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May. 20, 2019

Hearing Loss Prevention and Music

Marshall Chasin
Of the many causes of permanent hearing loss, the one that is most preventable is noise and music exposure.  Although music and noise appear to be quite different; one being a good thing and the other, less good, both have a similar (but not identical) effect on our hearing. Although recent research have unveiled several parameters that can affect one’s
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May. 14, 2019

Why hearing aids ≠ glasses

I understand why people often compare hearing aids to glasses. After all, they are both worn on the head and each helps to compensate for a sensory loss by improving the flow of signals to the brain. While I find the comparison helpful in battling the hearing aid stigma (e.g. glasses are socially acceptable, so hearing aids should be, also),
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May. 13, 2019

How to Talk with a Person Who Has Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
Is there a person with hearing loss in your family? If so, then you know all about what to do —and what not to do— for effective communication, right? Are you a person with hearing loss in a family where everyone else is hearing? If so, you know how difficult it is for your family members to remember and carry
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May. 07, 2019

My Hearing Aids Boost My Confidence

My left ear has been acting up — increased pressure from seasonal allergies led to excess fluid, making my hearing aid unwearable for a few days until my ear dries out. It is a frustrating situation — I can’t hear on one side so I feel lopsided and out-of the-flow. It is hard to tell where sounds originate and the
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May. 04, 2019

Study: Symptoms of memory loss could actually be signs of a hearing problem

Alzheimer’s disease is a common concern for elderly populations and their loved ones. A recent study shows that, for those who have concerns about developing Alzheimer’s disease, a hearing test would be a big benefit. Why? The symptoms of memory loss could actually be signs of a hearing problem or hearing loss. The study, which was conducted at Baycrest, studied
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May. 01, 2019

10 Good Reasons to Use Hearing Aids

Gael Hannan
Are hearing aids lower on your grocery list than, say, brussels sprouts or garbage bags? Even though a health professional has confirmed that you will benefit from hearing aids, do you keep putting off actually getting them?  If so, you’re not alone – studies show that only 20% of people who need hearing aids, actually use one. Your family doctor
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Apr. 25, 2019

Understanding Meniere’s Disease

Brady Workman
What is Meniere’s Disease? Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear, which causes episodes of vertigo, imbalance, fluctuating hearing loss, pressure in the ear, and tinnitus (noises) in ones ear. An episode of Meniere’s disease can last for minutes, up to many hours in duration. Meniere’s disease most often affects only one ear and often individuals will perceive
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Apr. 12, 2019

How to Handle Hearing Loss in the Workplace

It was my first meeting with the new CEO of a large retail company and he was clearly under the weather. His eyes were watery, he was coughing and his voice was weaker than usual. “I’ll sit across the table from you,” he said, “so I don’t get you sick.” This was a thoughtful gesture, but as I sized up
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Mar. 31, 2019

Immune System May Protect Against CMV-Induced Hearing Loss, Study Finds

The best weapon for curing herpes-induced hearing loss may be in our own bodies, a recent study found. The findings, published in PLOS Pathogen, suggest that immune system cells, referred to as “natural killers” (NK), may play a protective role against hearing loss caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is a strain of the herpes virus that can exist as a
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Mar. 19, 2019

Occupational Health Hazard? Rock n’ Roller Develops Hearing Loss

Not the first rock n’ roller to suffer from hearing problems, and he won’t be the last: Sugar Ray’s lead singer Mark McGrath recently announced that the decades spent on the stage have finally taken its toll…on his hearing. Musicians are often hit with hearing loss and disorders — one might be able to say it’s a known occupational hazard.