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Myths about Hearing Aids

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is a serious condition affecting 48 million people in the US alone. While there is often no way to reverse the effects of hearing loss on your ears, hearing aids have been found to help people hear the sounds they may be missing.  Even so, an estimated 27 million of people who could benefit from using hearing aids choose not to wear them. There are a lot of stigmas and myths around hearing …

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How do Hearing Aids Work?

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

Hearing aids have been found over and over again to help combat the negative side effects of hearing loss. From reducing the risk of miscommunication, falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, social isolation and even dementia, hearing aids are essential tools for staying healthy. How exactly do these amazing contraptions work? What is a hearing aid? A hearing aid is a tiny electronic device worn in or behind the ear that supplements for hearing loss, improving speech …

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Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids 

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic public health epidemic. Impacting millions of people, impaired hearing often occurs gradually, over a long period of time so it can be difficult to notice changes to hearing. This contributes to the under-treatment of hearing loss. There are numerous ways that people commonly overlook or ignore their hearing health. People typically make common excuses for not addressing any hearing loss and buying hearing aids. Not addressing this …

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Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

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

One in eight people in the United States (13 percent, or 30 million) aged 12 years or older live with hearing loss in both ears while roughly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year. Statistics show that about 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids but sadly people often wait 10 years on average before …

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Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

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

Perhaps you’ve begun to notice changes in your hearing, and you are starting to look into your options to treat your hearing loss.  Perhaps you’ve heard of hearing amplifiers, whether it’s been on television commercials or over the counter at the drug store.  While they may seem like a more affordable and conservative and affordable purchase hearing amplifiers are not an effective treatment of hearing loss in the way hearing aids are. While these personal …

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Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids

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

[HearCare RI] Blog #1: Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids Hearing loss occurs with complications in our auditory system, which complicates the way we receive and process sound. Hearing loss can manifest in one ear or it can be recognized as being a loss of hearing in both ears. The latter is the more common type of hearing loss and is referred to as bilateral hearing loss, or BHL. Bilateral …

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Support an Active Lifestyle with Hearing Aids 

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

Today’s hearing aids combine cutting edge sound processing technology with sleek and discrete designs. These modern marvels help people with hearing loss face the challenges of hearing impairment and stay connected to the things that matter most. Hearing aid engineers also recognize that hearing aids have a big job to accomplish – helping you hear your best, no matter where you are and keeping up with your active lifestyle. If you’ve been looking for hearing …

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A Guide to Buying Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids, hearing health, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids are a common solution to hearing loss of all levels, whether it be mild or severe. Wading through the wealth of information on hearing aids can seem a bit overwhelming. There are in fact many factors to consider when it comes time to choose a new hearing aid, or to update the hearing aid style you already use. You will have to consider cost, of course, as well as factors such as your …

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Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Maintenance, hearing aids, hearing health, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Time to hit the water or the golf course for a little summer time fun. Or maybe you’re a tennis or a barbeque person. Get out there and enjoy the season but take a little extra care to avoid damaging your hearing aids. In the winter condensation from inside and outside temperature changes can be damaging. In the summer, it’s moisture, but a different kind. Often, we can repair and do an evaluation on your …

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Going Digital with Your Hearing Aids

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

In previous generations of “analog” non-digital hearing aids sound was processed with a blanket approach. Hearing aids simply increased the size of a sound wave, amplifying it to make it easier to hear. Minimal adjustments could be made to the levels, but sound management still left much to be desired. Just as digital cameras have leapt forward with increasing power and resolution, so has digital sound management. Digital sound can selectively choose what sound waves …