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Communication is Key to Connection: Disclosure Strategies to Improve Communication with Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss affects 20% of Americans and is even more common among older populations (30% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 years of age). Even with these statistics, it is often difficult to identify if someone is experiencing hearing loss, especially if it is left untreated. For people who have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, or perhaps are experiencing the early signs of hearing loss, speech recognition poses one of …

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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

It’s perfectly understandable to be in the midst of a life change and decide to cut yourself a break by ignoring it for a small span of time. That’s how you know which things to pay attention to and which to let fall by the wayside. Dealing with hearing loss can certainly be one of the obstacles you’ve put off for as long as possible. Eventually though, it begins to make its presence known in …

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Hearing Loss Is Under-Treated Nationally

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

Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the US? It affects approximately 40 million Americans, with a high number of people above 65 experiencing some degree of hearing loss. In fact, age is a common factor among those who experience hearing loss. A third of people over 60; 60% of people over 70; and 80% of people over 85 years of age experience some degree of hearing loss.

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How to Make Hearing Aids a Part of Your Routine

In hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Whether you are new to hearing aids, or you’ve just gotten a new pair, congratulations! You are on the journey to improved hearing. It does take some time to get used to new hearing aids. With hearing loss, we grow accustomed to hearing with our abilities – even if it means sounds are less clear and voices are muffled. You may become overwhelmed with the clarity of sound while wearing your new aids, which is …

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New Test May Reveal Hidden Hearing Loss

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

New Test May Reveal Hidden Hearing Loss   How is Hearing Loss Identified?   Has someone told you lately that the volume on the TV is too high? Have you felt that people are mumbling and you’ve asked them to repeat themselves? These are some of the common signs of hearing loss. Hearing loss tends go to untreated for an average of seven years because it is not noticeable right away. Hearing loss tends to …

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Everyday Noises that Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is commonly thought of in conjunction with older Americans, but did you know that rates of hearing loss are rising among younger populations as well? Currently, hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion young people (children and teens) are at risk of permanent hearing damage, due to exposure to loud noise on a regular basis. This could lead to …

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Tips for Holidays with Hearing Aids

In Communication, Community, Family and Relationships, hearing aids, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Tips for Holidays with Hearing Aids The holidays are synonymous with friends, family and often, an overabundance of food. Parties and celebration also generally go hand in hand with the holiday season. Whether sitting around a dinner table salivating while someone carves a turkey or heading to your favorite bar to meet some friends, the holidays usually involve quite a few friends, good times and lots of conversations. Hearing loss should not get in the …

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Nutrients In Your Diet Could Help Your Hearing

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

‘Omega-3 fatty acids’ is a phrase that is thrown around on a regular basis when talking about optimizing nutrition and securing a balanced, healthy diet. Omega-3’s are most commonly known for their benefits related to lowering triglyceride levels, which can reduce your risk for heart disease and may assist with stiffness and joint pain arising from rheumatoid arthritis. These fatty acids can be found in certain types of oily fish such as salmon, tuna and …

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Tips to Improve Communication with Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss may be the third most common medical condition in the United States – affecting 20% of the population, or 48 million Americans – but it is also an invisible condition. As such, it is not immediately apparent that a person with whom you are communicating is experiencing hearing loss. A new study has found that the way in which people communicate their hearing loss could potentially affect their relationships. Hearing loss comes in …

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How Hearing Aids Improve Your Safety

In Family and Relationships, hearing aids by Laurie Duffy, M.S.Leave a Comment

We know the many benefits hearing aids bring to one’s life – connecting people to their loved ones, potentially decreasing the risk of dementia, and ensuring one’s earning power on the job. Because hearing is an invisible condition, it may be difficult at first to notice the signs. Untreated hearing loss continues for an average of seven years from the time a person first experiences changes in their hearing. Not only does untreated hearing loss …