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Tips for Video Calls if You Have a Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

A lot has changed in our world since 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread. Jobs that were commonly done from an office setting were suddenly being done remotely. This means that for many of us, we are now logging into our computers for office meetings, which used to be held in person. There are plenty of benefits to working from home. You can avoid the commute, save on gas, and have your lunch …

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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Communication, Ear Health, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Hearing Loss Impact, News, Prevention, Research, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you use headphones when listening to music, movies, and media? Most people do. Since the invention of the Sony Walkman in 1979 headphones have been all the rage, allowing people to listen to what they want, when they want in public, without disturbing others around them. There is no denying that headphones are amazing, but they also come at a risk to our hearing. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion young adults are …

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Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

In Hearing Aid Maintenance, Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you’ve recently purchased a new set of hearing aids then you know what an investment they can be. Hearing aids can improve your quality of life, increasing mobility, your relationships, and your cognitive performance. Hearing aids are an investment that will last you for years. On average today’s hearing aids will last an individual 5 to 7 years, but you can get more out of them when you take care of them. Here are …

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How Do Hearing Loops Work?

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

Have you been recently diagnosed with hearing loss? Most people wait seven to ten years to deal with a hearing loss – but now that you have a diagnosis you can finally act! The most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids, however, this can be an overwhelming decision for many. With so many styles and features available in modern hearing aids, it can be difficult to choose which one will be right for …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

Do you know someone with hearing loss? You may not even know it. It’s currently estimated that 1 in 8 people (30 million) ages 12 and up suffer from hearing loss in both ears. Not just a condition that only affects the elderly, it’s likely that there is someone in your life struggling through conversations with you. One of the best things a person with a hearing loss can do for themselves is to test …

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How Does Active Noise Canceling Work? 

In hearing health, Hearing Protection, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you love your headphones? Since the introduction of the Sony Walkman in 1979 listening to music and media via headphones has been the rage. However, it is also a major source of hearing loss for younger generations. Commonly considered a condition that affects the elderly, today, 1 in 5 teens experience some form of hearing loss—a rate about 30% higher than it was 20 years ago, in part believed to be caused by the ever-growing …

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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

In Ear Health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Does earwax drive you nuts? It builds up around your ear and gets stuck on your earbuds and while no one always wants to do it, it’s nice to keep your ears clean. However, there’s a wrong way and a right way to clean your ears safely Avoid Cotton Swabs While it was a standard of the past to use a cotton swab to clean your ears, in retrospect it is a dangerous method. In …

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Seeking Hearing Loss Treatment Could Help Prevent or Delay Dementia

In Dementia & Alzheimer's by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It’s common to become forgetful as we grow old. In our mid-40s to 50 our cognitive function starts to slow down a bit. However, if you find yourself becoming increasingly forgetful or having issues completing processes that you’ve done for years, it could signal dementia. Dementia is a neurodegenerative condition that affects two or more brain functions such as your thinking, memory, or language.  It is estimated that approximately 24 million people have dementia today, with 4·6 …

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Tips for Virtual Communication from People with Hearing Loss

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you work from home? The concept in the US used to be a bit rarer. Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is common. Jobs that were previously never thought of as tasks performed from home are now commonly done remotely. This changes office and workplace culture as well as expands people’s flexibility of where they can live and where they can travel to. However, working from home does present some added …

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you have hearing loss? If so, you are part of an ever-growing population living with this disability. It’s estimated that around 50 million people in the US alone live with hearing loss and due to misinformation around listening safety, this number continues to grow. Hearing loss makes it difficult to connect to the people in your life when you are out in busy places with multiple conversations and sometimes inside your own home.  Do …