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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How Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

How Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

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Hearing loss can have many unexpected effects on our lives. Of course, hearing loss affects our abilities to simply hear the world around us, be that conversations with friends and loved ones, or ambient sounds such as passing cars, bird song, or wind rustling through the tree tops that attune us to our surroundings. When we lose the ability to hear subtle and overt noises, however, our communication as a whole can shift drastically. This can make us feel disoriented in any given space. It can also make us less willing to participate in the world around us. Hearing loss…

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Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

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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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Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

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With Father’s Day less than two weeks away, do you know what you’re getting your dad to show him that you appreciate the impact he’s had on your life? Family plays an important role in our lives, and Father’s Day is a perfect time to acknowledge the love and support you’ve received from your family over the years. This year, improve family communication to show Dad you care. Noticing the Signs of Hearing Loss Hearing loss is one of the top chronic health problems in the U.S., affecting nearly 40 million Americans. According to the National Institute on Deafness and…

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Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

Talking about Hearing Loss: Why Your Disclosure Method Matters

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You may have recently received the news that you have hearing loss. This information, though it may be disheartening at first, can actually lead to a much better way of life once you receive adequate hearing assistance and move down the path to improvement. One of the steps along the path to improved hearing is to let others know that you have experienced hearing loss. Like any life experience, you have the choice how and when to disclose what has happened to you. Each person has a different approach to letting others know about hearing loss. Just as with another…

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Occupational Hearing Hazards

Occupational Hearing Hazards

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Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common forms of workplace injury. Though organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or OSHA) have worked to reduce the workplace risks to hearing, some of these effects are unavoidable for certain jobs. Excessive noise and ototoxic chemicals are two ways that hearing can become impaired in the workplace. Manufacturing, mining, construction, and other industrial occupations are the riskiest. Although understanding the causes of occupational hearing loss is the first step, it is also important to know what can be done about it and what precautionary steps may be able…

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Tips for Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

Tips for Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

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Congratulations! You have taken a major step on the road to hearing clearly by getting new hearing aids. Getting help with your hearing is going to be a remarkable improvement to your life, and you’ll see how far the benefits extend with time. Yet, simply purchasing hearing aids is not enough. You need to wear them consistently to reap the benefits! With regular use, hearing aids can make an incredible difference in your daily life, but you may experience an adjustment period when you first begin to use them. The following are a few tips to help you use your…

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Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

Tips for Driving with Hearing Aids

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Although we rely primarily on the sense of sight for driving, hearing plays an important supporting role. Hearing the sounds of sirens from emergency vehicles, other vehicles’ horns, and malfunctions in your own vehicle are essential for safe driving. If your hearing is compromised, it can be a hazard to your own driving and others who share the road. The first step toward safe driving is to schedule an appointment with an audiologist or hearing specialist to have your hearing tested and to determine if you need hearing aids. Yet, even when you have hearing aids, some additional considerations will…

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A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

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When you have the sense that your hearing may have deteriorated or you are no longer satisfied with your current hearing aids, the time has come to schedule an appointment with an audiologist or other ear specialist. Upon scheduling your first appointment, you should expect several forms of assessment. The hearing specialist will consult with you about your symptoms, medical history, and sound exposure over time. Then, a visual exam will enable your doctor to observe the contours of the outer ear and features of the inner ear that may be obstructing your hearing ability, particularly if you have conductive…

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What to Expect at a Hearing Test

What to Expect at a Hearing Test

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Although a hearing test is nothing to worry about, it can cause some unease to walk in unprepared. Knowing what to expect will help you approach the test with an open mind and optimism about solutions. Consultation The first step will be a consultation with your hearing specialist at Hearing Group about your hearing history and any noise-related events that have come up in the recent past that might have affected your hearing. After discussing your family history, as well, you will schedule or begin your hearing test. Hearing Tests Hearing tests often take place in a soundproof room or…

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