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Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids 

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic public health epidemic. Impacting millions of people, impaired hearing often occurs gradually, over a long period of time so it can be difficult to notice changes to hearing. This contributes to the under-treatment of hearing loss. There are numerous ways that people commonly overlook or ignore their hearing health. People typically make common excuses for not addressing any hearing loss and buying hearing aids. Not addressing this …

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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss 

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We know the many benefits of healthy eating: disease prevention, enhanced mood, improved cognitive function etc. A healthy diet boosts wellness and is one of the most critical ways we can be proactive about caring for and protecting our health. Healthy eating can significantly reduce the risk of various medical conditions including hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition that older adults experience in the U.S., making it a public …

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Communication at Work – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Communication by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Communication is a foundational aspect of how we live. Effective communication is critical for healthy relationships, social engagement, and success in the workplace. One major way communication can be strained is by hearing loss which is the third most common health condition older adults experience. Over 30 million people have some degree of hearing loss in the United States which is at least 14% of the population. This prevalent health condition reduces a person’s ability …

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

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

Hearing loss affects 466 million people worldwide and yet there is no cure for most cases. Hearing loss from old age or exposure to harmful noise is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. This hearing loss occurs when the tiny hairs or nerves in the inner ear responsible for transmitting sound information to the brain become damaged, impeding hearing. There is no proven way as of yet, to reverse sensorineural hearing loss, only treatments like …

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Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It is estimated that 50 million people in the U.S, deal with some degree of hearing loss. This problem is most prevalent with seniors as one in three people over 65 deals with hearing loss. Hearing loss puts you at risk for more than not being able to hear clearly. People who struggle to hear often have strained relationships with the people closest to them and also in their professional relationships. This can lead to …

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Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

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

Today hearing aids are recognized as the standard in treating hearing loss. But what did people do before hearing aids were developed? It has been a long journey of trial and error to arrive at modern hearing aids. Let us explore some attempted hearing solutions of the day. Some of them brought us closer to modern hearing aid solutions while many did not. Early attempts to restore hearing Starting as early as the 13th century, …

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Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

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

There are many causes of hearing damage including advanced age, head trauma and exposure to excessive noise. These aforementioned causes are most often caused by damage to the tiny hair follicles in the inner ear or nerves, which transmit signal to the brain to process. This is the most common type of hearing loss classified as sensorineural hearing loss, which affects the auditory nerve. A sensorineural hearing loss cannot be reversed, only treated with amplification, …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is described as and invisible disability and affects nearly 48 million people in the U.S. alone. While hearing loss is not rare it can still be hard to come to terms with. If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss you may be wondering if there is a cure. The answer to that question is not strait forward because there are several different types of hearing loss and treatment depends on the …

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Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

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

Hearing loss is a condition that affects approximately 48 million people in the U.S. alone. Admitting you have a problem, and seeking a diagnosis is often the first step in finding relief for this condition. There are three types of hearing loss, which are treated in different ways. Types of Hearing Loss Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, occurring when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are damaged, often …

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How Untreated Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

People tend to spend a large portion of their life working. For a lot of people their job becomes something that they take pride in, are passionate about and becomes part of their identity. In 2010, an estimated 16 million people with hearing loss were employed in the United States. The scary thing to realize is that if you are living with untreated hearing loss it could seriously affect your success in the work. Studies …