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A Link Between Hearing Loss and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Hearing loss affects approximately 48 million people in the US and is more than just an ear issue. Hearing loss affects how you relate to others, your self confidence, self esteem and physical health. When we can hear and communicate confidently, you can be more likely to succeed in social situations, and in physical activity.  The more active we are, the more our physical and mental health excell. Untreated hearing loss has been connected to …

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Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

In hearing aids, hearing health, Prevention by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

The world continues to get noisier and noisier! If you live in an urban area the sound of traffic, construction and neighbors can become cacophonous. If you work in a noisy setting like an airport, busy restaurant or even office setting, it can get so loud that your hearing can become damaged over time.  There are so many sources of noise that can damage our hearing and some have become so commonplace in our daily …

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Taking care of your hearing and vision slows cognitive decline by 50-75%

In Mental Health by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

As we age many of us have to deal with declining vision and hearing. In fact, age related hearing loss affects one in three, over 65 and half of seniors 75 and older. Similarly, vision is a major issue for many of us as we age, with 12 % of Americans 65 to 74 years of age reporting vision loss having vision loss.  These issues affect how we interact with the world, but did you know that your …

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Hearing Loss Patients At Higher Risk Of Hospital Readmission

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

When people with untreated hearing loss enter the hospital, the stakes can be unusually high. A recent New York University study has found that patients with unaddressed hearing loss were far more likely to be readmitted into the hospital within a month of their initial discharge than patients with normal hearing. This gap in health outcomes is part of the toll hearing loss can extract on personal wellness and hospital readmissions increase costs for both …

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As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored     

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

Hearing loss affects a vast swath of the population – over 40 million Americans live with significant hearing loss and it is the third most common chronic health condition in the country. Despite its prevalence, hearing loss is drastically under-treated with only 20% of those with hearing loss using treatments like hearing aids to manage their disability.  People often ignore changes to their hearing, on average waiting seven years between when they first notice hearing …

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All About Assistive Listening Devices  

In Assistive Listening Devices, hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Hearing aids are often the first step in treating hearing loss. They improve quality of life, reduce health risks associated with untreated hearing loss and facilitate better listening and communication. The performance of hearing aids can be enhanced with the added use of assistive listening systems (ALSs) and assistive listening devices (ALDs). Assistive listening technology amplifies sound from a focused source to improve your clarity and comprehension. Both ALD and ALS work in similar ways …

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A Link Between Gout & Hearing Loss

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

Researchers are constantly uncovering more proof that our diet can affect our physical and mental health. Now a recent study has found that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of gout, a frequently occurring form of arthritis and while simultaneously protecting your hearing. What is Gout? Affecting 4% of Americans, and 20% of those whose parents had it. Men are at a higher risk, while gout does not affect the majority of women until …

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Headphones & Hearing Aids

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

It used to be that if you were a hearing aid user it was difficult to use any kind of headphones. Often the hearing aids of the past were too bulky to fit beneath headphones or that the combination of the two technologies created annoying and distracting feedback.  Today, headphones are part of our lives more than ever before, allowing us to speak on the phone hands free or listen to our favorite music or …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Hearing Tests by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

We all can be absent minded now and then but as we age this can actually be signs of a much larger problem. It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s dementia and 80 percent are age 75 or older.  World Alzheimer’s Month is held by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to educate, raise awareness and fight the stigma that surrounds dementia. The hope is that the more people understand this very serious issue, …

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Meditation Could Help Alleviate Tinnitus

In Tinnitus by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

Tinnitus, that pesky ringing or buzzing in your ears, isn’t going anywhere. You hear it on your commute to work, when you’re having a quiet conversation, or when you’re trying to sleep at night. Tinnitus can’t be cured, but there are several ways you can manage tinnitus. We’ve seen how meditation can help alleviate tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? If you have a ringing or buzzing in your ears, you’re all too familiar with tinnitus. It’s …