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Support an Active Lifestyle with Hearing Aids

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

Are you ready to invest in your hearing health, and get hearing aids? You’ve made a great decision! That’s just the first step in finding the right hearing aids, and you still have a few more steps before you have the perfect fit. This guide will help you find the right hearing aids to support your active lifestyle. Get a Hearing Test The first step in finding the right hearing aids is to get a …

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Hearing Loss and Millennials

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

Most Americans think that hearing loss only affects seniors. It is true that age can affect hearing. However, it’s noise, not age, that’s one of the leading causes of hearing loss! Noise induced hearing loss affects people of all ages, not just seniors. Adults, teens, and even children can have hearing loss from exposure to dangerously loud noise. What Noises Damage Hearing? Noise induced hearing loss is caused by very loud noises in the environment. …

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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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A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Hearing Loss 

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We know the many benefits of healthy eating: disease prevention, enhanced mood, improved cognitive function etc. A healthy diet boosts wellness and is one of the most critical ways we can be proactive about caring for and protecting our health. Healthy eating can significantly reduce the risk of various medical conditions including hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition that older adults experience in the U.S., making it a public …

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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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Studies on Hearing Loss & Injuries

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It is estimated that 50 million people in the U.S, deal with some degree of hearing loss. This problem is most prevalent with seniors as one in three people over 65 deals with hearing loss. Hearing loss puts you at risk for more than not being able to hear clearly. People who struggle to hear often have strained relationships with the people closest to them and also in their professional relationships. This can lead to …

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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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Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

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

There are many causes of hearing damage including advanced age, head trauma and exposure to excessive noise. These aforementioned causes are most often caused by damage to the tiny hair follicles in the inner ear or nerves, which transmit signal to the brain to process. This is the most common type of hearing loss classified as sensorineural hearing loss, which affects the auditory nerve. A sensorineural hearing loss cannot be reversed, only treated with amplification, …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss is described as and invisible disability and affects nearly 48 million people in the U.S. alone. While hearing loss is not rare it can still be hard to come to terms with. If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss you may be wondering if there is a cure. The answer to that question is not strait forward because there are several different types of hearing loss and treatment depends on the …