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What Does It Mean to Have “Normal” Hearing?

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

Do you find that you struggle to hear people more and more these days? Having to ask people to repeat themselves or misunderstanding them is frustrating and can cause distance in your relationships over time. It may also indicate you have hearing loss. However, the best way to know for sure is to schedule a hearing exam.  Ideally, your hearing …

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Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

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Each experience of hearing loss is unique. If you ask one person what they have trouble hearing, they might point to the voices of children and toddlers. These voices tend to be in a higher range of frequency, and they can be quieter, as well. Others will say that they can’t understand one person talking in a crowd. Still, others …

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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

In Dementia & Alzheimer's, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Tests by Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HISLeave a Comment

World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012, making this September the 10th anniversary celebration. World Alzheimer’s Month is a month-long international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to advocate, raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. WHO estimates that worldwide, over 50 million people have dementia, and nearly 10 million new cases are reported every year. What have …

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How Virtual Assistants Can Assist Those with Hearing Loss

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Virtual assistants are a form of voice-based technology that is used to provide digital assistance. They function by recognizing a person’s speech and performing a particular task articulated vocally using artificial intelligence (and machine learning).  These devices are primarily used to answer questions and carry out commands such as opening a particular app, getting directions, making a phone call, or …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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

Better Hearing and Speech Month has arrived with the arrival of spring! The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and several other allied organizations will use the month of May to raise awareness about communication disorders, provide information, and lead efforts to improve hearing health. The theme for this year is “Building Connections.” Building Connections in Communities One key area for building …

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Studies Show Higher Rates of Hearing Loss for People with Diabetes 

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Diabetes and hearing loss are among the most common health conditions that people experience. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 34 million people have diabetes. Additionally, nearly 48 million people experience some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. Research has shown that there is overlap between these chronic medical conditions. Studies have revealed that people …

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Links Between Hearing Loss and COVID-19

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

Now over one year into the global pandemic, emerging studies are investigating the relationship between hearing loss and Covid19. Specifically, ongoing research is looking at tinnitus as a symptom of the virus. Tinnitus is one the most common symptoms of hearing loss. Tinnitus describes a ringing, buzzing, clicking-like noise in one or both ears when no external sound is present. …

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A Connection Between Hearing Loss, Depression, and Dementia

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Hearing loss has far-reaching effects on overall health. This chronic medical condition is experienced by over 48 million people, making hearing loss a pervasive health concern. Beyond reducing hearing ability, hearing loss produces a range of symptoms that can take a toll on mental and cognitive health. Extensive research has shown that hearing loss is typically associated with other medical …

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Even a Mild Hearing Loss Contributes to Cognitive Decline

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Hearing loss affects everyone differently, but hearing loss is usually categorized as mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Mild hearing loss is hard to notice, and many people aren’t aware of their mild hearing loss. Mild hearing loss can make it harder to follow conversations, or hear soft sounds. You might think people around you don’t speak as clearly as they …