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Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

In Research by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss that is left untreated can cause personal safety issues. According to studies, certain accidental injuries have been linked to hearing loss. The leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States are accidental injuries. Prevalence and Symptoms of Hearing Loss According to the NIH, one of the most common health concerns that individuals face is hearing loss which affects an estimated 40 Americans over the age of 18. Various other possible causes …

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Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

In Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Not all afflictions in the human body have to be serious. They are serious; learning from past mistakes doesn’t have to be serious. When it comes to hearing loss, people used to do some wacky things to “cure” their condition. Looking back, it’s a miracle science ever figured out a solution for hearing loss. Historical cures are a lesson in human creativity. A lot can be learned from those mistakes; mainly, not to them again. …

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Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in sound delivery to the hearing region in the inner ear, known as the cochlea. The condition can occur as a result of blockage of the ear canal which is a hole in the eardrum. Another reason is maybe due to problems with the three small bones in the ear. Accumulation of fluid between cochlea ad the eardrum can also cause conductive hearing Issues. Signs and …

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Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

What is an ear infection? By definition, an ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that affects the ear. There are two types of ear infections. The most commonly known ear infection is of the outer ear. Better known as swimmer’s ear, this infection occurs when water or blockage sits too long on the ear drum causing bacteria to build up in the ear canal. Here we take a look at ear infections and …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

In Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Ask any child today if they could skip childhood and go straight to adulthood if they would. Nine times out of ten they will answer in the same manner. Skip childhood and streamline to adulthood. Funny thing is we neglect to acknowledge what happens to the body as it ages. The older we get, the harder our senses have to work. One of the primary senses that tends to deplete is our hearing. Hearing loss …

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Healthy Habits to Protect Your Hearing

In Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing is a precious resource! Although there are constantly improving ways to assist hearing if it is lost, the body does not naturally regenerate the tiny hair-like structures of the inner ear where sounds are sensed. These hairs can easily be damaged by exposure to harsh noise, but they also deteriorate due to the natural process of sound exposure through the life course. With such a delicate system in place, it is remarkable that we …

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How Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing Affect Brain Aging

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

Aging is inevitable, but did you know that there are lifestyle changes you can make that can change the way you age? Living a healthy lifestyle can have a remarkable effect on our feeling of general wellbeing, including our mood, energy level, and social relationships. However, that healthy lifestyle could also have a dramatic effect on your ability to retain flexible cognition as you age. A recent report by Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD, an …

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

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

This month, let’s take a moment to acknowledge a condition that affects many people, either personally or through someone they love: Alzheimer’s disease. As we know, this condition is the most common form of dementia, a more general term for cognitive dysfunction that afflicts 50 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease occurs most frequently later in life, but the “early onset” form of the condition can begin among people under the age of 65. The general …

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Why are People Ashamed of Hearing Loss?

In Hearing Loss Impact, Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Due to the stigma of hearing loss, people who struggle with this condition may refrain from seeking treatment, believing that a hearing aid would make them look older or weaker. When hearing loss is left unaddressed, however, it will persist, and it may also lead to cognitive decline, social disengagement, and a variety of serious health issues. In waiting to seek treatment, or perhaps refusing to acknowledge your hearing loss altogether, you are placing both …

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Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

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

Tinnitus involves hearing noise in one or both ears that is not caused by an external sound. Tinnitus is common, but it is not a condition on its own. Rather, it is a symptom of another underlying condition. The noise of tinnitus often sounds like a ringing in the ears, but it can also be buzzing, clicking, roaring or hissing. Although severe tinnitus can interfere with your hearing, the condition does not cause hearing loss. …