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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Every year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (also known as ASHA) raises awareness around hearing and speech issues with a month-long campaign of education and outreach. Here at Hearing Group we’re always eager to share Better Hearing and Speech Month with our community. Won’t you join us this May to get a deeper understanding of hearing issues? Communication Across the Lifespan This year, Better Hearing and Speech Month is designed around the theme of “Communication Across the Lifespan”. ASHA has developed focused material that tackles the challenges of hearing loss…

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Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

By | Ear Health, Ear Wax, News, Research, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

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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Myths about Hearing Aids

Myths about Hearing Aids

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At the root, hearing aids are simply another piece of modern, advanced technology that exist to help people better navigate and fully enjoy their lives. However, unlike tablets, smartphones or Bluetooth, hearing aids seem to be shrouded in unnecessary mystery and mystique. The following myths are as common as they are untrue. You may have heard some of the following, however, please do not believe them! Myth #1: Hearing aids are only for old people, and I will be seen as “older” if I wear them. Especially now with the rise of noisy leisure activities and the constant access to…

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A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

A Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Mental Health, Research, Stress, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Stress has long been a chronic issue, however, in our fast-paced, modern-day lifestyle, people are more stressed than ever before. Stress has the potential to cause many debilitating conditions, and hearing loss is just one condition on that long laundry list of issues that could potentially be caused our worsened by chronic stress. What is Stress? Stress, as it was intended to be experienced, is actually an important and sometimes life-saving aspect of the human condition. Often coined the “fight or flight” response, stress helps us to quickly determine how to handle a potentially dangerous or threatening situation. It helps…

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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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A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

A Link Between Hypertension & Hearing Loss

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Diseases, News, Research | No Comments

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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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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Hearing loss treatment 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 decade…

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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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