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Hearing loss is a natural part of aging, isn't it?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  November 10, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  October 10, 2018

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  September 10, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  August 10, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  July 20, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  June 14, 2018

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  June 11, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  May 10, 2018

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  April 16, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  March 12, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  January 10, 2018

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  September 11, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  August 11, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  July 10, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  June 10, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  March 1, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  January 2, 2017

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  December 12, 2016

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  December 2, 2016

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  November 21, 2016

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  October 14, 2016

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  September 30, 2016

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  September 23, 2016

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

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  September 19, 2016

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  August 5, 2016

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?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  July 6, 2016

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.

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  June 23, 2016

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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Question: What effect does my hearing loss have on my overall health?

By Dr. Anne Simon   |  June 2, 2016

Hearing is the sense that has the most influence on your relationships. Hearing loss is associated with other serious health conditions.

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