How Can Farmers Protect Their Hearing?

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What professions do you think of when you hear the term “occupational hearing loss”? Many think of construction workers and military personnel. Other professionals at risk of this type of hearing loss are farmers. In fact, according to one study, farmers are frequently exposed to excessive noise, ranking among the top three occupations and industries
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How Allergies May Affect Your Hearing

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When most people think of allergy symptoms, they think of itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and a headache. However, some people also experience hearing loss. We review the connection between allergies and hearing loss below. How Do Allergies Occur Your immune system’s job is to protect your body from diseases, viruses and bacteria. However, sometimes it
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Can Bugs Help Scientists Improve Hearing Aids?

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You might think that spider lurking in your kitchen or the fly buzzing in your face at Mueller Park is nothing but a nuisance. However, researchers see them as helpful in unlocking the secrets to better hearing aids. Helping Hearing Aids Locate Sounds While hearing aids improve your ability to perceive sounds in any environment,
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How Hearing Loss Can Isolate You & Make You Feel Lonely

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There’s one thing that’s for sure about this pandemic: it’s been a lonely time. This is especially true for people with hearing loss, for whom communication is made especially difficult due to masks blocking speech and preventing lipreading, physical distance making communication more difficult and the move to virtual platforms resulting in sound distortion. Research
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Is Hearing Loss Preventing You from Hearing the World Around You?

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People with normal hearing can perceive sounds at frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz. If you start to develop hearing loss, that range begins to narrow. Because hearing loss is frequently gradual, it can take years before you realize you are experiencing it. The earlier hearing loss can be identified and treated, the better your
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Everything You Need to Know About Viral Causes of Hearing Loss

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Many viruses cause unpleasant, but ultimately mild symptoms like a sore throat, cough and runny nose. A few days spent resting at home and getting soup brought to you from Plates and Palates should be enough to have you on the mend. However, other viruses are much more serious and have the potential to cause
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Hearing Better for the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us, and for many, that means an increase in social gatherings. Whether it’s family get-togethers or a visit to the Dickens’ Festival, this is the season for spending quality time with those we love.  While these gatherings bring much joy, they can also be stressful. This is especially true if you
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What Does an Audiologist Do?

Audiologists are experts in the auditory system. This means that not only do they diagnose and treat hearing loss, they’re also able to evaluate and manage tinnitus and vestibular (balance) problems. Below we review everything audiologists do, what kind of training they have and how they differ from other hearing professionals. What Audiologists Do Audiologists
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How to Clean Your Hearing Aid Properly

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Hearing aids are a significant investment, both financially and in terms of time spent getting them adjusted to meet your exact hearing needs. Because of this, it’s important to take good care of them to ensure they stay in working order. Below we review how to properly clean your hearing aids so they provide years
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When to Have Your Hearing Tested & Why It’s Important

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You already know that hearing loss can impact your ability to communicate with others, but did you know untreated hearing loss is associated with depression, anxiety, injurious falls and cognitive decline? Fortunately, studies show that wearing hearing aids can delay a diagnosis of these conditions. Below we review when you should have your hearing tested
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