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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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Imagine trying to build a relationship with someone if you had no ability to communicate. Although humans are remarkably adept at finding ways to get our ideas across without the use of spoken language, it remains by far our most skilled means of communicating. The last time you encountered someone who spoke another language, you might have faced some of …

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Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

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Recall the last time you were in a healthcare environment. What did it sound like? Although some clinics, offices, and particularly the private patient rooms of family practice medical facilities can be relatively quiet, many of them are not. With the beeping sounds of machines, noisy equipment, care givers discussion options, and a host of other distractions, the healthcare environment …

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

In Dementia & Alzheimer's by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

Chances are, you may know someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. This person may even be close to you, a family member, or a loved one. The lapses of memory, disorientation, and feelings of alienation can be devastating, sometimes making the person with Alzheimer’s disease feel that the people in the room are strangers, even if those people are family. …

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Common Misconceptions about Hearing Loss

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For a long time, hearing loss carried a huge stigma. People didn’t want to be seen as old and hearing aids were a visible sign that they didn’t have all their original faculties intact. These days, with prominent celebrities like Halle Berry, Jodie Foster and Bill Clinton not just wearing hearing aids but talking about them, that stigma is being …

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Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

In Communication, Hearing Loss by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

Having a hearing loss can be difficult. But trying to explain it to someone who has normal hearing can be even harder. Hearing loss is an invisible disability so it is often misunderstood, downplayed or even ignored, sometimes even by those closest to you. Hearing loss can have a huge impact on your life, and the lives of those who love you. …

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Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 36 million Americans have a hearing loss—this includes 17% of our adult population. The incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over age 75 have hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most …

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Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters 

In Hearing Loss by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

Hearing loss interferes with the ability to communicate easily and effectively. Those who have had untreated hearing loss for a while might already understand this difficulty in communication. Untreated hearing loss is a danger because communication is at the heart of all our social relationships, and if we don’t have ways of communicating with others, we become socially isolated. When …

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All About Tinnitus    

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Tinnitus is a very common condition. About 30 million Americans have some form of tinnitus. This figure creeps up to over a quarter of all Americans aged 65 to 84 years. If you’ve ever wondered what this common condition is all about, then read on. Tinnitus is the experience of hearing a sound that is not caused by any actual physical sound …

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Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss   

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Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), together with age-related hearing loss, is one of the most widespread types of hearing loss. It happens when we are subject to hazardous noise concentrations, whether on a long or short term basis. It is classified as a type of sensorineural hearing loss caused by damage to the internal organs of the ear. Noise-related hearing loss is irreversible, …

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

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Summer has arrived and you maybe planning to celebrate by hitting the road or flying above it all to visit distant friends, family and destinations abroad. If you have hearing aids, planning ahead can be essential in making sure your summer travels go off with out a hitch. Careful Planning Goes a Long Way Whether you’ve chosen your destination for …