How to prevent hearing loss during football season
6Nov, 2015

The Risk of Fandom on Your Hearing Health

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The Risk of Fandom on Your Hearing Health   The whisper of a human voice is 30 decibels (dB), which you may not hear if you are experiencing a moderate level of hearing loss. On the other hand, the cheering of sports fans at a stadium clocks in at 110 dB, which may cause damage to your hearing after lengthy exposure. If you are a music lover, note that listening to your favorite band in small venue exposes you to 110 dB of sound, while a larger rock concert measures […]
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5 Ways Hearing Aids will improveyour life
28Oct, 2015

5 Ways Hearing Aids Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

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5 Ways Hearing Aids Will Dramatically Improve Your Life   Hearing loss often does not occur in a singular moment in time. Slowly, over years, you may begin to notice changes in your experience and how you are receiving information and interacting with the world around you. Conversations may be difficult, with some words muffled at first. Over time, you may find strains in relationships with your loved ones, friends, and colleagues. You may find, more often than not, that you’ve declined invitations for social engagements and would prefer to […]
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Portland halloween events 2015
21Oct, 2015

Fun Halloween Events in Portland, OR 2015

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Halloween Events, Portland OR Looking for something to do this Halloween in Portland? In the next two weeks, the city comes alive with a series of Halloween-themed events! There’s something spooky waiting for everyone. Here are our top picks:   La Muerta Baila at Milagro Theatre:   Until October 31, the Milagro (Miracle) Theater celebrates Dia de los Muertos with the production of La Muerta Baila. As Portland’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization, this play will not disappoint. Written and directed by Rebecca Martinez, the play takes place on […]
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Safety of ear candling
14Oct, 2015

Ear Candling: Healthy or Hoax?

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In a word, hoax. To be more specific, ear candling’s widespread popularity, within alternative medicine and beyond, is mostly a triumph of marketing. The murky origins of ear candling have been attributed to cultures such as China, ancient Tibet, and Egypt – even the mythical Atlantis. One manufacturer, Biosun, markets their products as the Hopi Ear Candle, despite repeated requests from the Hopi Tribal Council to remove the name, citing that Hopi medicine uses no such process. Biosun has refused.   Why is ear candling popular? Ear candling’s popularity may […]
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30Sep, 2015

Adapting to New Hearing Aids: Easing the Transition

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Adapting to New Hearing Aids: Easing the Transition First, congratulations are in order. You’ve taken a major step toward enhancing your life by testing your hearing, treating your hearing loss, and getting fitted for a hearing aid. Often times, it takes people an average of seven years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they decide to seek treatment. Regardless of your own time frame, you may have noticed that everything sounds and feels different now with your new hearing aid. Like everything new, adapting […]
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Dementia & Hearing Loss_ Is there a link?
21Sep, 2015

Dementia and Hearing Loss: Is there a Link?

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Dementia and Hearing Loss: Is there a Link? Contrary to popular belief, hearing does not happen in the ear, but actually occurs in the brain. When sound waves enter your outer ear, it travels through your ear canal and is amplified in the middle ear and sent on to the inner ear, where the sound waves are translated by inner ear hair cells into signals that are sent to the brain to be processed. When a person experiences hearing loss, one or more steps in this process malfunction, which leads […]
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Hearing Loops in Portland
9Sep, 2015

Looped Venues Near Portland, OR

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Venues in Portland, Oregon with Induction Loops Systems In recent years, there has been a push toward installing induction loops, or hearing loops, in Portland’s public venues. As leaders of this movement to install hearing loops, the Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) meets at the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in a room that is fitted with a loop. To attend the meetings or become a member, visit http://hearinglossor.org/portland/. Venues with hearing loops are fitted with a wire that encompasses the space and transmits sounds directly […]
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why hearing aids not covered by medicare
20Aug, 2015

Medicare and Hearing Aids: Why Aren’t They Covered?

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Though it is an invisible condition, untreated hearing loss is slowly growing into a national epidemic, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). With “one third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over age 75” experiencing hearing loss, it has become the third most common physical affliction affecting Americans. There is an estimated 48 million adults in the US – approximately 20% of the population – experiencing some degree of hearing loss.   Coincidentally, a similar number of people […]
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tinnitus and hearing aid solutions
8Aug, 2015

Tinnitus Solutions and Hearing Aids

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Tinnitus Solutions and Hearing Aids Tinnitus has long evaded researchers and audiologists of a cure, and often times, a cause. In some cases, tinnitus is a symptom of a larger health issue and has been linked to hearing loss, head and neck injury, nerve damage, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, Meniere’s disease, as well as high blood pressure and diabetes, to name a few. Tinnitus often has debilitating effects on daily life, causing lack of sleep or cases of dizziness and vertigo during waking hours.  Perhaps the first step to alleviating […]
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types of tinnitus explained
5Aug, 2015

What are the different types of tinnitus? Understanding Tinnitus Part II

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What are the different types of tinnitus?   In Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Dr. Oliver Sacks writes of a patient: “Given her deafness, the auditory part of the brain, deprived of its usual input, had started to generate a spontaneous activity of its own, and this took the form of musical hallucinations, mostly musical memories from her earlier life. The brain needed to stay incessantly active, and if it was not getting its usual stimulation, it would create its own stimulation in the form of hallucinations.”   […]
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