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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 …

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A Link between Tinnitus, Anxiety, and Sleep

In Tinnitus by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is an issue which begins with the ears, but it quickly ripples out to affect nearly every aspect of our life. That is because hearing loss fundamentally is a communication issue, affecting how we connect to others and inherently to ourselves. Even beyond communication hurdles is tinnitus—a phantom sound which often presents itself and can at times feel unescapable. That is because tinnitus has no external source, but your own mind. It can …

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Adults with Hearing Loss at Higher Risk for Unemployment

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It’s estimated that hearing loss affects one in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older in both ears, and its effects are often greatly underestimated. What starts as an ear issue, if unaddressed can impede daily conversation, put a strain on the most solid relationships in your life, cause chronic depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and increase the risk of accidents leading to hospitalization. Despite the severity of …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Loss

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

While hearing loss is an ear issue, its effects are often underestimated. What begins with common misunderstandings often escalates into feelings of chronic depression, social anxiety, and isolation. Over time, if unaddressed hearing loss can amplify into mobility issues and cognitive decline increasing the risk of dementia. Recent research has highlighted that untreated hearing loss can contribute to memory loss and psychological distress.  Memory Loss, & Psychological Distress Psychological distress refers to non-specific symptoms of stress, …

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Athletes and Hearing Loss

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Remember the last time you were at a big sporting event. It’s not only the thrill of the game but the cheering fans, the booming music when your team scores that create the experience. It can also be a huge risk for your ears. If you’ve ever left the stadium with ringing in your ears, then unfortunately it means you’ve sustained some hearing loss. Understanding Decibels Sound is measured in decibels. When a sound reaches …