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Hearing Loss Could Restrict Mobility & Quality of Life

Think about your everyday experience with hearing loss. At some point, you can probably recall a situation where your hearing loss held you back. Whether it was misunderstanding a project at work, or missing an important gate change announcement at the airport, or even simply being unable to follow the latest phone update from your grandson, hearing problems can make …

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Loud Movies & Noise-Induced Hearing Loss   

This year, Hollywood is returning to movie theaters, along with excited audiences. Enjoying the latest films may have a hidden risk: excessive sound volume which can be hazardous to your hearing. Encompassing surround sound, action-packed effects and the heightened viewer response that comes with loudness have steadily led theaters and movies to become louder – often dangerously so. How Loud …

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For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

You’re probably not averse to taking a few ibuprofen or paracetamol when you’ve got a headache or fever. Most of us have over-the-counter painkillers in our homes for moments like this, and all of these drugs come with warnings on how many we should take during a day.  While we don’t see much of an issue with using these drugs, …

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Supporting A Loved One with Hearing Loss in a Nursing Home

Moving a loved one into a nursing home can be a challenging experience under the best of circumstances. It can be confusing, too, when hearing loss is added into the mix. Of course, it’s pretty standard as at least half of people in this country over the age of 75 have age-related hearing loss.  When your loved one is transitioned …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

We know a lot about the connections between hearing loss and mental health. Those who have untreated hearing loss have higher rates of mental health conditions, but that statistic alone is not enough to show that hearing loss is causing the poor emotional, mood, and thought landscape. Individual reports fill in the gaps to let us know that many people …

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Head Injuries & Hearing Loss

Estimates show that approximately one million cases of traumatic brain damage necessitate hospitalization each year in the United States, with up to 3 million cases of any head injury, including mild concussions. Survivors of significant head injuries may face lasting, life-altering impacts. In contrast, individuals with less severe injuries may experience unfavorable side effects that last days, weeks, or even …

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Know Your Rights with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects a large number of people in the United States. In reality, approximately 20% of people aged 12 and up have a hearing problem that makes it challenging to communicate regularly. However, outside of the healthy and able-bodied populace, our modern culture rarely pays attention to their needs.  Because of this, the Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Act was …

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How Loud is Too Loud for Kids

The use of earbuds with smartphones has increased in the past decade. According to 2015 research, nearly two-thirds of teenagers and over half of 8 to 12-year-olds listen to music daily. At this moment, an estimated 1 billion people, including some youngsters, are putting their ears at risk with their portable music gadgets. While listening to music is not in …

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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

There is a reason drinking alcohol is so enjoyable. Drinking alcohol increases dopamine endorphins in your brain with can produce feelings of joy, pleasure and euphoria. However, it’s important to remember that too much of a good thing is often not the healthiest for you. Excessive alcohol use can lead to chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver …