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I have hearing loss - now what?
Posted by David Dickenson on June 03, 2021
What to do if you think you have hearing loss Most people who have hearing loss aren’t born with it. Instead, hearing loss creeps up on us over time, usually caused by exposure to loud noises, aging, or some combination of the two. Statistics show that the prevalence of hearing loss doubles for every decade of life, which explains why one out of three...
Can hearing loss be restored?
Posted by David Dickenson on May 19, 2021
The quick and frank answer to the question, “Can hearing loss be restored?” is no, once hearing is lost, you cannot restore it to how it was. But notice the “how it was” part of that answer. That’s because, while you can’t go back to the way you used to hear, you can still absolutely treat hearing loss and significantly...
Golf and hearing loss: why golf is a great sport for the hearing impaired
Posted by David Dickenson on May 04, 2021
Jordan Fuller, over at Golf Influence, explains why golf is a perfect pastime for those with hearing loss. Having optimal hearing is important when playing a round of golf, although golfers who wear hearing aids may find them to be more frustrating than not being able to hear what’s happening around them. There is good news, though. As technology has...
Why do my ears feel plugged?
Posted by David Dickenson on April 19, 2021
If you’ve ever flown, you most likely know the sensation of your ears plugging up. Irritating, right? Here’s why that happens. The most common reason for ears to feel clogged or plugged is due to something called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (Eustachian is pronounced “You-Station”). The Eustachian tube connects the back of the nose to the...
Should you get a hearing test?
Posted by David Dickenson on April 02, 2021
Do you ever feel like the people you’re talking to are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Or maybe you’re struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss. It’s not uncommon for friends and family...
Hearing loss, talking loudly and COVID-19
Posted by David Dickenson on March 17, 2021
By now we should all know that infectious pathogens — like COVID-19 — can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. But did you know it may be transmitted simply by talking, too? In a study published just this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that normal human speech produces...
Video conferencing tips for those with hearing loss
Posted by David Dickenson on March 03, 2021
Face masks are now an everyday accessory, “staying in” is the new “going out,” and you guessed it, video chatting is a necessary element of our social fabric and remote work. It’s all part of the new normal. For those with hearing loss, these changes haven’t been as seamless. As you or a loved one may have experienced, masks...
Top ten things you can do with your smartphone-connected hearing aids
Posted by David Dickenson on February 17, 2021
Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever! One of the greatest advances in hearing aid technology is the ability to pair them to a variety of smartphones, including Apple iPhones and several Android handsets. The connection between smartphones and hearing aids brings a long list of incredible benefits. Here is my top 10 list of things you can do...
Five things you should know about earwax
Posted by David Dickenson on February 03, 2021
When you hear the word “earwax”, you might immediately think YUCK! But, did you know that earwax actually plays an important role in the health of your ear? I’d like to share some facts about earwax and the part it plays in a healthy ear. 1. Earwax is not YUCK at all In fact, earwax is a requirement of a healthy ear canal. It is a product of...
The hearing aid that detects falls and sends alerts
Posted by David Dickenson on January 15, 2021
If you’re an older adult — or care for someone who is — falling is likely high on your list of worries. And for good reason. According to the National Council on Aging1: • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older...
One in five with hearing loss feel lonely and it’s affecting their health
Posted by David Dickenson on January 01, 2021
Loneliness has typically been thought of like most other human emotions — fleeting and virtually harmless. While short periods of loneliness may not have negative effects, prolonged loneliness is toxic and increases the risk of dying by 26%. In fact, loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of heart...
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