Hearing loss can Cause Communication Failures in Medical Setting

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Medical errors are higher among older patients and failure in clinical communication is considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study reported that improved … Read More

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Hearing loss facts

More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need hearing help fail to do so. Hearing loss population is growing. Here are some startling facts about hearing loss to consider: Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have … Read More

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Movies theaters and hearing loss

Going to the movies can be challenging for people with hearing loss. Two challenges are the sound in the movie theater can be deafeningly loud and the dialogue too soft. If you have access to be able to change programs on your hearing aids, a program, to cut down background noise can be set aggressively to help. Or, you might … Read More

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Ringing in the Ears? Understanding Tinnitus

For many, there are no sounds of silence.  Instead, even the quietest of moments, such as sleep, can be filled with buzzing, humming or ringing sounds.  This unfortunate condition is called tinnitus and, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, it has affected nearly 25 million Americans to date.   Presently, no treatments are available to cure … Read More

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Tips for flying with Hearing Aids

Wear your hearing aids when you fly. Wearing them insures you have them with you. Also, traveling can have many difficult listening environments and it will be easier to hear directions, announcements, and important information with your hearing aids on. Keep hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag. There could be unexpected delays, layovers, and more. Having your batteries, cleaning … Read More

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Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 2

Your hearing loss doesn’t have to put you at a disadvantage during an emergency. With community support, planning and preparation, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll stay safe and informed during any emergency. Create an emergency network: friends, family, caregivers, neighbors or a coworker pick at least two people that everyone can communicate with during an emergency and … Read More

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Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1 Everyone should have an emergency / disaster plan. However, most don’t include hearing loss or their hearing aids. Between blizzards, wildfires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes there is no place in the country safe from potentially devastating natural disasters. Different disasters have different plans. Earthquakes, you might want to Velcro your hearing aids … Read More

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Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

That new hearing aid means better hearing and a better quality of life. No more straining to understand a conversation and less anxiety about social and even family interactions. But it’s important to remember there is going to be a period of adjustment. Your voice is going to sound loud and maybe hollow and a little odd. You will hear ... Read More
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Hearing test

Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem in the U.S, according to WebMD. Hearing loss is also very treatable – and more successful when started early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, why not find out for sure? If you think you do not have a hearing loss it’s still a good idea to get tested. … Read More

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Things to Consider When Selecting Hearing Aids

Who doesn’t love new technology? If you’re in the market for new hearing aids, this is an exciting time to be looking. With constantly new models and features being unveiled by major hearing aid manufacturers, there is a lot to consider when choosing hearing aids. Here are a few things to consider when you are selecting new hearing aids. If … Read More

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