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Hearing Loss & Cognitive Decline

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

It’s no secret: hearing loss is a part of getting older. While age-related hearing loss statistically begins around age 45, it’s usually not problematic until later in life. About 33% of people aged 65 – 74 have moderate or worse hearing loss, and about 50% of those over 75 do. Nearly 100% of centenarians have hearing loss, indicating that anyone …

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Tips for Communicating with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

If you’re new to hearing loss, you might be struggling to communicate with friends, family and colleagues. While working around your hearing loss to be effective at work or connect with the people in your life does present a new challenge, there are a few tips that can be extremely helpful when you’re adjusting to the realities of hearing loss. …

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Treating Hearing Loss Helps You Stay Socially Connected

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

One of the most dangerous consequences of leaving our hearing loss untreated is the increased risk of loneliness and social isolation. While the “loneliness in a crowd” feeling is common for those who can’t follow a conversation due to hearing loss, the potential subsequent prolonged state of loneliness is disastrous for health and well-being. Social isolation, where a person doesn’t …

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Nutrients That Boost Your Hearing Health

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

We know that just about everyone who lives long enough experiences some degree of hearing loss. Nearly 100% of centenarians have hearing loss. Recent research shows that there is likely a genetic component to all forms of hearing loss, including noise-induced hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean our hands are tied when it comes to protecting our hearing as best …

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All About Tinnitus

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Have you ever walked out of a loud environment such as a sporting arena, music venue, or even a restaurant and noticed your ears ringing? Although that sound was present in the loud environment, it might not have been noticeable until you stepped into the quieter outdoors. Perhaps you didn’t notice that sound until you laid your head on the …

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Veterans and Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Hearing loss has been a reality for many generations of U.S. military personnel. The fact of the matter is that military service puts a person in close proximity to light arms, bombs, aircraft and other heavy machinery. While in the presence of these monstrous sonic events, one still needs to be readily communicative to maintain the tight coordination required with …

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Communication At Work | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

In May of each year the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month. This year’s theme is “Communication at Work,” so let’s shine a light on some of the issues that can come up with our hearing loss in the workplace, and think about what we can do to mediate them. With many people in “non-essential” industries …

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Occupational Hearing Hazards

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

We are constantly surrounded by noise – alarm clocks, household appliances, music, TV, traffic, conversations etc. We typically absorb normal levels of these sounds but exposure to increased noise can be harmful and severe enough to impair hearing. There are a variety of factors that contribute to hearing loss including existing medical conditions, genetic history, and exposure to loud noise. …

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Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

We experience noise almost constantly. We may wake up with the sound of an alarm, drive through traffic, have numerous conversations, and listen to podcasts or music throughout the day. Our evenings may be filled with socializing in environments with background noise, watching television, talking on the phone etc. These noise levels are typically considered normal and are not harmful …

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Traveling can be stressful enough: packing, coordinating transportation, busy airports, long flights etc. Traveling with hearing loss can be overwhelming and you might feel more anxious than usual. But being proactive and protecting your hearing health, especially if you wear hearing aids, in all environments is important! By taking just a little more time to think about and plan for …