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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Communication, Ear Health, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Hearing Loss Impact, News, Prevention, Research, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you use headphones when listening to music, movies, and media? Most people do. Since the invention of the Sony Walkman in 1979 headphones have been all the rage, allowing people to listen to what they want, when they want in public, without disturbing others around them. There is no denying that headphones are amazing, but they also come at a risk to our hearing. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion young adults are …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

Do you know someone with hearing loss? You may not even know it. It’s currently estimated that 1 in 8 people (30 million) ages 12 and up suffer from hearing loss in both ears. Not just a condition that only affects the elderly, it’s likely that there is someone in your life struggling through conversations with you. One of the best things a person with a hearing loss can do for themselves is to test …

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How Does Active Noise Canceling Work? 

In hearing health, Hearing Protection, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you love your headphones? Since the introduction of the Sony Walkman in 1979 listening to music and media via headphones has been the rage. However, it is also a major source of hearing loss for younger generations. Commonly considered a condition that affects the elderly, today, 1 in 5 teens experience some form of hearing loss—a rate about 30% higher than it was 20 years ago, in part believed to be caused by the ever-growing …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

A new year rapidly approaches, which means it’s time to make resolutions. Go to the gym, pursue a new creative endeavor, change jobs, save up for a trip – these are all great goals for the new year. If improving your health is on the list, we’ve got a tip for you: prioritize better hearing!   For people aged 50 and above, hearing specialists recommend an annual hearing test, just as you would with an …

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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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Hunters and Hearing Loss

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hunting is a sport that combines knowledge, patience, and skill. However, hunting can also severely damage your hearing if you aren’t properly prepared. Firearms create bursts of sound that instantly cause hearing damage and hearing loss is a common problem for those who use guns for work or recreation. The potential for noise-related hearing loss needs to be taken into account when you engage with any loud activity. It is important to recognize that noise-related …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

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

National Audiology Awareness Month and Protect Your Hearing Month both fall in October. With over 36 million people in the United States suffering from hearing loss, more awareness is critical. Hearing loss is becoming increasingly common among younger generations such as millennials, making it more critical than ever to understand the origins, symptoms, and long-term repercussions of hearing loss, as well as how to protect your hearing. Millennials at risk of hearing loss The revolution …

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Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids’ Ears

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

Hearing damage can be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise (over 80 dB) or by a single loud noise. Because children’s ears are still developing, they are susceptible to hearing loss from sounds that adults would not consider hazardous.  Make an appointment with HearCare RI immediately if you fear your hearing has been compromised or someone in your family has hearing loss. Hand dryers: surprisingly loud Even the most innocuous objects can offer a …

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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 …