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Bryan Grover, Contributor

Not Enough People Use Hearing Aids, Here’s Why

For most of our lives, we take our hearing for granted.

Because it’s such an automatic process, we rarely notice how much it impacts every aspect of our lives from socializing to navigating, even our energy levels.

That is, until we start to lose it. 

Even then, a lot of people are hesitant to do anything but try to cope with it rather than seeking out help.

This week, we’re going to talk about why it’s so important to get hearing aids as soon as you notice your hearing getting worse.

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Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable, 3 Hearing Aid Tips & Tricks

Are you looking for ways to make your hearing aids more comfortable? You’re not alone! 

In fact, many people struggle with their hearing aids at first because they just aren’t comfortable wearing them for one reason or another. 

This week we’re going to go over a few tips to help make those early days with hearing aids or switching to a new type of hearing device a more pleasant experience.

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Mixed Hearing Loss: What is It and What Causes It?

Today, nearly 20% of the worldwide population suffers from hearing loss says the WHO.

This stat, however, covers the entire spectrum from mild hearing loss all the way to deafness.

This week, we’re going to be talking about one of the lesser known types of hearing loss which is referred to as mixed hearing loss.

We’ll talk about what it is, what causes it, and how an audiologist can help in treating it.

Let’s dive in.

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5 Examples of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

With over 60,000 new cases reported per year in the US according to the Journal of Otolaryngology, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) the number of people affected increases significantly every year. 

SNHL is caused by damage done to the inner parts of the ear.

While the root cause of the condition may be the same, the damage can come from a variety of sources. In this blog post, we’ll explore a few of these sources including aging, noise exposure, genetics, and more.

Let’s dive in.

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How do I Find an Audiologist Near Me? And Other Questions

If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, it can be tough to know where to begin. 

There are lots of questions to answer like “who should I talk to?” “Will the visit be covered by my insurance?” “how do I find a good audiologist?”

We’ll be answering these questions and more in this week's post to help you get started on your hearing care journey.

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7 Hearing Aid Features That Will Improve Your Quality of Life

It’s a common belief that hearing aids are “just for old people”, but that's simply not true.

Hearing loss affects more than 36 million Americans of all ages—including a surprising number of young people. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, noise exposure (like working around loud machinery), age-related changes in the inner ear, head injury, and even certain medications.

Unfortunately, despite the wide range of people with hearing loss, the word hearing aid still brings to mind images of elderly people with huge devices sticking out of their ears that whistle a lot.

In today’s reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This week we’ll be talking about some of the coolest new features of hearing aids today.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - What Is It?

According to statistics from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), noise-induced hearing loss is among the most common causes of hearing loss. While the exact number isn’t known, it’s projected to be as high as 1 in 3 US adults.

This cause of hearing loss is also preventable if you take the proper steps.

This week we’ll be diving into the causes behind noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), protection, treatment options and more.

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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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