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Communication at Work – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Communication by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Communication is a foundational aspect of how we live. Effective communication is critical for healthy relationships, social engagement, and success in the workplace. One major way communication can be strained is by hearing loss which is the third most common health condition older adults experience. Over 30 million people have some degree of hearing loss in the United States which is at least 14% of the population. This prevalent health condition reduces a person’s ability …

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For Father’s Day, Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family and Relationships, hearing health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Healthy communication is the bedrock of all healthy relationships. Through deep discussions, jokes, stories, and heated arguments, we share ourselves and learn about our loved ones. For many of us, our familial relationships are among the most important. As we approach Father’s Day, which gathers many generations under one roof, we would like to highlight how hearing loss interferes with communication and the importance of seeking treatment for hearing loss. Understanding Hearing Loss For people …

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Communication For All: Better Speech and Hearing Month this May

In Communication, Community, hearing loss, Lifestyle by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Every May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association brings attention to communication issues with Better Speech and Hearing Month. Over the course of four weeks ASHA promotes health awareness initiatives. This year, the motto for Better Speech and Hearing Month is “Communication for All” and at HearCare Rhode Island, we couldn’t agree more.  We’re committed to helping people better understand hearing loss and connect with solutions that improve their lives. Let’s focus on one of this year’s …

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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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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 Dryer Fortunately for everyone, stylish hair doesn’t cause hearing loss – but frequent use …