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March 3 is World Hearing Day – Celebrate with a Hearing Test!

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At Hearing Group, we’ve got our calendars marked for March 3rd, when we observe World Hearing Day. World Hearing Day is a collective effort to raise education, awareness and access to hearing healthcare, started by the World Health Organization. This year, World Hearing Day is focusing on an important step in maintaining your hearing – getting a hearing test. Hearing exams are simple and non-intrusive but many people procrastinate about scheduling their next checkup. On average, people wait seven years between when they first notice a hearing issue and when they get it examined. While hearing loss often occurs gradually…

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A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

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It has been called ‘the silent killer’. It affects nearly half of all Americans (many of whom don’t even realize that they have it) and is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Hypertension is when the pressure of the blood running through your arteries is too high. Blood pressure naturally rises and falls throughout the day, but the danger is when it stays high for a long time. The reason it is a ‘silent killer’ is that it usually has no symptoms…

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

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Treating your hearing loss is an investment, and more than ever before, new studies are showing that treating your hearing loss is worth it – for quality of life, potential earning, and avoiding larger medical expenses down the line. A new study from John Hopkins University makes the point explicitly clear. After following subjects for a full decade, patients with untreated hearing loss incurred 46% more healthcare expenses than subjects with healthy hearing – a difference that adds up to over $22,400 over the span of a decade. A Big Effect The recent John Hopkins study represents more than a…

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Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

Is Your Mood Connected to Hearing Loss?

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Have you ever had the experience of listening to calming music and feeling like your mood just improved by listening? Or perhaps the sounds of animals in the woods have that effect for you, such as birds, frogs, and crickets? Still others can sit at the ocean and listen with their eyes closed for what feels like hours, allowing the sound to wash over them as if it were the ocean itself. Each of these experiences demonstrates the strong link between hearing and mood. On the contrary, many of us have experienced grating and brash sounds that bring out our…

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Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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In addition to ushering in a festive season of holidays and celebrations, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as the month to raise awareness on this devastating disease. Here at Hearing Group, our commitment to hearing health leads us to explore the link between untreated hearing loss and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing Loss and Communication As families gather together in record numbers this holiday season, many of us look forward to the opportunity to catch up and share our experiences from the year. For people with untreated hearing loss, the holidays may…

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Protecting Your Child's Hearing at School

Protecting Your Child’s Hearing at School

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Our environment is getting louder and louder and that includes schools. Each year you should take the time to get a hearing evaluation for your child at Hearing Group. Tests are free, non-invasive and we strive to be child friendly. Getting a baseline hearing level for your child ensures that you will be able to keep tabs on his or her hearing health throughout the school years.   School noise Schools have more noise issues than you may think. There are crowded loud hallways, sporting events and band practice and all these things can have noise decibel ratings over the…

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Hearing Loss & Your Heart Health

Hearing Loss & Your Heart Health

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We all know that cardiovascular exercise boosts circulation, and that regular exercise can help to protect us from life-threatening conditions such as heart disease. But research also suggests that keeping our hearts healthy could have an added bonus: safeguarding our long-term hearing health. The heart disease-hearing loss connection The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that heart disease is the primary cause of death in men and women alike, resulting in 610,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. Patients who suffer from cardiovascular disease can have a number of different medical issues affecting the structure and vessels of the…

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Why People Avoid Treating Hearing Loss -- and Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test!

Why People Avoid Treating Hearing Loss — and Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test!

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If you’re thinking you have hearing loss, or a loved one has been telling you that you don’t seem to hear as well as you used to – you probably already KNOW you have hearing issues. Contact a Hearing Group office and get your test. No one likes bad news but think of it as just “news” and there’s a staff of caring professionals ready to make your “bad news” into a better lifestyle. You aren’t alone In the United States, hearing loss is the third most prevalent medical condition behind arthritis and heart disease. But many adults wait years…

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How do Hearing Aids Work?

How do Hearing Aids Work?

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Have you been struggling to follow conversations, understand speech, or communicate with your kids? Maybe you’ve been having trouble talking to your coworkers, or have given up meeting friends of Saturday afternoon coffee sine you just can’t follow what’s been said. You know it’s time to consider hearing aids, and you’re ready to take the next step. Before you decide on what hear aid is right for you, its important to understand how hearing aids work. How Hearing Works To understand how hearing aids work, we first need to take a closer look at the auditory system. What we call…

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A Link between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

A Link between Hearing Loss and Second-Hand Smoke

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If giving up smoking to avoid the risk of harming yourself isn’t enough of an incentive, you might be prompted to quit based upon the harmful effects on other. Beyond harming your own body and the respiratory systems of those around you, a new study from researchers at Kyoto University reports that tobacco smoke exposure in young children increases risks for hearing loss. Smoking damages your own hearing A smoking habit generally increases the odds of hearing loss as much as 1.69 more than non-smokers. This is in addition to the known adverse side effects it can have on an…

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