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This November, Test Your Hearing in Honor of American Diabetes Month 

In Hearing Health by Zach Kenealey, HIS

If you have diabetes, you are likely aware of the complications it can lead to which includes kidney and heart issues. But did you know that diabetes can also increase the risk of hearing loss? Studies show that people with diabetes can be more than twice as likely to develop hearing loss.   According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 38 …

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Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood 

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

We are exposed to varying levels and types of noise on a daily basis. From alarm clocks, to the TV, cars honking, and noisy restaurants; we are constantly absorbing and processing noise. And some of this noise can actually be harmful for hearing, even contributing to noise induced hearing loss. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 30 million people …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships   

In Better Speech & Hearing Month, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Hearing loss affects daily life in a variety of ways. Hearing is a major way we communicate and navigate the everyday environments, interactions, and conversations. Hearing loss produces a range of symptoms that has multifaceted effects including taking a toll on relationships. It is important to know that not only is the person with hearing loss impacted but so are …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

During Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, we focus on a more comprehensive communication plan. It’s time to examine how we communicate and develop better techniques and tools to complement our current habits. This year’s theme is “Connecting People,” which the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association started. Better Speech and Hearing Month aims to normalize communication problems, such as hearing loss. …

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Addressing Hearing Loss May Improve Care of Older Adults

In Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Research by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Hearing loss has multifaceted effects that impact more than one’s hearing health. Though hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition people experience today, affecting over 48 million people, it remains undertreated. It is estimated that only one-third of people who could benefit from treatment, actually receive it. This highlights that millions of people live with untreated hearing …

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Facts & Fictions about Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Though hearing loss is one of the most common conditions people live with today, there are numerous misconceptions about it. This often prevents or delays people from addressing hearing loss symptoms which can take a toll on health in a variety of ways. Deconstructing these myths and understanding hearing loss can help you identify and treat changes to your hearing …

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Investing in Your Health: Treating Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Hearing loss is one of the fastest-growing health issues today. Impacting nearly 48 million people, hearing loss is the third most common chronic medical condition that people experience today. Though it is widespread, hearing loss is often underdiagnosed. It is estimated that only one-third of people who could benefit from treatment receive it. Treating hearing loss offers life-changing benefits that …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Many people over the age of 65 begin to see a decline in their hearing health due to the natural process of aging. It’s not an insignificant number ⁠— by the time you reach 65 years of age, about one-third of your peers will experience hearing loss. That number climbs exponentially higher as we age so that by the time …

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Know Alzheimer’s Disease: Treat Hearing Loss in September during World Alzheimer’s Month

In Hearing Health, Mental Health by Zach Kenealey, HIS

September marks World Alzheimer’s Month. Launched in 2012, this  global campaign focuses on raising awareness about dementia which impacts 50 million people worldwide. Dementia encompasses a range of medical conditions that deteriorate cognitive capacities like decision making, memory, thinking, and learning. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s which makes up up to 90% of the dementia that people …

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Understanding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

In Ear Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Did you know that over 20% of the population of the United States suffers from hearing loss? Hearing loss can result from various factors, including the natural aging process and injury, disease, or infection. Noise-induced hearing loss, or hearing loss caused by deafening noises, is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. What is noise-induced hearing loss? Noise-Induced …