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How Quitting Smoking & Lowering Blood Pressure Could Support Healthy Hearing

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

Even for those who take their health seriously, hearing loss is often underestimated. What was once thought of as an ear issue has in recent years been identified as a key factor in the reduced quality of relationships, and chronic emotional issues including depression, anxiety, loneliness, and social isolation? In addition, hearing loss is now been strongly linked to a less active lifestyle, cognitive decline, dementia, and a greater risk of accidents leading to hospitalization. …

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How a Heart-Healthy Diet Supports Better Hearing

In Health, hearing health, Lifestyle, Research by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Food can bring people together and give you a chance to explore culinary craft and creativity, but beyond the social aspects, food is the fuel that keeps us living. The nutrients in food supports all aspects of our health, affecting skin, teeth, healthy heart, energy levels, and mood. A lesser-known fact is that eating health can also support your hearing. In fact, a recent study shows that a healthy diet supports better hearing. Let’s explore …

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Can Nutrients Support Better Hearing?

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

A well-balanced diet is one of the most critical factors in maintaining good health. Doctors tell us to cut back on sugars and fats and incorporate more whole foods into our diets as we get older. Heart disease and arthritis are the two most common medical conditions in the US; both conditions can be managed with changes in our diet.  With hearing loss as the third most common medical condition, it may not surprise that …

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Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

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

Diabetes is a worldwide problem affecting 34.2 million people or 10.5 percent of the population in the United States alone. However, worldwide this chronic health condition affects one in 10 people, particularly in low to middle-income countries where 4 out 5 cases occur (84%). This is due in part to less access to healthy food and urbanization which has led to less activity.  This has many implications for national and world health as many with …

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Hearing Aids Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy

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

We all know that a healthy diet and regular exercise can do wonders for many areas of your life, but studies are finding that using hearing aids offers similar benefits to your wellbeing. Research has shown that people who treat their hearing loss with hearing aids earn more, are physically healthier, and have a better quality of life than those living with untreated hearing loss. How can so much hinge on your hearing? Your hearing …

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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

In Dementia & Alzheimer's, Health, hearing health, hearing loss, Hearing Tests by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and so our attention draws to Alzheimer’s Disease, a devastating cognitive disorder with mysterious causes. Although more and more research is being devoted to this condition, many of the causes remain elusive to scientists. The symptoms are well known, as is the degenerative nature of the disorder. And we have yet to discover a cure or a failsafe preventative measure to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the disease. …

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Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

In Dementia & Alzheimer's, Family and Relationships, Health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Hearing Loss Impact, Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Comorbidities is an intimidating-sounding term that is used to indicate when a health condition has other health concerns that often manifest alongside it. A testament to how all the systems in the body are connected, the frequency of comorbidities is often an indicator of cause and effect relationships in one’s health.  Hearing loss can seem like such a singular health concern it can be hard to understand that, like many other chronic health conditions, it …

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Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

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

There are many causes of hearing damage including advanced age, head trauma and exposure to excessive noise. These aforementioned causes are most often caused by damage to the tiny hair follicles in the inner ear or nerves, which transmit signal to the brain to process. This is the most common type of hearing loss classified as sensorineural hearing loss, which affects the auditory nerve. A sensorineural hearing loss cannot be reversed, only treated with amplification, …

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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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Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss

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

Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic disorder where bone is broken down faster than the body can replace it. When this happens, your bones become quite weak and are then more prone to being broken. It is a relatively common disorder—it affects around 40 million men and women and, though it affects people of all races, it is particularly common amongst white and Asian women. This leads to bones being structurally weak, and more prone to …