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Improving Cognitive Functioning with Hearing Aids

Improving Cognitive Functioning with Hearing Aids

Your brain pretty much controls all the activity going on in your body, whether you are awake or asleep. Hearing loss can significantly hamper cognitive abilities due to the additional burden placed on it to decipher the limited sound signals coming through hearing-impaired ears. This is why it is important to wear hearing aids to help keep your brain functioning to the best of its ability.

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New Research Regarding Hearing Loss

New Research Regarding Hearing Loss

Latest research findings from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Midwinter Meeting have promising news for those with hearing loss. The conference included a wide array of information regarding the most current research, one of the primary topics being hearing loss.

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Keeping your Hearing Devices Clean

Keeping your Hearing Devices Clean

Hearing aids are a joy to have around since they enable us to hear the sweet sounds of our everyday life. To keep them functioning at their optimal level, it is important that we take good care of them and clean them on a regular basis.

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Heal Your Relationships by Healing Your Hearing Loss

Heal Your Relationships by Healing Your Hearing Loss

Presbycusis is the name given to hearing loss that is sustained as a result of advanced age and affects a vast number of Americans. Although hearing loss can affect anyone at any point in their lives, presbycusis can be exceptionally challenging due to several other changes that occur in one’s life as a result of aging.

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Improve Your Sleep despite Tinnitus

Improve Your Sleep despite Tinnitus

The constant sensation of a ringing or buzzing sound within the ears in the absence of any external stimulus is known as tinnitus. It can be a symptom of an underlying hearing problem and is often known to cause sleep disruption. Tinnitus does not need to continue disturbing your sleep; these recommendations can help you sleep better despite having tinnitus.

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Noise Deteriorates Hearing

Noise Deteriorates Hearing

When we think of leading a healthy life we never quite think about taking care of our hearing. Our sense of hearing is one of the things we generally tend to take for granted, and many times we do not even realize we have a hearing problem until it is too late. We live in a noisy world these days and are constantly bombarded with loud sounds that can damage our hearing.

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Working with the Risk of Hearing Loss

Working with the Risk of Hearing Loss

People are often exposed to loud noises over a prolonged period of time at certain work environments. This can cause serious damage to the ears and result in hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is actually the most prevalent form of injuries endured in the workplace.

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Protecting Your Brain from Hearing Loss

Protecting Your Brain from Hearing Loss

Recent research indicates that hearing loss has an impact on cognitive abilities. The Columbia University Medical Center conducted a study that tested the cognitive functioning of hearing impaired elderly adults through the use of cognitive tests.

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Fitting Into Your Hearing Devices

Fitting Into Your Hearing Devices

The process of getting hearing aids fitted to perfection can take anywhere between an hour to two hours. Getting your hearing aids fitted can be an exciting new beginning for your hearing experience as you slowly begin to hear sounds that you may not have heard in a very long time. With so much to gain from obtaining hearing aids, it is surprising that people wait for as long as 7-10 years before they finally obtain hearing instruments to rectify their hearing loss.

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Contributors to Sensorineural Loss of Hearing

Contributors to Sensorineural Loss of Hearing

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most commonly diagnosed type of hearing damage. It accounts for at least 90% of all types of hearing damage. This particular type of hearing loss occurs when damage occurs to the inner ear, specifically to the cochlea or the neural pathways that transport sound impulses from the ear towards the brain.

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Hearing Devices through the Years

Hearing Devices through the Years

Hearing aids have been used in various shapes and sizes across the centuries. The first hearing instruments to make their presence felt in history were the ear trumpets. These devices were the early predecessor of modern-day hearing aids and originated around the year 1650. They became popular in the 1700s and continued to be in use until as recent as the 1960s.

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Staying Active with Hearing Loop Systems

Staying Active with Hearing Loop Systems

When we think of hearing loss, seldom do we think of yoga. Yasa Yoga in California is the only yoga studio located in the Western United States that utilizes a hearing loop system. Thomas Kaufmann, a yoga enthusiast and owner of OTOjOY, encouraged the implementation of this system to aid hearing-impaired individuals during yoga classes.

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Vestibular Disorders and Treatment Methods

Vestibular Disorders and Treatment Methods

In the United States, around ninety million Americans (accounting for around 42% of the population) experience some sensation of loss of equilibrium, faintness, or vertigo at some point in their lifetime. The elderly population’s leading cause of serious injuries or even death is due to falls caused by loss of equilibrium. People aged 65 and above most frequently visit their doctors due to feelings of dizziness.

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Dealing Effectively with Tinnitus

Dealing Effectively with Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the constant ringing or buzzing sensation within the ears. It can be a frustrating condition to deal with but you can take active steps at home to relieve some of the symptoms. It is important to remember that home remedies are only temporary solutions; for long term relief ask your doctor about obtaining hearing aids.

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Depression Related to Hearing Loss

Depression Related to Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is unfortunately one of those ailments which often goes untreated for years on end, despite modern technologies that have made hearing aids more discreet and efficient. According to a study presented during a conference at the American Psychological Association, experiencing hearing loss has been linked to an increased likelihood of developing depression and anxiety.

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Checking Your Hearing Abilities

Checking Your Hearing Abilities

People often have trouble admitting to having hearing impairment, especially when they are not particularly old. It is important to remember that hearing loss can occur at any age for a number of reasons, thus it is important to check your hearing periodically to ensure that you are not suffering from hearing loss so that if you are, you can rectify it in time.

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Recognizing Hearing Difficulties

Recognizing Hearing Difficulties

Over time, those sounds that were once crystal clear to us slowly turn into inaudible murmurs. This may be a result of hearing loss. When you feel that all the people around you appear to be mumbling and you constantly need to ask them to speak up, it may be time to get your hearing tested.

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Choosing a Single or Double Hearing Aid

Choosing a Single or Double Hearing Aid

In today's day and age, hearing loss need no longer pose a problem. Modern hearing devices provide a magnificent solution to your hearing difficulties. Hearing loss can take place in one ear or both ears, but it is advisable to wear hearing aids in both ears to get a more uniform hearing experience.

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Hearing Loss can Affect Your Enjoyment of the Holidays

Hearing Loss can Affect Your Enjoyment of the Holidays

The holidays can always be stressful – what with shopping for presents then wrapping them and writing greeting cards, followed by visits to numerous food shops with stressed out shoppers fighting over the last turkey!

However for those suffering from hearing loss, the real challenge is entertaining family and friends who come over for the holidays. For individuals with hearing loss the festive season can be a very isolating time, even if you have a house full of guests.

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Kienholz Coffee Talk

Kienholz Coffee Talk

Maybe you know how it feels to be on the "sidelines" at social gatherings. It gets embarrassing to ask others to repeat. Or you watch TV and others complain it's too loud and you end up not understanding.

You are actually listening harder than anyone else, but the words you hear don't make sense. (It's just like playing Wheel of Fortune all day long, but with live conversation!) Our brain is receiving incomplete words, with vital parts missing. We could be in the midst of a sea of laughter and smiling faces and still feel alone.

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