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Aug. 12, 2019

New Study Suggests Hearing Loss in Middle Age May Double Risk of Developing Dementia

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Hearing loss in middle age was found to be associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia later in life, according to a large study conducted in Taiwan published in JAMA Network Open on July 31st.   Using data from more than 16,000 men and women, researchers found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than
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Jul. 25, 2019

Missouri Governor Signs Statewide Hearing Aid Distribution Program Into Law

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed Senate Bill 101 into law. This measure will allow the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) to begin establishing a statewide hearing aid distribution program for low-income Missourians. Senate Bill 101 was Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed by the Missouri legislature on May 14, 2019.
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Jul. 23, 2019

An orchestral setup that Mozart would be proud of

Marshall Chasin
Although I have not seen Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart clinically for a couple of years, I know him well enough to know that he was ahead of his time, hated old conventions, and was always pushing the envelope to expand the music, especially when it came to the masses.   So, if Mozart were here today, how would he have changed
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Jul. 12, 2019

Loud Music is the Same as Stress, at the Molecular Level

Marshall Chasin
At the molecular level, the effects of loud noise and music, are the same as that of stress.    In both cases, during stress and loud noise exposure, calcium ions rush into the cell causing depolarization and cell death. What was flippantly referred to as the “mind/body connection” in the 1960s actually has a pretty solid physiological basis, at least
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Jul. 08, 2019

Why You Should Find A Hearing Loss Peer Group

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
It is hard to understand hearing loss until you have lived it — the mental fatigue that comes from listening all day, the debilitating impact of background noise, the frustration of non-working accessibility equipment. These are things people with hearing loss face on a daily basis. People with typical hearing — well, they just hear. This is why it is
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Jul. 06, 2019

What do Paris Hilton and Acoustics Have in Common?

Marshall Chasin
The Bernoulli effect is central to how we speak and it, at least in part, defines many of the characteristics of the speech spectrum input to hearing aids. Daniel Bernoulli was a member of a Bach-like family where several generations participated in the family business.   Of course for the Bernoullis, it was mathematics and physics, and not music that
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Jul. 02, 2019

Why You Should Love Your Audiologist

Gael Hannan
On your list of favorite people, your audiologist probably won’t make the Top 10. But he or she should be #11 or something close to it.   But maybe we should be talking about a different list – perhaps the Top 10 People Who Help Make My Life Better.   Studies show that around 20% of people who would benefit
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Jun. 26, 2019

Did You Know These 6 Causes of Tinnitus?

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Overall, nearly 50 million people in the U.S. experience tinnitus – the ringing, buzzing, or humming in your ear that only you can hear. While many of us experience this sensation after a concert or being exposed to other loud noises, it soon goes away. But for others, tinnitus is a common presence in their everyday lives, with its effects
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Jun. 15, 2019

Please Ask Me About My Hearing Loss

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
When I was growing up, my father never wanted to discuss his hearing loss. He was embarrassed and ashamed of not hearing. It was an unmentionable topic in my family which just perpetuated the stigma. When I emerged from my hearing loss closet almost 10 years ago, I wanted to do everything I could to crush that stigma. I sought to make
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Jun. 09, 2019

How Hearing Aids Work

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
How Hearing Aids Work: An Introduction Today’s digital hearing aids represent the marriage of cutting-edge hardware design and sophisticated software, yet their roots trace all the way back to the invention of the telephone and microphone.   The first large, bulky hearing aids circa the late 19th century barely resemble today’s tiny devices, but they still share some basic components