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Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids

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

[HearCare RI] Blog #1: Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids Hearing loss occurs with complications in our auditory system, which complicates the way we receive and process sound. Hearing loss can manifest in one ear or it can be recognized as being a loss of hearing in both ears. The latter is the more common type of hearing loss and is referred to as bilateral hearing loss, or BHL. Bilateral …

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Untreated hearing loss in the USA costs $133 billion each year

In hearing loss, Hearing Loss Impact by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, it could be costing you a lot more than you think. A recent study estimates that untreated hearing loss in the USA costs $133 billion each and every year! Of the millions of Americans living with untreated hearing loss, only one in three will treat their hearing loss with hearing aids, investing in hearing clearly, improving their quality of life, and saving their bank account. Why Is Hearing …

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New Standards to Protect Young Peoples’ Hearing

In hearing loss by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

More than ever before, young people are at risk of acquiring hearing loss. Our city streets are getting louder every day, with squealing bus brakes and the construction site around the corner. School hallways are notoriously loud, and exercise classes often far exceed safe listening volumes. However, one of the biggest risks to young peoples’ hearing is unsafe listening practices when listening to music, playing games, or watching movies on personal listening devices. Hearing Loss …

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Musicians’ Concerns with Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

While everyone deserves to hear clearly, there are a few professions that require excellent hearing, and if you’re an air traffic controller, an emergency dispatcher, or anyone working in law enforcement, hearing clearly is important for everyone’s safety. Hearing is also essential in many factory and trade jobs, and if you’re unable to hear someone yell a warning, you’re far more likely to have a serious workplace accident. Another profession that relies on hearing are …

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Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

A recent study in the Canadian Journal on Aging tries to understand two complicated and easily misunderstood conditions. On the one hand, memory loss afflicts many people, particularly those who are older in age, and we still know strikingly little about the workings of serious conditions such as dementia. Although the symptoms of memory loss are clear to those who experience it as well as loved ones and family members, the cause of memory loss, …

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

If you have a loved one, friend, or partner with untreated hearing loss, you are familiar with the struggle to understand one another. The scene often begins with a phrase spoken in the other direction, without the ability to see one another, at too quiet a volume, or in a noisy place. When you speak those words, it begins a long chain of confusion between the two of you. Some people try to hide the …

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Hearing Loss is an Important Part of Caring for Your Health as You Age

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

Things change as you get older. Some of us battle aging, but many of us cope with it and try to stay as healthy as we can. We go to the doctor regularly, get all the recommended screenings, and add a trip to the dentist and eye doctor as needed. You should be adding an annual hearing evaluation at HearCare RI to stay healthy and young. Maintaining your hearing health is important to your general …

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Start the Year Off Right with an Annual Hearing Test

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

Its resolution time! Maybe you are going to try and hit the gym more, take a hydro-exercise class at the pool, eat healthy, absorb a little more cultural activities or devote yourself to a little more “me” time. Whatever the resolution, resolve to take a step towards better hearing with an annual hearing test at HearCare Rhode Island. These are just some of the reasons why it’s a great idea! Hearing loss creeps up on …

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Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss

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

Sudden changes to your hearing can be alarming. If you’ve been hearing fine one day and feel like sounds around you are muffled the next day, it can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. You might wonder just how common sudden hearing loss is, and what you can do about it. What is Sudden Hearing Loss? Hearing loss is often a gradual process, where the sounds in your environment, unsafe listening practices, or the natural aging process …

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A Connection between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

In Health, hearing health, News, Research by Laurie Duffy, M.S.

When it comes to your hearing health, some causes of hearing loss seem pretty obvious. Everyone knows that extremely loud noises can cause hearing loss, and that age slowly wears away at your hearing. But there are many causes of hearing loss you might not know about, and if you’re one of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, your hearing may be at risk. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that affects insulin …