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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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Diseases and Disorders That Have Been Linked to Hearing Loss

While the most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises, there are some diseases or disorders that can affect the hearing system. 

This is by no means meant to replace talking to a medical professional. However, it can be helpful to be aware of which diseases can affect your hearing should you or someone you know be diagnosed with one of these issues. It’s all the more imperative that they monitor their hearing levels throughout their treatment. 

Before we take a look, we want to remind you as always that if you’re experiencing any symptoms from the following list, please seek medical attention.

They are:

  • Chronic ear pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden hearing loss/ has gotten worse over a short period of time
  • Hearing loss in only one ear
  • Any matter or fluid coming out of the ear

With that covered, let’s begin.

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Do You Need an Audiologist or ENT? The Difference Between Various Hearing Care Professionals

Whether you’re just beginning your hearing care journey or are somewhere along the road, there are many different people you might have met or have yet to meet.

Questions often arise of who should be seen for what sorts of issues. Should you go to an audiologist or an ENT physician? Why might you see a physical therapist for hearing issues?

Read on for today’s post about the different types of medical and healthcare professionals and the roles they will play should you encounter them while caring for your hearing.

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5 Tips for Hearing Aid Success

"It's not like my glasses,” one of my patients once said to me. “I put my glasses on and I can see.”

This patient was seven years old and despite years of experience, I’ve yet to hear a better way to describe the difficulty that comes with a new pair of hearing aids.

Hearing aids are a huge aid in helping people reduce listening fatigue, reclaim their social life, and reduce the potentially dangerous side effects of hearing loss. At the same time, there is undoubtedly an adjustment period when using your first pair. 

If you’ve just gotten your first pair, read on to get the advice I usually share with first-time patients using hearing aids.

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How to Communicate Better with Hearing Loss

The goal of treating hearing loss is to make things that you do on a daily basis easier and improve your ability to communicate. 

While technology may be the start or a key part of your journey, there are also non-technical aspects to dealing with hearing loss that can make a huge difference in your quality of life.

This post will be focused on the communication strategies that can go a long way in helping you reclaim your quality of life and ability to communicate with less effort.

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