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Tips for Better Hearing in Noise 

In Hearing Aids, Tips & Tricks by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

Communication can be difficult in noisy environments, even for hearing aid wearers. The presence of background noise can muffle sound, making it challenging to hear clearly. Identifying words, complex sounds, and following an entire conversation becomes harder to do. Background noise provides your brain with competing sound to process, distracting from focusing on the conversation you are having.   People may …

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Tips for Successful Virtual Family Reunions

In Communication, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

In previous years, your family members may have traveled from far-flung places in order to get together for the annual year-end reunion. After extensive travel, it is a pleasure to get together for a meal, to catch up with one another, and to have some holiday cheer.  This year will likely be different for most families. Virtual meetings will be …

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How Hearing Loss May Affect Your Job

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

The new era of telecommunication brings with it new challenges for those with hearing loss and impairment. With the shift to remote work, learning, and socializing, our lives are increasingly lived while interfacing with screens and headphones, and the videoconferencing media environment can be disorienting for anyone.  Along with the increase in remote engagement comes a whole host of new …

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Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

In Hearing Aids by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

Although it might come as a surprise, hearing loss has a relationship with cognitive decline. These two conditions seem to be completely distinct, one located in the ears and the other located in the brain. How can such different conditions be related in this way? Researchers have been asking the same questions. Many studies have demonstrated the statistical relationship between …

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Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

Stress seems to be a ubiquitous factor leading to nearly any health problem imaginable. This nebulous category is something that we have all experienced from time to time, but it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what happens in the body when we are stressed out.  Some of the statistics about stress suggest that there is a relationship with capitalist development; higher …

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Falls & Accidents Are More Likely with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

According to a recent study, the risks of hearing loss might be more extensive than we thought. Although we already know that hearing loss is related to higher rates of physical health problems, mental health problems, cognitive decline, and social isolation, this recent study adds a new dimension by considering accidents and injuries.  These other correlations have to do with …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Hearing Health by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

With nearly 50 people million people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it is no surprise that researchers are fast at work trying to understand more about what causes these conditions, how they might be prevented, and if there is even a possibility of a cure or a way to slow down cognitive decline once it has begun. …

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Strange Causes of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

When we talk to people about hearing loss, we often discuss noise-related and age-related hearing damage, the most common causes of permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss can be brought on by many other factors – from impacted earwax to diabetes to head injuries. Here are a few unexpected sources of potential hearing loss: Shingles Shingles is a painful reactivation of …

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Undertreated & Undiagnosed Age-Related Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

Hearing loss is the third most common health condition among aging adults. Age related hearing loss is the gradual impairment, or reduced ability, to hear over time. Though it is prevalent, impaired hearing can easily be ignored and untreated. This is particularly impactful for older adults whose health is more at risk. It is important to be aware of the …

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How to Prevent Hearing Loss & Reduce Its Impact

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Janiece Dickenson, HIS

Losing your hearing can begin at any age. The number of Americans with the condition between 45 and 64 years has significantly increased since 1971, based on figures from the National Academy on Aging and Society. But much more often, it is in older adults: about 40 percent of America’s 20 million sufferers are 65 years old or older. Preventing …