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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 …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

It’s officially May, and that means it’s time to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month! Each May, people from around the country come together to talk about communication disorders that make it harder to speak or hear. Difficulty communicating can come between you and your loved ones, and lower your quality of life. This year’s theme is Building Connections, and …

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A Link Between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

There are many causes of hearing loss including exposure to loud noise, head trauma, some medications and old age. However, there are other risks that are less obvious. Researchers are finding a heightened risk of hearing loss for those with Diabetes. What Exactly is Diabetes? Diabetes is an issue with the way the body processes the nutrients from food. The …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

Your hearing aids are amazing devices. Not only do they amplify your hearing, but the newest hearing aids can minimize background noise, tune out tinnitus and change listening programs based on your location. These amazing devices are with you every day, from the moment you get out of bed from the time you go to sleep, so it’s no wonder …

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A Brief History of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Dr. Jason Leyendecker

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 466 million people or about 5.5% of the population suffers from some degree of hearing loss. While this number is estimated to rise due to increase in population and more exposure to loud noises, among other factors hearing loss is not a new issue for humans. One of the greatest factors is that …