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Current & Former Smokers May Be at Higher Risk for Hearing Loss 

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Studies show that current and former smokers can experience an increased risk of developing hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most pervasive medical conditions, impacting an estimated 48 million people. Impaired hearing reduces a person’s capacity to absorb and process sound which produces a range of symptoms that affect daily life. Hearing loss strains communication, relationships, social engagement, …

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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

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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

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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 …

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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

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When it comes to your health, there are few lifestyle behaviors with as bad a reputation as smoking and drinking. These habits have been credited, rather discredited, with higher rates of a whole host of health problems ranging from severe conditions like cardiovascular disease to mild cosmetic effects for the skin, hair, and nails.  Although we have a general impression …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

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When it comes to hearing aid upgrades, you certainly don’t want to spend unnecessarily on a new pair of aids. As long as your current hearing aids meet all the necessary criteria, you can continue using them for years to come. However, it’s important to pay attention to problems or changes that might mean it’s time for an upgrade. There …