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Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you have been wearing hearing aids, there is a big chance that you are familiar with buying and replacing batteries regularly. For many, this may just feel like a small chore in exchange for the amazing advantages which hearing aids have to offer, such as improved mood, closer relationships and higher self-esteem.  However, a fairly recent addition to many hearing aids promises to soon become the new standard. Rechargeable hearing aids eliminate the need …

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What to Ask During A Hearing Consultation 

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

Have you found that your relationships have become strained due to communication problems? Do the people in your life seem frustrated because you have to ask them to repeat themselves more often than not? While these are major signs of hearing loss,  you can’t be exactly sure about the status of your hearing  t until you’ve had a hearing exam. Many people put off getting a hearing loss due to denial, procrastination, or they earnestly …

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Building Connections | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) was founded in 1926 in order to advocate for people with communication disabilities and promote consistently higher standards for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science. For nearly a century, ASHA has designated May as Better Hearing and Speech Month (BSHM) in order to raise awareness and promote the importance of treatment for those with communication issues around speech and hearing.  This year’s theme “Building Connections” is …

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Hearing Loss and Sleep

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

Quality sleep is necessary for the body to rest and replenish for the next day. Restful sleep provides the time and space for the body to recoup and have the energy to healthily sustain.   According to the Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night but over 35% of people receive less than this amount. This produces effects that most people are familiar with: fatigue, irritability, reduced ability to concentrate, etc. Chronically experiencing …

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Tips for Earwax Removal

In Ear Health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We are all familiar with the sticky substance that is earwax! But did you know that experts do not recommend using a cotton swab for its removal? Knowing about how to remove earwax may seem obvious but it is often done incorrectly, not enough, or too much. Excess earwax that remains in the ears can produce unpleasant symptoms so knowing how to remove it effectively is helpful for maintaining ear health!  What is Earwax? Also …

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Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers 

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

Taking the steps to treat hearing loss is great! Now more than ever, there is a vast range of hearing aids and other instruments that are designed to provide helpful hearing support. These devices often come with various features and technologies that enhance hearing across all environments. With this wide availability of options, it can be difficult to know which device would be best for your hearing needs. Understanding the differences between hearing instruments is …

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Tinnitus Treatment Options

In Tinnitus by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you have a ringing, whistling, or buzzing sound in your ears? Tinnitus can impact every area of your life. If you live with chronic, persistent tinnitus, you may have a hard time focusing on tasks, enjoying time with your loved ones, and getting a good night’s sleep. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are a number of treatment options to consider. Lifestyle Changes Tinnitus treatment focuses on reducing the severity of tinnitus, …

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Hearing Aids Can Help Single-Sided Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss often affects both your ears. But what happens when you have single-sided hearing loss? Do hearing aids help? The answer is yes! Hearing aids will make a huge difference in how you’ll experience the world around you. If you’ve been putting off treating your hearing loss, here’s why you need to consider hearing aids. Binaural Hearing We naturally have binaural hearing. This just means we hear with both ears. Binaural hearing helps us …

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March 3 is World Hearing Day. Hearing Care for All

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named March 3 as World Hearing Day. It’s an opportunity to talk about hearing loss and hearing health. It’s also a time to connect with policymakers on issues related to hearing loss. These include raising awareness about hearing loss, educating individuals about hearing health, and reminding people that hearing loss affects everyone, regardless of age. The Global Facts About Hearing Loss According to the WHO, 466 million people worldwide …

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The Role of Ears in the Balance System

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Have you ever wondered how we stay upright as we walk through the world? Many of us never ask this question until we begin to have issues with our balance. If the issue isn’t in your legs or joints it often lies in our vestibular system, which is located in the ears. Yes, it is true. If you are having issues with your ears they could be directly affecting how you stay upright and balanced. …