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Conductive Hearing Loss: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a problem in sound delivery to the hearing region in the inner ear, known as the cochlea. The condition can occur as a result of blockage of the ear canal which is a hole in the eardrum. Another reason is maybe due to problems with the three small bones in the ear. Accumulation of fluid between cochlea ad the eardrum can also cause conductive hearing Issues. Signs and …

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How Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing Affect Brain Aging

In Health, hearing loss, Lifestyle by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Aging is inevitable, but did you know that there are lifestyle changes you can make that can change the way you age? Living a healthy lifestyle can have a remarkable effect on our feeling of general wellbeing, including our mood, energy level, and social relationships. However, that healthy lifestyle could also have a dramatic effect on your ability to retain flexible cognition as you age. A recent report by Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD, an …

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Does Tinnitus Cause Hearing Loss?

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

Tinnitus involves hearing noise in one or both ears that is not caused by an external sound. Tinnitus is common, but it is not a condition on its own. Rather, it is a symptom of another underlying condition. The noise of tinnitus often sounds like a ringing in the ears, but it can also be buzzing, clicking, roaring or hissing. Although severe tinnitus can interfere with your hearing, the condition does not cause hearing loss. …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Restored?

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you or a loved one has recently started to experience the effects of hearing loss, you are far from alone in the United States. Across the country, around 15% of adults experience some degree of hearing loss, which adds up to almost 40 million people. Sometimes, depending on your type of hearing loss, your hearing can be restored. While the most common causes of hearing loss are irreversible there are treatments out there that …

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Osteoporosis and Sudden Hearing Loss

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

Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic disorder where bone is broken down faster than the body can replace it. When this happens, your bones become quite weak and are then more prone to being broken. It is a relatively common disorder—it affects around 40 million men and women and, though it affects people of all races, it is particularly common amongst white and Asian women. This leads to bones being structurally weak, and more prone to …

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Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is not only a loss of one single sense. It can appear along with other issues. Sometimes hearing loss is actually symptom or an outcome of another potentially more serious health issue. The issues and ailments that can accompany hearing loss, when simultaneously present and chronic, are called comorbidities. These comorbidities can include physical disorders like heart disease, thyroid disease, and diabetes. They can also include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, …

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Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Sense of Balance

In Health, hearing loss, Lifestyle by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Often as we age, our hearing abilities may naturally decline. This is known as presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. While numerous studies show that untreated hearing aids can improve every aspect of your life did you know that this also includes your balance? Recent studies suggest that older people with hearing loss may find that their balance improves when they use hearing aids. The finding supports the idea that improving hearing in older people with …

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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

In hearing loss, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

With the climate changing, weather we used to rely on is no longer predictable. With the recent devastation caused by the wildfires in California, and the rise in hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes, it can only help and maybe save your life to be prepared. At HearCare RI, we encourage everyone to have an action plan in place for the various emergencies one can face. For people with hearing loss, emergencies can bring extra challenges and …

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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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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Each May, the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) hosts Better Hearing and Speech Month, in an attempt to raise awareness and educate the public on issues related to hearing, speech and language. This year, the theme ASHA has chosen for Better Hearing and Speech Month is “Communication Across the Lifespan”. Communication is the key to healthy relationships, success at work and physical and mental health, It is important for people to know that the …