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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Health by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

The leaves are changing as October rolls into full swing. Along with the presence of pumpkins on doorsteps, and ghosts and ghouls on porches, October marks Protect Your Hearing Month. This National Campaign is led by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to raise awareness and educate about the risk loud noise poses to our ears. …

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All About Earwax

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Earwax has an undoubtable ick factor. If you see excess earwax in someone’s outer ear, it can be unsightly. When you need to clean your ears, you might find the process unpleasant. If you need to clean a child or elder’s earwax for them, you might experience an even greater ick factor. And yet, this substance is crucial to the …

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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

In Brain Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Test, Mental Health, Overall Health by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Launched in 2012, this global campaign raises awareness about dementia – a group of medical conditions that progressively deteriorates cognitive functions. 50 million people worldwide live with dementia, a number projected to rapidly increase. Alzheimer’s is the most common type, impacting up to 90% of people who experience dementia. Treating hearing loss can be an …

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Why People Avoid Treating Hearing Loss — and Why You Should Schedule a Hearing Test!

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Test by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Perhaps you have started to notice that your hearing isn’t what it used to be. You might have had a conversation with someone who is a soft speaker or a child who was more difficult to hear than you would expect. The difficulty might come from a certain context, such as a place with background noise. You might even find …

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For Women, Painkiller Use May Lead to Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Painkillers certainly have their place. Whether for a person recovering from surgery or for someone who has immediate and severe pain, these drugs can provide essential relief. Some painkillers, such as the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone, are highly addictive and should only be taken under a doctor’s guidance for a very short period of time. Despite knowing about these dangerous …

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Hearing Aids Are Found to Improve Depressive Symptoms

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

More than 30 million Americans report some type of hearing loss. It’s a condition that can contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially within our highly verbal world. Associated with more than a few negative health outcomes, undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can affect people mentally, physically and emotionally.  Despite a widespread acknowledgement that healthy hearing is an important …

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Head Injuries & Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

When we think of hearing loss, we most often default to hearing loss present from birth, or that acquired over time due to sound or aging. But in some cases, it is a sudden and traumatic event, like an accident, that produces hearing loss in a life. While these dramatic episodes are less common, we are finding out more about …

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Know Your Rights with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

It can be difficult to live with hearing loss in a world that seems to cater almost solely to the hearing population. Much of the communication between people, in your town city hall or at the bank and other commercial establishments tend to be very verbal. Perhaps you have even spent much of your life communicating verbally, but now have …

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How Loud is Too Loud for Kids

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Noise is a permanent feature in our lives these days. But for kids and teens, this noise could damage their hearing health. Children and teens have a lower threshold for hearing loss, and they are more susceptible to hearing loss than adults. Not only that, but they are often in noisy environments like crowded school hallways, loud band practice, or …

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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Did you know that both smoking and drinking have been linked to hearing loss? Age and noise exposure aren’t the only things that can harm your hearing health. Individuals who smoke every day or drink heavily also have a higher risk of hearing loss. Here’s everything you need to know about how smoking and drinking may affect hearing. Cigarette Smoking …