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Tips for Video Calls if You Have a Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

A lot has changed in our world since 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread. Jobs that were commonly done from an office setting were suddenly being done remotely. This means that for many of us, we are now logging into our computers for office meetings, which used to be held in person. There are plenty of benefits to working from home. You can avoid the commute, save on gas, and have your lunch …

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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Communication, Ear Health, hearing health, hearing loss, hearing loss causes, Hearing Loss Impact, News, Prevention, Research, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Do you use headphones when listening to music, movies, and media? Most people do. Since the invention of the Sony Walkman in 1979 headphones have been all the rage, allowing people to listen to what they want, when they want in public, without disturbing others around them. There is no denying that headphones are amazing, but they also come at a risk to our hearing. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion young adults are …

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Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

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

If you’ve recently purchased a new set of hearing aids then you know what an investment they can be. Hearing aids can improve your quality of life, increasing mobility, your relationships, and your cognitive performance. Hearing aids are an investment that will last you for years. On average today’s hearing aids will last an individual 5 to 7 years, but you can get more out of them when you take care of them. Here are …

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Weather Preparedness Tips for People with Hearing Loss

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

Winter months can bring extreme blizzards, while the summer, spring and fall can present it’s own inclement weather. A general rule is that if a weather emergency can occur it most likely eventually will.  For many of us, we have spent years dealing with extreme weather, however, for those of us who’s hearing isn’t as sharp as it used to be, these kinds of weather emergencies can bring on a whole new set of challenges.  …

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion

In Community, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Holiday season is here and we want to wish you and yours a happy and healthy season! This year, family gatherings are going online and celebrating is going to look a little different. If you are planning your first online family gathering, here are a few things to keep in mind for an excellent event everyone can enjoy. Make a Plan, Set a Schedule While it may seem like less planning to stage an online …

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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 & Fatigue

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

It’s a wonder how our bodies naturally function as if we are operating on autopilot at times.  It’s a complete gift when we can breathe and blink almost unconsciously and our arms and legs move in the manner we wish. Hearing of course play a major contribution to our bodies normal functioning which alerts of noises we need to be aware of for our protection, and of course allows us to communicate with other humans. …

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Enjoying the Holidays with Hearing Loss

In Community, Family and Relationships, hearing loss, Tips & Tricks by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

The holidays are almost here, and you’ve already started decorating. You’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, and Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you’ve invited the whole family for dinner, or are joining the celebration at your daughter’s house, the holidays are bound to get a bit loud. Are you worried about your hearing loss during the holiday weekend? If you’re struggling to hear and have a hard time with conversations, here are some …

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Protect Your Family’s Hearing this 4th of July

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

Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner, and you’re looking forward to firing up the BBQ, enjoying the parade, and taking your family out to watch the fireworks in the evening. While this is one of the most exciting holidays of the year, don’t forget it’s also one of the loudest and could be affecting you more than you think. Fireworks might dazzle your eyes, but they could be doing irreparable damage to …

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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 …