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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

In hearing loss, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Winter months can bring extreme blizzards, while the summer, spring and fall can present it’s own inclement weather. A general rule is that if a weather emergency can occur it most likely eventually will.  For many of us, we have spent years dealing with extreme weather, however, for those of us who’s hearing isn’t as sharp as it used to be, these kinds of weather emergencies can bring on a whole new set of challenges.  …

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How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids   

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

Hearing aid users know how important it is to have your devices in proper working order. Hearing aids are an investment in your health, and knowing how to properly care for them is part of getting both the best performance and the longest life out of your devices. Routine care for hearing aids ensures that they are clean and dry and it can catch small issues before they develop into larger ones. Let’s take a …

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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

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

When you get a hearing test your results are formatted as a chart called an “audiogram”. Audiograms show the specific challenges your hearing has, as well as overall patterns in your hearing ability. When your hearing specialist reviews the results with you, they will often tell you the degree of hearing loss present-but what exactly do these different degrees mean- and what can you do about them? One important thing to keep in mind is …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

In Community, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Holiday season is here and we want to wish you and yours a happy and healthy season! This year, family gatherings are going online and celebrating is going to look a little different. If you are planning your first online family gathering, here are a few things to keep in mind for an excellent event everyone can enjoy. Make a Plan, Set a Schedule While it may seem like less planning to stage an online …

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A Link Between Hearing Loss and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million people in the US and is more than just an ear issue. Hearing loss affects how you relate to others, your self confidence, self esteem and physical health. When we can hear and communicate confidently, you can be more likely to succeed in social situations, and in physical activity.  The more active we are, the more our physical and mental health excell. Untreated hearing loss has been connected to …

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Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

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

The world continues to get noisier and noisier! If you live in an urban area the sound of traffic, construction and neighbors can become cacophonous. If you work in a noisy setting like an airport, busy restaurant or even office setting, it can get so loud that your hearing can become damaged over time.  There are so many sources of noise that can damage our hearing and some have become so commonplace in our daily …

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Taking care of your hearing and vision slows cognitive decline by 50-75%

In Mental Health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

As we age many of us have to deal with declining vision and hearing. In fact, age related hearing loss affects one in three, over 65 and half of seniors 75 and older. Similarly, vision is a major issue for many of us as we age, with 12 % of Americans 65 to 74 years of age reporting vision loss having vision loss.  These issues affect how we interact with the world, but did you know that your …

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Hearing Loss Patients At Higher Risk Of Hospital Readmission

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

When people with untreated hearing loss enter the hospital, the stakes can be unusually high. A recent New York University study has found that patients with unaddressed hearing loss were far more likely to be readmitted into the hospital within a month of their initial discharge than patients with normal hearing. This gap in health outcomes is part of the toll hearing loss can extract on personal wellness and hospital readmissions increase costs for both …

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As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored     

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

Hearing loss affects a vast swath of the population – over 40 million Americans live with significant hearing loss and it is the third most common chronic health condition in the country. Despite its prevalence, hearing loss is drastically under-treated with only 20% of those with hearing loss using treatments like hearing aids to manage their disability.  People often ignore changes to their hearing, on average waiting seven years between when they first notice hearing …

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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 …