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Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

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Most of us grew up cleaning our ears with cotton swabs (better known as Q-tips) and taught our children to clean their ears the same way. New research has unveiled that there are a lot of deep rooted and serious risks with cleaning our ears in this way. It is important to understand the dangers of using Q-tips to clean out our ears, and also learn new techniques to ensure our ears are clean and healthy, without exposing ourselves to potential risks in the process. Why Ear Wax is Important While we consider it “gross”, ear wax is actually really…

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Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

Symptoms of Memory Loss Could Actually Be Hearing Loss

By | Brain Health, Cognitive Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms | No Comments

More and more research shows a connection between hearing loss and cognitive issues like memory loss. Hearing loss has been shown to create a series of stresses on our cognitive functioning that may encourage the development of serious health issues like dementia. Now, a new study is coming forward that reveals how some of the signs of dementia may actually be signs of untreated hearing loss. Hearing loss and dementia are two vastly different conditions, but surprisingly the signs of one may be confused with the signs of the other. Being unable to retain and organize information, a perceived lack…

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Celebrate with a Hearing Test!

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

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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Noise Pollution in US National Parks

Noise Pollution in US National Parks

By | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Nature, News, Research | No Comments

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

By | Community, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, News | No Comments

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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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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