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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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Noise Exposure and Musicians

Noise Exposure and Musicians

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Go to any factory floor, machinist shop, food processing plant, or airport tarmac and you’ll see workers sporting significant hearing protection to shelter their ears from excess noise. The chance of sighting hearing protection is much less likely, however, when you observe musicians at work – despite the fact their occupation puts them at significant risk for hearing loss. Noise induced hearing loss in musicians is a double blow, potentially limiting their ability to work. Luckily, through education and outreach, paired with innovative sound protection, more and more sectors of the music industry are waking up to the reality of…

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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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Add an Annual Hearing Test To Your New Year's Resolutions!

Add an Annual Hearing Test To Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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A recent article looked at the most common new year’s resolutions, based on a survey of 2000 people. The results were not surprising. 71% wanted to diet or eat healthier, and 65% wanted to exercise more. It’s easy to make resolutions like these, but not always the easiest to keep them. But what if your likelihood of success could be improved by using hearing aids? If you have untreated hearing loss, this might not be such an outlandish assumption. Taking the simple step of addressing your hearing loss can have multiple health benefits, including making it easier to get out…

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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people encounter sudden hearing loss associated with a traumatic event while others experience it gradually along with the natural process of aging. Some experience hearing loss in both ears while others experience it in both ears simultaneously. Even those who have hearing loss in both ears may find that it is asymmetrical, affecting one more than the other. These variations in the experience of hearing loss make each case unique. One of the major ways that hearing loss can be categorized is according to the degree of severity. Let’s take a…

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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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Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

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The workplace is one of the hardest places to negotiate hearing loss. After all, a lot rides on communication on the job, from staying in the loop and learning a new task to closing deals to connecting with your coworkers. Hearing loss doesn’t have to hold you back. Using hearing aids, assistive technology can help you stay on top of your job. Learning to pick up nonverbal communication cues can also provide critical context for conversations. If you’ve struggled with hearing loss you have probably already picked up on some of these nonverbal signals that help you understand what is…

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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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Enjoying the Holidays with Hearing Loss

Enjoying the Holidays with Hearing Loss

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The holiday season is quickly upon us, with all the hustle and bustle we associate with this time of year. Many of us who celebrate Thanksgiving will have our first “taste” of this swirl of activity as we pick out recipes, go grocery shopping, travel to visit friends and family, cook elaborate dishes, and serve up veritable feasts for our loved ones. In this midst of all this activity, it would be easy to forget the real reason for the holiday gatherings we put so much work into preparing: to connect with those we love. When we get all the…

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Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Hearing Group November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

By | Brain Health, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Related Diseases, Mental Health, News, Research | No Comments

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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