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Noise Pollution in US National Parks

Noise Pollution in US National Parks

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Natural areas, parks, wildlife preserves – those little patches of green space – are quiet areas where we can just sit and think. Or are they? Unfortunately, local and national parks are becoming louder and more chaotic because of noise encroachment. Contact the Hearing Group for help with noise protection – and remember, the best protection for your hearing is an updated hearing evaluation. Natural places and noise Parks used to be the last stand for peace and quiet. But honking horns, jet engines and other noise are reducing the peaceful aspects of our parks, according to a study done…

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The Growing Problem of Noise Pollution

The Growing Problem of Noise Pollution

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Our lives exist with a lot of background noise – traffic, alerts on our phone, construction noise, the television on all the time – it just seems natural. But those sounds are actually being referred to as an urban plague and concerns are growing about the dangers of noise pollution. A yearly hearing evaluation, or more if you feel your hearing has been damaged, at Hearing Group will help make sure you don’t fall victim to noise pollution. It’s a noisy life Sound is everywhere. When sound rises to the level of dangerous or disturbing, it becomes noise and noise…

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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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Why Are People with Hearing Loss Not Using Hearing Instruments?

Why Are People with Hearing Loss Not Using Hearing Instruments?

By | Hearing Aids, Hearing Devices, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News | No Comments

The primary clinical intervention for individuals facing hearing loss is the use of hearing aids, but recent studies show that the majority of those who may benefit from hearing instruments do not use them. According to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys (NHANES), only one in seven individuals aged over 50 years with hearing loss actually use a hearing device. That equates to only 14% of the of the 26 million people facing hearing loss actually taking advantage of devices that may improve their hearing. Equally surprising, the average age of first-time hearing aid users is 74 years old,…

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Hearing Aids & Headphones

Hearing Aids & Headphones

By | Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Lifestyle & Leisure | No Comments

Did you know that you can use headphones even if you use hearing aids? Advances in headphone technologies and in hearing aid technologies have created ways to use them both at the same time—and to use your hearing aids as headphones. Different Types of Headphones There are generally three types of headphones that you can use if you are a hearing aid wearer. Bone conduction headphones do not make any contact with your ears. Instead, they sit in front of your them on your cheekbones. The transducers of bone conduction headphones send sound vibrations through your cheekbones to your cochlea,…

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Treat Hearing Loss to Reduce Dementia Chances

Treat Hearing Loss to Reduce Dementia Chances

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

Do yourself and your brain a favor – get your hearing tested at the Hearing Group because untreated hearing loss can lead to the onset of dementia, the most common form of Alzheimer’s. Hearing tests are painless and putting them off, which seems to be an American trait, is a bad idea. We bring this up now because September is World Alzheimer’s Month and more and more studies both here and in Europe, are finding a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Hearing loss and dementia cross all ethnic boundaries. Alzheimer’s in the world Throughout the world, the ravages…

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Pros and Cons of Small Hearing Aids

Pros and Cons of Small Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids used to be large clunky plastic shells over the inner workings which needed large batteries and frequent cleanings. And even when they were clean, they looked dingy because the plastic discolored. They were, well, obvious, and there was no way to style your hair around them, use a phone or wear a headset if you needed one for your job. These days, newer hearing aid models are tiny, and they fit in your ear canal. The first step to treating hearing loss, of course, is getting a hearing test at Hearing Group and then having a professional go…

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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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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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