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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 …

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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss

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

It is common to have hearing loss as we age but not necessarily inevitable. If you could go back and wear ear protection at every concert and sporting event you attended, and never exposed yourself to loud noise that would be a dream. Fortunately, there are ways to preserve the hearing you still have simply by being conscience about what food you choose to eat. Not only does a healthy diet affect everything from heart …

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New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Hearing Tested

In hearing health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Treatment by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

2020 is upon us and with this New Year brings new resolutions to ring in the decade.  Maybe you plan on going on more trips or more time with friends and family.  Maybe this year brings the resolution to get back into that hobby you’ve always wanted to explore.  What ever your resolutions for the new years are, it will take healthy hearing to make that dream a reality.  Perhaps you don’t see at first …

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Hearing Loss in the Workplace

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

While approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss 60 percent are either in the workplace or an educational setting. While work and school can be challenging, the workday will present an extra set of hurtles for hearing impaired employees. The hurdles of the hearing impaired in the workplace Conversations with colleagues, and the concentration needed for communication during the day demand extra energy, potentially affecting both your mood and work efficiency. This …

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Start the Year Off Right with an Annual Hearing Test

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

Its resolution time! Maybe you are going to try and hit the gym more, take a hydro-exercise class at the pool, eat healthy, absorb a little more cultural activities or devote yourself to a little more “me” time. Whatever the resolution, resolve to take a step towards better hearing with an annual hearing test at HearCare Rhode Island. These are just some of the reasons why it’s a great idea! Hearing loss creeps up on …

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Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

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

Sudden changes to your hearing can be alarming. If you’ve been hearing fine one day and feel like sounds around you are muffled the next day, it can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. You might wonder just how common sudden hearing loss is, and what you can do about it. What is Sudden Hearing Loss? Hearing loss is often a gradual process, where the sounds in your environment, unsafe listening practices, or the natural aging process …