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10 tips to protecting your hearing

September 19, 2023

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only preventable cause of hearing loss. When exposed to loud sounds, it may feel like you are adjusting to them over time, but your ears and brain, unfortunately, will not. Once you lose your hearing from exposure to loud sounds, it will not recover (though it can usually be treated). Noise-induced hearing loss is typically gradual — by the time you notice it, it is often too late to prevent ...

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How common is hearing loss?

September 4, 2023

If you’re wondering how common hearing loss is, the research is plentiful and paints a crystal-clear picture: Hearing loss is highly prevalent. In fact, it is the third most common health issue for older adults.1 According to the World Health Organization, 20 percent of the global population, or 1.5 billion people, have hearing loss. That number is only rising, projected to reach 1.9 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by ...

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The future of wellness tracking is in the ear

August 17, 2023

Hearing is a vital part of our overall health and well-being, as it plays a key role in both our physical and mental health. But did you also know that the ear is one of the best and most accurate places to track movement and monitor our health? Even more so than the wrist, where many of today’s health and fitness trackers are worn. It’s true! Why ears are better for activity trackers ...

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Your odds of hearing loss double every decade of life

August 7, 2023

Hearing loss is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. In the United States, one in three people between 65 and 74 years of age have hearing loss. More alarming, the prevalence of hearing loss doubles for every decade of life. These sobering statistics underscore the importance of hearing healthcare and early intervention for older adults. While hearing loss might not seem all that serious, its implications ...

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Now hear this - hearing tests don't hurt

July 21, 2023

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of the word test. Going once... Going twice... Yeah, neither are we. Test. You almost feel sorry for the word itself. Just four letters but enough to shorten our breaths as our minds race to press that internal “postpone” button as fast as we can. Especially when it comes to medical tests — famous for the poking, prodding, and unfortunately for some of us, pain. Unless you’re ...

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Genesis AI hearing aids – a new beginning for better hearing

July 3, 2023

Imagine a hearing aid that can process sound the way it’s meant to be heard — clear and true to life. Designed to always be a step ahead, so you’re ready for anything. And with the all-day power to help ensure you don’t miss a moment of life happening around you. Now, picture starting each day with confidence in knowing you will stay informed, feel independent, and maintain connections with your friends, family ...

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Hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia

June 21, 2023

Did you know…that hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia? The evidence linking hearing loss to an increased risk of developing dementia keeps piling up. One Johns Hopkins study found that people with severe hearing loss are five times more at risk for developing dementia than people without hearing loss. Another one found that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent. So, why is hearing ...

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Where is the best place to get hearing aids?

June 7, 2023

Until recently, if you wanted to be treated for hearing loss or get hearing aids, you had one choice — see an audiologist or other licensed hearing care professional. Today, your options have gotten more complicated, with online-only retailers, big-box stores and, starting soon, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids you can buy at places like Walgreens and CVS. Here’s the thing, though — seeing a hearing professional is still the best way to be treated for hearing ...

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Hearing loss is linked to an increased risk for depression

May 19, 2023

Everyone has their reasons for why they do certain things. Big things, like why they follow a particular career path or live in a specific city. And small, like what they’re going to have for dinner or wear to work today. Most times, the reasons are numerous and nuanced. Other times, it’s a single, simple reason that triggers the decision — like that they have chicken they need to use before it goes bad ...

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Better Hearing Month is the best time to treat hearing loss

May 2, 2023

In 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. Their goal at the time was to raise awareness about speech and hearing challenges and — more importantly — encourage people to take action and treat their own hearing and speech problems. That mission is just as important today as it was then. Maybe more so. One reason why? Because if the past two years have taught us anything ...

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