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Hypothyroidism & Hearing Loss

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

There are many reasons you could be feeling cold while other people seem fine or feel fatigue and weight gain. However, it is important to understand that these are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also known as or an underactive thyroid affects approximately 20 million people or Nearly 5 out of 100 Americans ages 12 years and up. It occurs when there is an underproduction of the hormone, thyroxine, which can decrease metabolism. Some of the common …

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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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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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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. …

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Osteoporosis and Hearing Loss

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

If you are dealing with osteoporosis, then there is a lot of added care you may do for your body already. Aside from making sure to get plenty of exercise, eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and avoiding heavy drinking or smoking to keep your bones healthy, now studies are suggesting that you should also monitor your hearing health closely. growing research suggests a link between this chronic bone density disease and …

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All About Ototoxic Hearing Loss

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

Many medications are designed to help us with specific ailments and continue to become more advanced. However even the most helpful and essential medications can have unexpected side effects. It is important to be aware of these side effects before you begin any new medication so you can weigh the benefits of the medication with the risk. Certain medications are considered ototoxic, meaning that they have the potential to damage hearing permanently.  Symptoms of Ototoxic …