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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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A Link between Hearing Loss & Second Hand Smoke

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

Even after years of scientific evidence that smoking has negative effects on health and longevity, people still choose to smoke. If the risk of lung cancer asthma, heart disease and more isn’t enough to persuade people to avoid smoking, now research is finding that smoking and even second hand smoke can negatively affect your hearing. How tobacco affects hearing loss  When we smoke, the risk of hearing loss climbs faster than many of us would …

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A Link between Hearing Loss & Cardiovascular Disease

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

The more we learn about hearing loss the more we realize that it is connected to every aspect of our total health. To maintain healthy hearing it is important to take care of every aspect of your health. Dangers of heart disease Heart disease is also referred to as cardiovascular disease and is used to describe any condition that involves narrowed or blocked blood vessels. When heart disease advances it can lead to a heart …

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Household Items That Could Damage Your Hearing

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

From chirping birds to our favorite song on the radio, there are so many amazing sounds for our ears to take in everyday. Even so, with sound, there can be too much of a good thing. When sounds exceed safe listening levels they can cause our ears damage that is irreversible. The thing is we may not realize the sounds around us everyday that can gradually lead to hearing loss. Noise Induced Hearing Loss Noise …

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Tips for Better Hearing in Noise

In hearing health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It is common for hearing loss to appear gradually, even without our awareness. In many instances it is our ability to hear in noisy situations that declines first. Even if we can still hear fine in quiet places we may struggle to single out voices in crowds and noisy environments. When immersed in noise, the excess sound can mask the finer sounds of speech. Certain pitches and frequencies that help us interpret conversation may be …

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Acupuncture for Hearing Loss & Tinnitus: Does it Really Work?

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

Hearing loss affects 466 million people worldwide and yet there is no cure for most cases. Hearing loss from old age or exposure to harmful noise is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. This hearing loss occurs when the tiny hairs or nerves in the inner ear responsible for transmitting sound information to the brain become damaged, impeding hearing. There is no proven way as of yet, to reverse sensorineural hearing loss, only treatments like …

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Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

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

Today hearing aids are recognized as the standard in treating hearing loss. But what did people do before hearing aids were developed? It has been a long journey of trial and error to arrive at modern hearing aids. Let us explore some attempted hearing solutions of the day. Some of them brought us closer to modern hearing aid solutions while many did not. Early attempts to restore hearing Starting as early as the 13th century, …

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Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

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

Hearing loss is a condition that affects approximately 48 million people in the U.S. alone. Admitting you have a problem, and seeking a diagnosis is often the first step in finding relief for this condition. There are three types of hearing loss, which are treated in different ways. Types of Hearing Loss Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, occurring when the inner ear nerves and hair cells are damaged, often …

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A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

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

As the world becomes more connected through the Internet, we can achieve more faster than ever before. Our friends, family and work are often just a few clicks away. The amount of information at our fingertips is an empowering thing but this level of connectivity can be equally overwhelming. The amount of choices out there can cause some people extreme stress and fatigue. The fight or flight response to humans as a species has been …

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The Benefits of Being Social for Older Americans

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

Humans require social interaction to stay healthy in every aspect of our lives. Research shows that having a strong network of support and community creates both emotional and physical health. Over the years, there have been a number of studies showcasing the relationship between social support and the quality of physical and psychological health. In fact, the National Institute on Aging says research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks of high blood …