Hearing Health - How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss
16Aug, 2017

How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

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Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions from which older adults suffer. On average, one third of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing damage, and almost half of those over 75 have serious hearing problems. Especially when it goes untreated, hearing loss has been linked to a multitude of problems, include a negative effect on brain health. And new research suggests that the part of the brain responsible for hearing can actually become reorganized as hearing diminishes, leading to more rapid cognitive decline. The […]
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Hearing Health - Prenatal Care for Moms with Hearing Loss
9Aug, 2017

Prenatal Care for Moms with Hearing Loss

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Countless healthy, full-term babies are born to deaf and hard of hearing women every day. However, a new study has revealed that some women with hearing loss are at a higher risk of delivering low birth weight or pre-term babies due to related health and societal factors. It is important to note that this increased risk is not a direct side effect of hearing loss itself, but rather a consequence of the way some deaf and hard of hearing women are marginalized, have an elevated risk of poor health, receive […]
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Hearing Health - Things People with Hearing Loss Wish Others Understood
24Jul, 2017

Things About Hearing Loss I Wish Others Understood

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“Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people,” Helen Keller once said. Hearing loss can be one of the most isolating experiences, if it is left untreated. It has been linked to increased risk for depression and anxiety, which leads to social withdrawal. Untreated hearing loss is often the thing that prevents people from staying in touch with their loved ones and pursuing the activities they love. With challenges in speech recognition and spatial awareness, hearing loss tends to occur gradually and over an extended period of time. […]
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Hearing Health - 4 Signs You May Need a Hearing Test
17Jul, 2017

4 Signs You May Need a Hearing Test

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Did you know that hearing is our fastest sense? While the brain takes a quarter of a second to process an image, it only takes 0.05 seconds to process sound. But if you’ve had to ask people to repeat themselves lately, or you have the volume turned up to max on your TV, it may be wise to take a hearing test. Most cases of hearing loss tend to happen gradually, over an extended period of time. Because hearing happens in the brain, we may “adjust” to less than normal […]
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Hearing Health - Using Music to Help Hearing Loss
12Jul, 2017

Using Music to Help Hearing Loss

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Does music hold important tools for managing hearing loss?  Researchers in Toronto are beginning to investigate potential connections between musical understanding and the ways in which our brain distinguishes sound. A study currently being conducted at Ryerson University, by professor Frank Russo, is focused on looking for tools and techniques that use music education to help people with hearing loss make distinctions between sounds in noisy environments. The Challenge of Noisy Places Loud, noisy environments have always posed one of the biggest difficulties for people with hearing loss. A tough […]
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Hearing Health - Summertime Care for Your Hearing Aids
27Jun, 2017

Summertime Care for Your Hearing Aids

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It’s summer in the city! Here in Portland, summer time is awesome, but the warmer temps and outdoor elements could bring a few hazards to your hearing aids. Watch out for heat and humidity when caring for your hearing aids. Luckily, the rising temperatures do not necessarily have to spell disaster for your hearing aids – as long as you take extra precautions in caring for them. In addition to the regular care and maintenance you provide for your hearing aids, there are a few important things to keep in […]
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Hearing Health - This Father's Day, Reconnect with Your Kids & Grandkids
16Jun, 2017

This Father’s Day, Reconnect with Your Kids & Grandkids

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Good communication is a vital parenting skill, and is key to building self-esteem, empathy and mutual respect. Listening to your child gives them a sense of security and helps them to feel their needs are important. For any parent, being an active listener can be difficult at times; for hard of hearing parents, even more so. The good news is that there are a number of strategies that can help. Father’s Day is right around corner, and in honor of this special day, here are some communication tips to help […]
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Hearing Health - Tips for Hearing in Noisy Environments
7Jun, 2017

Tips for Hearing in Noisy Environments

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Tips for Hearing in Noisy Environments One of the most common ways that people begin to notice that they’re experiencing hearing loss is difficulty hearing in noisy environments. Whether you’re at a packed restaurant or a sports event, a lot of background noise can be a challenge when you have difficulty hearing. Hearing devices will help with hearing in noisy environments, but it can still be problematic, particularly when first starting out with hearing instruments. Thankfully, most hearing aids these days come equipped with settings or programs specifically designed to […]
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Hearing Health - 4 Ways to Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience
4Jun, 2017

4 Ways to Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

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Whether you are new to hearing aids, or you are an experienced wearer, one thing is undeniable: hearing aids have the ability to change your life and reconnect you to the world around you.  In recent years, hearing aid design has grown incredibly advanced. Many hearing aid models now offer wireless compatibility, allowing you to stream phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids. Speech recognition features assist you in conversation and help elucidate speakers’ voices even in noisy situations. Even with these advanced features, there are ways you […]
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Hearing Health - Training with Your Loved One's Voice Could Help Hearing Loss
18May, 2017

Training with Your Loved One’s Voice Could Help Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss has a tendency to make other problems worse, from depression to dementia. This is especially true in seniors, and as the American population ages, many fear that the negative effects of hearing loss will only increase. Hearing aids offer significant help for the hard of hearing, but less than half of those who could benefit from these devices actually wear them. Washington University Nancy Tye-Murray researcher is developing a program that could improve speech understanding for everyone with hearing loss, including those who don’t wear hearing aids.   […]
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