Hearing Health - Caffeine May Impair Recovery from Temporary Hearing Loss
8Oct, 2017

Caffeine May Impair Recovery from Temporary Hearing Loss

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The debate about coffee is on-going. Every year, there are studies that claim coffee is good for you and there are studies that claim coffee is bad for you. For some, the morning cannot possibly begin with coffee, while others rely on a boost in the middle of the afternoon. One new study does not make any sweeping claims about caffeine, but it does hone in on one particular aspect of your health: your hearing. From McGill University Health Centre, researchers have found that “daily consumption of caffeine can impair […]
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Hearing Health - Hearing Loss & Fatigue
18Sep, 2017

Hearing Loss and Fatigue

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Untreated hearing loss has long been linked to a range of health problems, as revealed by medical studies concerning areas such as dementia, balance, heart disease, and depression. After all, hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in the United States, affecting 48 million Americans, and one in three people over the age of 60. Approximately 60% of the workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. A new link has been found between hearing loss and fatigue, which may affect daily activities of people who are experiencing changes […]
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Hearing Health - 4 Inspirational People with Hearing LossAdd heading
13Sep, 2017

4 Inspirational People with Hearing Loss

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At the third most common medical condition in the United States, hearing loss affects approximately 48 million Americans. Hearing loss is not a new condition – in fact, it has affected people for centuries. Then, as now, being hard of hearing has not stopped anyone from living full, rich lives. Today we take a look at five inspirational people who are (or were) hard of hearing and their achievements. Helen Keller Helen Keller once famously said: “Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people.” Born in 1880, Helen […]
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Hearing Health - Safety with Hearing Loss- Portland Distributes Special Smoke Alarms
9Sep, 2017

Safety with Hearing Loss: Portland Distributes Special Smoke Alarms

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – this old adage has played a huge part in home safety. These days, almost every home has a smoke detector, and the loud warning it emits has helped countless people escape harm. But standard smoke detectors have their limits, especially for households where one or more occupant has hearing loss. Hearing loss, especially profound hearing loss can make even the loudest detector alarm go unnoticed, especially if the person with hearing loss is asleep. Fortunately, adaptive alarms have been designed with hearing loss in […]
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Hearing Health - Hearing Loss - The Most Common Workplace Injury
28Aug, 2017

Hearing Loss: The Most Common Workplace Injury

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 22 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace every year, making hearing loss the most common work-related injury in the US. Workers in the mining sector are most likely to suffer hearing loss, followed by those who work in construction and manufacturing. Noise-induced hearing loss can be serious and disabling, and the Labor Department estimates that US businesses spend over 242 million dollars annually to compensate workers for their hearing loss disability claims. The […]
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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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