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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

When you think about cleaning your ears, one common tool might come to mind: a cotton swab. This probe seems to be perfectly suited to the shape and size of the ear canal, and indeed many people insert a cotton swab into the ear with the intention of cleaning out earwax. Despite this common lore, this tool is the cause of more harm than good.  …

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Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you might be making some mistaken assumptions about what they experience. Your imagination of life as a person with hearing loss might be off the mark, and those assumptions can lead to false expectations of your loved one. Let’s walk through some of the things that people with hearing loss wish you knew. Keeping these in …

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Seeking Hearing Loss Treatment Could Help Prevent or Delay Dementia

Dementia is a condition without a known cure, as of yet. Researchers are working tirelessly to discover the possibilities for preventing, slowing, stopping, or even reversing dementia, but no success has been established with total effectiveness. Part of the problem has to do with fragmented understanding of the causes of dementia. Although researchers have not been able to discover a cure, they have made remarkable …

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Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

The most common definition of investment is to allocate money with the expectation of a positive benefit in the future. However, investments come in many forms past monetary value. For instance, when people invest in the future, it simply means making some sacrifices in the present to reap rewards later. This could be in the form of time spent, relationships forged, or an investment in your …

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Tips for Virtual Communication from People with Hearing Loss

Virtual communication has been becoming more and more popular over the years. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 increased the use of virtual technology, making it into a standard of many workplaces, educational environments and even family gatherings. The beauty of normalizing these tools is that it makes meetings more accessible to people regardless of location. For those with limited mobility It has …

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All About Tinnitus

Do you ever find yourself settling down after a long and busy day only to hear a ringing in your ears when it’s finally time to rest? This is tinnitus and can often sound like a ring, buzz, woosh or hum that seems to be coming from no external source. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, tinnitus affects an estimated 32 percent of …

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

Approximately 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Whether you or a loved one has some difficulty hearing, you’ve probably noticed that the TV volume has been creeping louder and louder. After all, the speakers are on the other side of the room, and even mild hearing loss can make it extremely difficult to hear the TV. On-screen conversations happen quickly, and background …

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Veterans and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects 48 million people in the US causing chronic depression, strains on relationships, self-isolation, cognitive decline and a heightened risk for accidents if left untreated. One demographic that is most affected by hearing loss are Veterans. A 2017 study found that there were 1.16 million compensation recipients for hearing loss and 1.79 million disability compensation recipients for tinnitus, a related condition of hearing …

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Occupational Hearing Hazards

One of the most common places people are exposed to loud noise is in their work environment. Noisy workplaces are a significant contributor to hearing loss, a medical condition that impacts nearly 1 in 5 people. Also referred to as occupational hearing loss, impaired hearing reduces a person’s ability to absorb and process sound which produces a range of symptoms that can really disrupt daily …