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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Do you struggle to hear when someone’s speaking to you? Can you hear the phone ringing and your spouse calling to you from another room? If you have hearing loss, you know that it’s affecting communication. Even simple conversations lead to misunderstandings, and you have to ask for clarification at least once.  Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal …

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Getting To Know Your Hearing Aids

If you’ve just gotten yourself a hearing aid, you are officially on your way to better hearing. What a wonderful thing this is. There are many benefits of treating hearing loss. Hearing loss affects an estimated 360 million people worldwide. When appropriately treated, hearing loss can be significantly reduced or even reversed.  A patient’s hearing ability depends significantly on their …

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All About Hearing Aid Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

Your hearing aids help you hear in every situation, but there are times when an assistive listening device can come in handy. When you’re struggling to hear in a large venue like an auditorium or theater or straining to hear a conversation in a boisterous restaurant, a few devices could change how you hear.  What are Assistive Listening Devices? Assistive …

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Why You Should Treat Bilateral Hearing Loss with Two Hearing Aids

Your audiogram can reveal how your hearing troubles are configured when diagnosed with hearing loss. It can show your hearing specialist which frequencies of sound you find difficult, as well as if your hearing loss is in one ear (unilateral hearing loss) or both ears (bilateral hearing loss) (bilateral hearing loss).  Whether you have a bilateral hearing loss, an audiogram …

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A Possible Link Between Exercise & Reduced Risk for Hearing Loss

Is there no end to the benefits of physical exercise? It lifts your spirits, strengthens your body, and provides many other lifestyle benefits. Researchers revealed a link between exercise and a lower risk of hearing loss in a new study. Including a regular workout program in your daily routine may also reduce your risk of hearing loss later in life. …

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Monitoring Your Daily Exposure to Noise

Noise-induced hearing loss is widespread, affecting about one in four adults between 20-69. Once acquired, noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. Luckily, noise-induced hearing loss is also 100% preventable.   One way to help protect yourself and your family from noise-induced hearing loss is to monitor your daily noise exposure. To prevent noise-induced hearing loss, it is important to …

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Myths about Hearing Loss

There are many myths concerning hearing loss and hearing loss therapy. At Dr. Kevin Whritenour, we’re dedicated to guiding you through the myths and outlining your treatment options so you can get back to living your life! Here are a few prevalent beliefs and the debunkings that go along with them:   Hearing loss can be cured. According to the …

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New Study Shows that 1 in 10 Adults in the US Suffer from Tinnitus

Have you ever walked away from a noisy situation only to discover that your ears were still creating noise? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Exposure to loud sounds can cause tinnitus, which is a disorder that causes a persistent sound in the ears. Even after the external stimulus has been eliminated, the ringing, buzzing, or whistling in the …

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Prevent Falls by Treating Hearing Loss

With youth, our body has resiliency to recover from falls, but as we age, a fall can become a much more serious accident, causing broken bones such as wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures. Our body’s reaction time can also be slower, creating more risk of head injuries in even slight falls. Each year in the US it is estimated …

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Everyday Noises that Could Cause Hearing Loss

As we age, hearing loss becomes more and more common. One-third of all people over 65 experience hearing loss and that number jumps to half for those 75 and older. However, the degree of hearing loss you have can make a difference in your quality of life and ability to communicate. There are ways to lessen the likelihood of damage …