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Healthy Habits to Protect Your Hearing

In Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing is a precious resource! Although there are constantly improving ways to assist hearing if it is lost, the body does not naturally regenerate the tiny hair-like structures of the inner ear where sounds are sensed. These hairs can easily be damaged by exposure to harsh noise, but they also deteriorate due to the natural process of sound exposure through the life course. With such a delicate system in place, it is remarkable that we …

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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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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 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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Hearing Loss: The Most Common Workplace Injury

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

When we think of on-the-job injuries, we might think of chronic back pain or sore joints. Rarely do we think of hearing loss! In the United States, hearing loss is the third most common medical condition, affecting 48 million Americans. Did you know that it is also a prevalent condition in workplaces? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are “twenty-two million workers exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.” …

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Why You Should Choose an Audiologist for Your Hearing Health Care

In Hearing Tests, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

In this Internet age, many of us go online to self-diagnose anything from a strange rash to a throbbing pain in our leg. While access to medical information online is important, most of these sites do recommend that you visit a medical professional if your symptoms persist. Hearing loss is no different. While we can spend hours online looking through the signs of hearing loss and possible treatments, nothing should replace a visit to the …

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6 Things Your Teenager Should Know About Hearing Loss

In Family and Relationships, hearing loss, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Does it ever seem like your teenager has stopped listening to you? It might not be selective listening! Recent studies on the millennial generation have shown that a large number of people in their late 20s are experiencing some degree of hearing loss, which is a break with counterparts in previous generations. With the advent of personal electronic devices and earbud headphones, most young people are plugged in and tuning out the world around them.

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Tips for Preventing Hearing Loss

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

Though hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the United States, it is also an invisible condition – which means it tends to not elicit preventative concerns. Hearing loss comes in two common forms: presbycusis (age-related) or noise-induced. While the former is unavoidable and occurs due to the natural process of aging, the latter is 100% preventable, if we take the steps in our daily life. Here, we provide tips for preventing …

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Hearing Loss & the Workplace: Occupational Hearing Hazards

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

When we think of workplace injury, we tend to think of broken bones or pulled muscles. Hearing loss certainly does not top the list! However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that annually, approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise at their jobs. Additionally, OSHA reports that noise-related hearing loss “has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the US for more than 25 years” and …