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How Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Brain 

In Brain Health by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

In this age of puzzles, we are awash in games and apps that claim their challenges are the equivalent of a personal trainer for your brain. While deductive brain teasers can help fortify your cognitive skills, your cognitive health also relies on a surprising aspect of your wellbeing: your hearing health. Healthy hearing has an interesting and well-documented connection to …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

In Hearing Loss, Mental Health by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Hearing loss is a pervasive medical condition with significant effects that are often overlooked. Over 48 million people (nearly 1 in 5) experience some degree of hearing loss. Reduced capacity to hear and process sound strains communication which impacts relationships, social life, and job performance.  As an invisible condition, hearing loss can be an isolating experience. Its range of symptoms …

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Q&A About Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Though hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions that people navigate in the U.S., it is often underdiagnosed. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 29 million adults could benefit from using hearing aids. There are numerous misconceptions about hearing loss that prevent people from addressing the symptoms they may be …

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5 Tips for a Successful Virtual Family Reunion 

In Communication, Tips & Tricks by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

More people are planning on connecting with loved ones virtually for the upcoming holidays. Like most social activities this year, many family reunions will be moving online as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Virtual gatherings can be a great way to spend quality time with others and don’t have to be any less festive! There are several ways you …

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Brain Exercises Could Help You Hear in Noise

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

You know how hard it can be to differentiate speech from noise if you’ve ever had a conversation in a place with loud background music or other noise. Even with recent technical advances, it remains one of the most significant obstacles for hearing aid to help a patient discern speech in loud environments.  However, research is now pointing to the …

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Can Hearing Aids Be “Stylish”?

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

You might remember hearing aids of the past as bulky and not very stylish. However, keeping up with industry trends for electronic devices, major hearing aid manufacturers have produced sleek and sophisticated designs combined with cutting edge technology.  More young people are getting hearing loss As seen In the past few years, hearing loss is skewing younger. Statistics indicate that …

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Improving Communication with Your Family

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Being a family member grappling with the hearing loss of a loved one is hard. The inability to have just a conversation with someone you have spent most of your life talking to can be disheartening, isolating, and frustrating. Communication is the foundation of all relationships, and hearing loss directly undermines our ability to hold a regular and open dialogue.  …

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Earbud Use Could Harm Your Hearing

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Noise is so prevalent in our contemporary landscape that it’s hard sometimes to realize that we’re being exposed to potentially harmful noise levels, but all the same we are surrounded with sounds that could harm our hearing. In combination with a diet that can restrict blood flow, our cilia (the tiny, hair-like cells in the inner ear that convert the …

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Hearing Loss & Fatigue

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Anyone with hearing loss can tell you: hearing loss is exhausting. While some people who are new to hearing loss, especially age-related hearing loss, might assume that this fatigue is a separate, age-related condition, it will go away if the hearing loss is treated with hearing aids. Pretty cool, right? Listening Fatigue Listening fatigue happens to everyone. It’s probably happened …

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Everyday Activities That Could Harm Your Hearing

In Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

There are about 48 million people in America today who suffer from hearing loss. About 15% of people over the age of 18 report that they have trouble hearing. While age-related hearing loss is expected to reduce our hearing ability at some point in our lives, we don’t need to add to it with noise-induced hearing loss. The better we …