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A Connection between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

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

When it comes to your hearing health, some causes of hearing loss seem pretty obvious. Everyone knows that extremely loud noises can cause hearing loss, and that age slowly wears away at your hearing. But there are many causes of hearing loss you might not know about, and if you’re one of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, your hearing may be at risk. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that affects insulin …

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Patients With Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

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

Do you struggle to hear, and have difficulty communicating with family, friends, and colleagues? If you’ve been living with untreated hearing loss, you might not be too keen on seeking treatment. Like many Americans, you think struggling through a few conversations doesn’t seem too bad, and you don’t want to invest in hearing devices. But would you change your mind if you knew that those with untreated hearing loss incur high health care costs, and …

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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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Musician Huey Lewis Cancels 2018 Tour due to Hearing Loss

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

Huey Lewis is the lead singer, songwriter and harmonica player of the band Huey Lewis and the News. Huey Lewis and the News is a pop rock band based out of San Francisco, who had a string of extremely successful singles through the eighties and early nineties.  The band was most well known for their retro throwback feel and Huey’s distinctive voice. Their most successful album, Sports, was released in 1983 and during this month …

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People with Hearing Loss are at Higher Risk for Accidents

In Health, hearing health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Impact, News by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Our physical abilities to navigate the world around us greatly depend on the clarity of our hearing. Our awareness of our surroundings diminishes in proportion to the fullness of our hearing. When we lose our hearing, especially when this occurs gradually, we lose our ability to track those small, light, ambient noises that we hear every day, even if we don’t notice that we do. These sounds include the noises our pets make as they …

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Train Your Brain to Stave Off Hearing Loss

In hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Hearing Tests, News by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

As we learn more and more about the human brain, it’s intricacies and processes become even more remarkable. For a very long time, it was believed that our brains were pliant only as children and that their pathways became permanent as we aged. Certainly, we believed that older adults were incapable of changing the ways that their brains functioned. After all, we’ve all heard the saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” …

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Hearing Aid Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

In hearing aids, hearing loss, News, Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

As technology continues to advance at seemingly light speeds, a buffet of assistive listening devices continue to appear. Back in the day, the introduction of the digital signal process chip in the 1980s anticipated the many fully digital hearing aid models we take for granted today. It’s hard to believe it was only a few decades ago that digital technology was revolutionary. Today, most hearing aid options are digital and the technology that accompanies and …

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A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

In hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Lifestyle, News, Prevention, Signs & Symptoms by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

The benefits of regular exercise have long been trumpeted. Since history has been recorded, humans have understood that physical movement and exertion are of benefit to the mind and body. Marcus Cicero, a Roman politician said that “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps the mind in vigor” all the way back in 65 BC. And this proves even more powerful of a statement in today’s times, in which so much of …

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The Connection Between Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

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

As with all of our senses, hearing is linked to our brain function. When our ears pick up sound waves, they are transmitted through the middle ear where they are amplified, and then they are sent to the inner ear where they are processed into neural signals. These signals make their way through well-worn neural pathways to the auditory processing center in our brains, where they are registered as sounds we recognize. With untreated hearing …

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Best New Hearing Aids of 2017: Oticon OPN, Phonak Audeo B-R, Signia Cellion Primax

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

The way that technology has impacted and upgraded the hearing aid industry over the past few decades doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. In fact, it seems that new capabilities and next generation models appear on the market every day. With such a smorgasbord to choose from, how can you narrow it down to the perfect hearing aid for you? Which trends are worth investing in and which are a flash in the …