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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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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4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing

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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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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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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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Noise Exposure and Musicians

Noise Exposure and Musicians

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Go to any factory floor, machinist shop, food processing plant, or airport tarmac and you’ll see workers sporting significant hearing protection to shelter their ears from excess noise. The chance of sighting hearing protection is much less likely, however, when you observe musicians at work – despite the fact their occupation puts them at significant risk for hearing loss. Noise induced hearing loss in musicians is a double blow, potentially limiting their ability to work. Luckily, through education and outreach, paired with innovative sound protection, more and more sectors of the music industry are waking up to the reality of…

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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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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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