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Can hearing aids make a noticeable change in demeanor?

If hearing aids are right for a person's hearing loss, and the programming is on-target, they really can noticeably change demeanor.
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Hearing care and marital harmony: Small Conversations

Why would hearing aid wearers see happier marriages? Happy marriages are built on ‘small conversations.' Small conversations are the moments of playfulness and quiet words of encouragement. This is how couples develop trust and rapport. These brief moments of kindness and affection help give us a sense of perspective. That perspective helps us repair the hurt feelings in difficult times.
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Why is it socially acceptable to shame people about their hearing loss? Part 1

Lately, I have heard more stories about shaming those with hearing loss. It still seems acceptable to express frustration through shaming when someone does not hear us. A community is made of all different kinds of people. Each one with struggles that others cannot see.
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Did hearing aids make my wife . . . smarter?

Hearing is a resource that allows us to engage in a real-time fusion of thoughts and feelings. When you have normal hearing, you communicate with little comparative effort. When you have hearing loss, it is much harder to communicate.
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My hearing aids aren’t giving me any problems. What’s the value in visiting my audiologist?

Routine follow up care will help you get the most out of your hearing aids.
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I love music. How will I enjoy music while wearing hearing aids?

You can be an audiophile, live music connoisseur, or looking to relax at the end of the day. In any case, you will find listening to music through your hearing aids very enjoyable.
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"I don't want anyone to know I have hearing loss."

Fewer people feel the need to ‘hide’ their hearing loss. But, those who want to ‘hide’ their hearing loss feel much more strongly about it. Let me offer two thoughts for encouragement.
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Hearing loss is a natural part of aging, isn't it?

Asking at what age hearing is no longer vital is like asking at what age companionship is no longer necessary. Hearing is the sense that most contributes to our ability to engage with others.
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Do you love hearing aids or hate them? One key difference

You will be successful if you work with an audiologist who can guide you through choosing, learning to use, and maintaining your hearing aids. Studies show the importance of guidance from an audiologist. These findings are consistent no matter how basic or sophisticated the level of technology.
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How to get the most out of your hearing aids?

To get the most out of your hearing aid experience, maintain a practice of wearing your hearing aids consistently, keep regular appointments with your audiologist, and keep communication success top-of-mind.
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Why get hearing aids now: Recognizing speech

Research has demonstrated a relationship between delayed treatment for hearing loss and deterioration in the ability to understand speech.
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How to find the right hearing aid . . . for you

Consider hearing aids as treatment for a serious, significant medical condition, not as an appliance purchase. Measure your satisfaction of hearing aids as how well it contributes to the quality of your communication and relationships.
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Seniors May Now Fear ‘Cognitive Decline’ More Than Cancer; Hearing Loss a Factor

Loss of mental acuity (memory loss, depression, dementia, Alzheimer) was named as a top concern for over 65% of respondents in a 2015 National Council on Aging survey. Hearing loss treatment is a significant lever for maintaining your mental and decision-making faculties as you age.
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Hearing loss and memory problems: Is there a relationship?

In the presence of hearing loss, your brain has to devote more energy to processing sound. It can draw this energy from memory encoding, decision-making, and emotional well-being.
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The 3 Components of a Happy Marriage Between Patient and their Hearing Ads

What should you look for in a provider? First, an audiologist who works with a variety of manufacturers and can effectively match a device to the hearing loss. Second, the expertise to program hearing aids; which is not at all the same as simply increasing the gain (turning up the volume). Third, and an absolute necessity, the audiologist should use objective testing to ensure the programming is on target.
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Hearing loss and Depression: Is there a relationship?

Why would untreated hearing loss lead to depression? When you have hearing loss, listening is a more effortful, exhaustive exercise. The effort - fatigued - drained experience is a pathway to depression, sadness, and anxiety.
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"Never mind" Communicating to a loved one with hearing loss

Hearing loss can impact relationships. Communication takes effort, patience, and planning . . . for both of you.
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When your loved one won't get a hearing test

What will get your loved one, who has hearing loss, to get a hearing test?
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Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #4

When you are speaking to your mother, pause between phrases.
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Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #3

When you are speaking to someone with hearing loss, keep your hands away from your face. Make communication your priority.
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Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #2

This is the second in a series of posts about communicating with a loved one with hearing loss.
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Can you give me one quick tip so that I can help my mother who isn’t hearing well? Tip #1

This is the first in a series of posts on how to communicate with a loved one with hearing loss.
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A simple English quiz that you will fail and what it reveals about hearing loss

A simple English quiz can demonstrate how our experience diminishes our awareness.
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Every breath you take–New Year’s Resolutions–Hearing Loss

If you have ever started the New Year composing resolutions only to throw in the towel before Ground Hog Day--or bemusedly watch others struggle with resolutions--this post is for you.
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Tinnitus: The missing piece to researching solutions

The problem with most common Tinnitus solutions is their "one-size-fits-all" approach. There is no one solution that will work for everyone. In order to compose a realistic plan for managing your Tinnitus, your first best step is a comprehensive audiologic evaluation.
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Looking for a Memory Boost? Try a hearing test

A hearing test might be the key to understanding, retaining, and making better use of information.
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Hearing Loss and the Holidays: what can we do to make family time more enjoyable?

Holiday and family time makes the effects of hearing loss much more profound. With many speakers in the room, it's more difficult for someone with hearing loss to engage in conversation, or even to understand the conversation of others.
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Hearing Loss & Depression: Two characteristics that explain the relationship

There’s a clear pattern in the research, demonstrating the connection between hearing loss and depression. Some readily understand this relationship. Others are skeptical. This article is for the skeptics.
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When did it become socially acceptable to make hearing loss a punch line?

Levity aside, I can’t help but think of the myriad other health conditions, or other socially-sensitive stereotypes that might have replaced hearing loss that would have resulted in outrage.
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World Heart Day: The Heart-Hearing Connection

There is a fascinating connection between heart health and hearing health. A growing body of research has investigated the specifics of this relationship: poor cardiovascular fitness, hypertension . . .
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What to look for in a restaurant when you have hearing loss

If you or a dear one has hearing loss, here are a few tips to look out for when choosing a restaurant.
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Can I Call it a Mid-Year Resolution if I Go in for a Hearing Test?

What stops someone who knows they have hearing loss from getting a hearing test?
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Question: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: How Loud is too Loud?

At over 110 decibels, I prefer to keep a few blocks distance from fireworks. At this loud level, you really don’t want to be that close to fireworks without hearing protection.
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Does Aging Lead to Hearing Loss? Let’s Investigate.

It is common to that hearing loss is a natural part of aging. The relationship isn't as straightforward as you might think. Here we look at causes of hearing loss that you are in control of and those you are not.
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