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Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

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Whether we like it or not, meetings are an unavoidable part of the modern office job. 15 percent of an organization’s collective time is spent in meetings. This figure has increased each year since 2008, so it doesn’t look like we’ll be ending the practice anytime soon. It’s a lot of time spent sitting in rooms listening to people talk. But not everyone in the room will be able to understand and contribute effectively. About 60 percent of the American workforce has some degree of hearing loss. This means that there are a surprising number of workers who are struggling…

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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

By | Communication, Events, Friends & Family, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

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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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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