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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

By | Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, News, Research, Signs & Symptoms

Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Every year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) raises awareness around hearing and speech issues. It is a month-long campaign of education and outreach. Here at Hearing Group, we?re always excited to share Better Hearing and Speech Month with our community. Won?t you join us this May to gain 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 material that covers the challenges of hearing loss particular to different…

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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

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 imperative…

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Myths about Hearing Aids

Myths about Hearing Aids

By | Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids, Research, Resource

At the root, hearing aids are simply another piece of modern, advanced technology that exists to help people better navigate and enjoy their lives. However, there seems to be a shroud of unnecessary mystery and mystique around hearing aids. This is very different from other technology, such as tablets, smartphones or Bluetooth. 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 they will make me look “old”. With the rise of noisy activities and constant…

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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

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

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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

More and more research shows the signs of memory loss could really be hearing loss. ?Research also shows a link between hearing loss and memory loss. Hearing loss has been shown to create a series of stresses. The stress causes conflict with our mental functioning. This, in turn, may lead to the development of health issues, like dementia. Now, a new study is showing how some of the signs of dementia may be signs of hearing loss needing treatment. Hearing loss and dementia are two different issues. But, surprisingly the signs of one may be confused with the signs of…

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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

They call it ?the silent killer?. Affecting nearly half of all Americans, many of whom don?t even realize that they have it. It 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. Consequently, 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 until the…

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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

By | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research, Resource

Hearing loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Degrees of hearing loss can also vary greatly. Some people encounter sudden hearing loss associated with a traumatic event. Others experience a gradual loss along with the natural process of aging. Some experience hearing loss in one ear while others experience loss in both ears at the same time. Even those who have hearing loss in both ears may find it is 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…

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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

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News, Research

Hearing loss treatment is an investment. More than ever before, new studies are showing that treating your hearing loss is worth it. For the quality of life, potential earning, and avoiding larger medical expenses down the line. A new study from John Hopkins University makes the point very clear. Following subjects for a full decade, patients with the untreated hearing loss had 46% more healthcare expenses than subjects with healthy hearing. This is 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?

By | Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Mental Health, News, Research

Is your mood connected to hearing loss? Think of listening to calming music and feeling like your mood is improving just by listening. Or perhaps the sounds of animals in the woods have that effect on you, such as birds, frogs, and crickets. Still, others can sit by the ocean and listen with their eyes closed for what feels like hours. Simply allowing the sound to wash over them as if it were the ocean itself. Link Between Hearing and Mood Each of these examples shows a strong link between hearing and mood. However, we all have also had harsh…

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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

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. ?Join in and get an education on Alzheimer’s and hearing loss. In addition to a festive season, November is National Alzheimer?s Awareness Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan made November a month to shine some light on this difficult disease. Here at Hearing Group, our commitment to hearing health leads us to search for the link between untreated hearing loss, dementia, and Alzheimer?s disease. Hearing Loss and Communication As families come together this season, many of us look forward to catching up and sharing our experiences from the year. But, for people with hearing…

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