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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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How to Prevent Swimmers Ear

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

Now that summer time has arrived and temperatures are heating up, no doubt you and your family are on the look out for swimming pools, lakes, rivers and beaches to beat the heat. While the water is fun and relaxing it’s important to practice proper ear care hygiene to prevent the onset of swimmer’s ear. Below we discuss more about swimmer’s ear, how to prevent this common condition, and the best swimmer’s ear treatment. What …

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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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Hearing loss patients at higher risk of hospital readmission

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

If you have hearing loss, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day. You struggle to communicate with your family during breakfast, narrowly avoid an accident on the way to work since you didn’t hear the warning honk from the car in your blind spot, and have a difficult time following the conversation during the weekly staff meeting. You get home from work exhausted, and cancel your evening plans with friends, …

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The Growing Problem of Noise Pollution

In hearing loss causes, Lifestyle, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We’ve gotten so used to traffic, technology alerts, manufacturing noise that can be heard outside the facility that it just seems a natural part of the urban environment. But those sounds are referred to by many as part of the urban plague and there are growing concerns about the problems associated with noise pollution. If you have concerns your hearing may be harmed because of noise pollution, schedule a hearing evaluation at HearCare. Everyday noise …

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Support an Active Lifestyle with Hearing Aids 

In Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids, Lifestyle by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Today’s hearing aids combine cutting edge sound processing technology with sleek and discrete designs. These modern marvels help people with hearing loss face the challenges of hearing impairment and stay connected to the things that matter most. Hearing aid engineers also recognize that hearing aids have a big job to accomplish – helping you hear your best, no matter where you are and keeping up with your active lifestyle. If you’ve been looking for hearing …

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Invest in Better Headphones to Help Prevent Hearing Los

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

Listening to music on the go has become an exciting innovation in music technology. Anywhere you go you probably witness people with earbuds or larger headphones creating the soundtrack to their lives. Although headphones bring music into our lives as we travel through the day, they also come with some risks. Some headphones can contribute to hearing loss through loud volumes and prolonged exposure to noise. One of the greatest risks of headphones is the …

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A Guide to Buying Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology, hearing aids, hearing health, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids are a common solution to hearing loss of all levels, whether it be mild or severe. Wading through the wealth of information on hearing aids can seem a bit overwhelming. There are in fact many factors to consider when it comes time to choose a new hearing aid, or to update the hearing aid style you already use. You will have to consider cost, of course, as well as factors such as your …

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

In Health, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Research by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Most people don’t realize how intricately linked your sense of hearing is to other parts of your life. When hearing loss is left untreated it takes a large toll on our total health affecting everything from coordination to quality of life to mental health. Hearing loss has long been linked to increased risk of depression, anxiety and even dementia. Now, research is underway to see if hearing loss is linked to the neurotransmitter dopamine and …

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Communication For All: Better Speech and Hearing Month this May

In Communication, Community, hearing loss, Lifestyle by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Every May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association brings attention to communication issues with Better Speech and Hearing Month. Over the course of four weeks ASHA promotes health awareness initiatives. This year, the motto for Better Speech and Hearing Month is “Communication for All” and at HearCare Rhode Island, we couldn’t agree more.  We’re committed to helping people better understand hearing loss and connect with solutions that improve their lives. Let’s focus on one of this year’s …