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Hearing Aid Types Explained

Hearing loss affects nearly half of all people over age 65 and most people lose some ability to hear after age 70. 

Hearing aids can restore your quality of life by giving you increased sound perception in noisy environments, allowing you to once again enjoy music, conversations, and other sounds you had to struggle to hear before.

With so many hearing aid options available, choosing the right one can be difficult. 

Read on to learn more about the three major types of hearing aids, behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, and completely-in-canal, and learn how they differ from one another.

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Loud Noises: How Much Does it Take to Cause Hearing Loss?

The human body can do amazing things. It has an innate ability to adapt to changes in environmental conditions including temperature, amount of light, and more. 

However, there’s a limit.

When we expose our ears to excessive amounts of noise, our bodies cannot adapt quickly enough. 

Over time this exposure can cause permanent damage to the ears, such as sensorineural hearing loss.

But how loud is too loud? Read on to find out.

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What Level of Hearing Loss is Considered a Disability?

Does any level of hearing loss automatically mean you’re disabled? 

That’s a question we answered in one of our recent posts, 8 Questions About Hearing Loss You’re Too Afraid To Ask. Since then, we’ve gotten a few more questions on the topic so we wanted to answer them more in-depth.

As we noted in that piece: the link between hearing loss and disability is a complicated topic because of the amount of nuance in terminology that’s involved.

That’s why we’re going to dive deeper into the topic of hearing loss as it relates to disabilities. 

We’ll be defining terminology, explaining the difference between a disability and a handicap, as well as what your next best steps might be if you think you qualify for supplemental income as a result of hearing loss.

First, let’s get our definitions straight.

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Ear Cleaning 101: Everything You Wanted to Know

When it comes to ears, there’s one odd topic that people never seem to get sick of: earwax.

The internet has once again been inundated by earwax removal products, viral videos of people with candles in their ears, and the like.

Here at Vibe, we’re all about busting myths so this week we’re going to be covering everything with earwax. What is it, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

Let’s dig in. (sorry, we couldn’t resist)

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What is Listening Fatigue?

Have you ever wondered why you can feel mentally tired or drained after a long conversation? It doesn’t seem like you should be tired yet you are.

You might be experiencing listening fatigue.

This week, we will be talking about what listening fatigue is, what its causes are, and how to reduce its occurrence.

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4 More Myths About Hearing Aids

There are a lot of myths about hearing aids and hearing loss that persist to this day that simply aren’t true. 

Vibe is here to bust them! A few months ago, we tackled six other myths a few months back like being too sensitive to noise or that they’re just for old people.

Now we’re back for more. 

Read on for the real answers behind some of the most common objections or myths about hearing loss.

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8 Questions About Hearing Loss You’re Too Afraid To Ask

Asking questions about health-related things can be difficult, especially if you think that you should know it already.

Many of my patients first turn to Google to find out the answer to these questions which can only make things worse. For instance, the last time I searched for what aches and a fever could mean, I was given everything from “it’s just a cold” to “you have malaria” which is a bit of a wide range.

There’s so much conflicting information and access to information available now that we thought we’d spend this week talking about 8 common questions we get all the time from patients.

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How to Talk With a Family Member or Friend About Their Hearing

If there’s someone in your life that is dealing with hearing loss, it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation.

In most cases, you likely already can identify that they have hearing loss. You already know there's a problem and if you’re on this blog, you already know what the potential solutions are.

In this post, we will walk you through how to approach this topic in a thoughtful, considerate way that leads to a conversation rather than an argument.

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How to Support your Hearing with Lifestyle and Diet Changes

Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) raises awareness about communication disorders for Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).

In recognition of BHSM, we’ll be talking about lifestyle and diet changes you can make to better support your hearing health.

This post will focus on different diet and lifestyle changes that you can make to prevent hearing loss. 

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6 Reasons Not to Give Up on Your Hearing Aid

Using hearing aids for the first time isn’t an instantaneous improvement. 

Getting the most out of them takes two things: time and patience. 

If you’re frustrated with your hearing aids and thinking about getting rid of them, here are 8 reasons why maybe you shouldn’t give up just yet.

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