less activity.  This has many implications for national and world health as many with …

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Are Two Hearing Aids Better Than One?

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you have recently received a hearing loss diagnosis, you are probably learning a lot, very quickly, about how hearing loss is best treated – and trying to find the best options for your needs. One question we frequently hear from people is whether it is truly necessary to get hearing aids as a set of two, or if getting one hearing aid can perform just as well while costing less.  More often than not, …

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Hunters and Hearing Loss

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hunting is a sport that combines knowledge, patience, and skill. However, hunting can also severely damage your hearing if you aren’t properly prepared. Firearms create bursts of sound that instantly cause hearing damage and hearing loss is a common problem for those who use guns for work or recreation. The potential for noise-related hearing loss needs to be taken into account when you engage with any loud activity. It is important to recognize that noise-related …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

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

National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month both fall in October. With over 36 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss, more awareness is critical. Hearing loss is becoming increasingly common among younger generations such as millennials, making it more critical than ever to understand the origins, symptoms, and long-term repercussions of hearing loss, as well as how to protect your hearing. Millennials at risk of hearing loss The revolution …