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Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

In Hearing Aid Technology by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

When you read “artificial intelligence” you might be thinking aliens, science fiction, robots, and the end of the human race. In this day and age, artificial intelligence is actually very mundane. It is everywhere, from the factories that produce the goods we consume every day, to our delivery services, to our schools. Artificial intelligence makes robotic vacuum cleaners go, makes our exercise monitors and apps work, and makes our airplanes fly. This is because artificial …

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Comorbidities of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is not only a loss of one single sense. It can appear along with other issues. Sometimes hearing loss is actually symptom or an outcome of another potentially more serious health issue. The issues and ailments that can accompany hearing loss, when simultaneously present and chronic, are called comorbidities. These comorbidities can include physical disorders like heart disease, thyroid disease, and diabetes. They can also include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, …

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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 Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

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

Perhaps you’ve begun to notice changes in your hearing, and you are starting to look into your options to treat your hearing loss.  Perhaps you’ve heard of hearing amplifiers, whether it’s been on television commercials or over the counter at the drug store.  While they may seem like a more affordable and conservative and affordable purchase hearing amplifiers are not an effective treatment of hearing loss in the way hearing aids are. While these personal …

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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 in the Workplace

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

While approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss 60 percent are either in the workplace or an educational setting. While work and school can be challenging, the workday will present an extra set of hurtles for hearing impaired employees. The hurdles of the hearing impaired in the workplace Conversations with colleagues, and the concentration needed for communication during the day demand extra energy, potentially affecting both your mood and work efficiency. This …

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Each May, the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) hosts Better Hearing and Speech Month, in an attempt to raise awareness and educate the public on issues related to hearing, speech and language. This year, the theme ASHA has chosen for Better Hearing and Speech Month is “Communication Across the Lifespan”. Communication is the key to healthy relationships, success at work and physical and mental health, It is important for people to know that the …

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Why Do People Shy Away from Treating Hearing Loss?

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing loss might not seem like a big deal at first. Often, people believe that they can get by with out treating their hearing loss or have trouble admitting that they have a problem in the first place. Though hearing loss used to be considered a harmless part of getting older, doctors now know that when left untreated it can be the first domino in a sequence of deteriorating health. Hearing loss is tied to …

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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. …