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The Effects of Hearing Loss on Daily Life

In hearing health, hearing loss, Signs & Symptoms by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Our sense of hearing is always on, sending us information about the world around us, helping us communicate and connect with others. When you experience hearing loss, the effects ripple throughout your life. Our hearing ability impacts how we perform at work and hearing loss can limit enjoyment of family time and leisure activities.  If left untreated, hearing loss has been shown to impact out quality of life and mental health. The good news is, …

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Oticon’s OPN Can Help Your Fitness Goals in the New Year

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

Have you made any new year’s resolutions for 2018? Did you include resolutions about your health, like going the gym more, getting active, or eating healthier? If you want to get in shape this year, and make improvements to your health, why not take a look at your hearing health as well! Hearing loss affects far more than your ability to hear in conversations. If you can’t hear, your relationships suffer, you risk developing depression …

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Connecting with Family Members with Hearing Loss This Holiday Season

In Communication, Family and Relationships, hearing aids, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

The holidays are often thought of as bright and cheerful times, but there can also be a sense of profound loneliness during this time, too. Seasonal depression sets in for many as our sunlight hours decrease dramatically. Many people also seem to feel the loss of loved ones more deeply. And some people simply don’t like the pressure that comes along with the holiday season. There’s a deeper reason that people with hearing loss often …

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Best New Hearing Aids of 2017: Oticon OPN, Phonak Audeo B-R, Signia Cellion Primax

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

The way that technology has impacted and upgraded the hearing aid industry over the past few decades doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. In fact, it seems that new capabilities and next-generation models appear on the market every day. With such a smorgasbord to choose from, how can you narrow it down to the perfect hearing aid for you? Which trends are worth investing in and which are a flash in the pan? …

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This Holiday Season Give Yourself the Gift of Hearing

In Family and Relationships, hearing aids, hearing loss, Hearing Tests by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss affects about 20% of the population in the US, but it is undertreated. In fact, only one in five people who experience hearing loss and could benefit from using hearing aids to treat their hearing loss actually do. For many people, learning to “adapt” to their changing hearing abilities might seem like it’s a good thing to do, but the reality is, pretending to hear is not helpful. Furthermore, for people who do experience …

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Tips for Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Community, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, News by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, with Thanksgiving just about a week away. As with most holidays, Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with family and loved ones. For those of us with hearing loss, it may bring up a few stressors due to the busy-ness and noise of the festivities. Here, we offer a few tips for enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with hearing loss – both for those who experience hearing loss and those …

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6 Habits That May be Harming Your Hearing

In Communication, Community, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, News, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

When it comes to understanding hearing damage, most people know that they should protect their hearing in when loud environments. While that’s certainly true, many things that harm our hearing go unrecognized – so oftentimes people don’t even realize their hearing could be impacted. Here are 6 common behaviors that can result in permanent hearing damage.Habit #1: Using a Hair DryerFortunately for everyone, stylish hair doesn’t cause hearing loss – but frequent use of loud …

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How Healthy Hearing Supports Healthy Brain Function

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

November marks National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and here at Hear Care Rhode Island, we want to draw attention both to this devastating disease and its relation to our specialty, hearing loss. While it is commonly thought that hearing loss happens in the ears, the reality is that our auditory processing happens in the brain. Our ears do play an important part in the process – but the majority of how we receive and recognize sound …

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Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

In Family and Relationships, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

As our loved ones age, it is common to transition into a life at a nursing home or long-term care facility. Whether it’s a parent or spouse, supporting a love one living in a nursing home can be challenging for everyone. For those of you who have loved ones with hearing loss living in a nursing home, here are a few tips to ease the transition in the nursing home, and find the best way …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

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

Hearing loss is a problem that bleeds beyond daily life and can have a significant impact on emotional well-being. And it’s particularly important to recognize in light of the huge number of people that experience impaired hearing. Approximately 15% of Americans over the age of 18 reports some degree of hearing loss. That means more than 37 million people in our country not only navigate the day-to-day troubles of life with hearing loss, but their …