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Working with Hearing Loss

Did you know that about 60% of the people who work in the U.S. have trouble hearing? Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S., affecting around 48 million people. One in three people over the age of 65 has hearing loss, and half of those over 75 have hearing loss. At the same time, Americans …

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Avoiding Hearing Tests Could Make the Problem Much Worse

When we first get the idea that hearing loss might be a problem, we might do a number of different things. Some people try to get help as soon as possible because they want to be able to talk again and fully participate in the sound world. Others don’t want to get help for a variety of personal reasons, and …

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Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

Hearing loss is a common, hidden condition. Hearing loss causes obstacles that are not evident to others. As a result, we must pay special attention to individuals who must work extra hard to communicate and participate in everyday conversations about which we know little.  If we keep alert and educated, we may employ communication strategies that assist individuals dealing with …

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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has become the fastest-growing health concern in the US. When we think of our hearing, we don’t seem to incorporate it into our overall health program as one would when it comes to the health of our heart or eyesight, or blood pressure. Myths about hearing loss are prevalent and need to be debunked. To encourage you to …

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Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

Hospital care for older patients can be complex for various reasons, but one thing that’s been pointed out in medical literature recently is the difficulty posed by hearing loss. Effective medical treatment can be difficult or impossible when the patient has untreated hearing loss. Even more than we might guess, medical care relies on the dialogue between the patient, nurses, …

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Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

If you have a family member or friend who has hearing loss, you may ask yourself: What does it sound like for them? What is it like for them to communicate with others? And what is it like for them to hear their voices? It’s not just the obvious things you might wonder about, such as how it feels for …

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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

We have a lot of misconceptions about hearing loss. In some cases, this is because we don’t know much about the topic. In others, it’s because there are things that come along with hearing loss that people sometimes prefer not to talk about. Since hearing loss is so common in our society and since we want to help you understand …

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Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

The settings where we receive medical care are often noisy, bustling, and stressful. Overlapping conversations, beeping monitors, and PA announcements create a din of background noise. It can be hard to have one-on-one conversations, particularly for patients with hearing loss. How does this fact impact the quality of care that hard-of-hearing patients receive? Jan Blustein, professor of health policy and …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Communication is the most important ingredient in any relationship. Those who can communicate effectively are happier and tend to have successful relationships, whereas those who don’t aren’t so lucky. But what if you could enhance your communication skills? That’s where hearing aids come in. Recent studies have shown that wearing a hearing aid makes it easier for a person to …