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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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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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4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

By | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition in the U.S., where over 45 million people have significant hearing impairment. Most hearing loss is permanent, meaning that while hearing loss can be effectively treated, noise-induced hearing loss cannot be completely restored. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to reduce your risk of hearing loss. The leading cause of hearing loss is due to exposure to dangerous levels of noise. Our world is loud – and getting louder, and exposure to loud noise can cause irreversible damage to the auditory system. While it can be hard…

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

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Is there someone close to you with hearing loss? Odds are, yes! With over 40 million Americans managing significant hearing loss, that person could be a friend, neighbor, coworker or family member. People with hearing loss face significant challenges to how they comprehend speech and navigate communication. The good news is, when you help make communication easier for someone with hearing loss, everyone benefits. Get Their Perspective How do you start considering the hearing needs of others? To start, just ask! If someone is struggling to keep up with a conversation, ask them what would help improve their hearing in…

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Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

By | Communication, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks, Work | No Comments

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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Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

Nonverbal Cues to Help You in Meetings

By | Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks, Workplace Hearing Loss | No Comments

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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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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Protecting Your Child's Hearing at School

Protecting Your Child’s Hearing at School

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

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 safe…

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Protect Your Family's Hearing this 4th of July

Protect Your Family’s Hearing this 4th of July

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With the 4th of July just days away, you’re prepping for this fun filled holiday. You can’t wait to have the family over, kick around a soccer ball with the kids, and enjoy the fireworks display in the evening. We know you have a million other things to think about, but don’t forget to take a few steps to protect your family’s hearing this 4th of July. Fireworks are Loud Who doesn’t love fireworks? They’re bright and colorful, match the music, and dazzle our eyes with amazing explosions and designs. While our eyes are loving the fireworks display, we often…

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Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

By | Hearing Aid Maintenance, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Tips & Tricks | No Comments

Hearing aids are delicate machines with lots of moving parts. Because of this, they require different kinds of maintenance with each season’s change. Prolonged exposure in frigid months can zap your hearing aid’s batteries and lead to cracked plastic components. In summer months that can be hot and dry one day, or humid and full of sudden thunderstorms, your hearing aid device can suffer in other ways. As we transition from the freezing cold temperatures of winter to the warming temperatures of spring and summer, condensation can build up in hearing aids and cause damage. Moisture can have a negative…

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