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ADOPTING A GRADUAL APPROACH

While the introduction of a hearing instrument into the life of a person with age-related hearing loss can help them to avoid depression and dementia, too much of a good thing has the potential to be overwhelming. The sudden reintroduction of background noise such as traffic and conversation may be so irritating that some people…

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IN-THE-EAR DEVICES

“In-the-ear” (ITE) hearing instruments are designed to fit in the external portion of the ear (concha). Depending on the degree of miniaturization of such components as the microphone, receiver, and battery, an ITE instrument may fill only a portion of the concha, in which case it is an “in-the-canal” (ITC) instrument. If it fits deeply…

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USE IT OR LOSE IT

Just as unused muscles shrink in size, unused portions of the brain may also be subject to shrinkage. Although the brain becomes smaller with age, new research shows that brain shrinkage is accelerated among older adults with hearing loss. Previous research showed that hearing loss among humans and other animals was linked with smaller information-processing…

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IS CONVERSATION GETTING OLD?

The natural aging process and exposure to loud noise eventually take their toll on the hair cells of the inner ear to the point where hearing usually becomes less sensitive to pitch. When hair cells deteriorate, the auditory nerve is not properly stimulated, resulting in nerve impulses not reaching the brain. This condition, called “presbycusis”…

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THE RITE INSTRUMENT FOR YOU?

There has been a great deal of interest in “open-fit” hearing instruments in recent years, largely because they provide a natural “no-feedback” hearing experience. Hearing instruments of this type have much in common with traditional “behind-the-ear” (BTE) instruments. While the main body of the instrument sits behind the ear as a BTE instrument does, the…

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YOUR HEARING IN GRAPHIC TERMS

In order to quantify and treat hearing loss, it is necessary to conduct a hearing test, the results of which are graphically represented on an “audiogram.” The audiogram illustrates hearing ability by showing the listener’s hearing threshold at various frequencies. Hearing threshold indicates how quiet a sound may be before it is inaudible. A hearing…

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MEDICATION-INDUCED HEARING LOSS

If you experience difficulty hearing, you might want to check the list of medications you are currently taking. While previous studies have linked pain-relieving medications with hearing loss in men, more recent research also points to over-the-counter pain relievers as a cause of hearing loss in women. According to a new analysis from the Nurses’…

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ESCAPING DETECTION

Just as cosmetic concerns may compel an orthodontic patient to opt for “invisible braces,” some hearing instrument users choose “completely-in-the-canal” (CIC) instruments, which fit deeply into the ear canal and are virtually invisible. Their positioning deep within the canal ensures that output is closer to the eardrum. As a result, the amount of amplification available…

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DO YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY HEARING?

The hearing loss that most people experience can be so gradual that they might not realize their hearing is impaired. Instead, they deal with insidious hearing loss by accepting it as normal. However, there is nothing normal about hearing sounds and voices that seem muffled, or finding that higher pitched sounds (such as children’s voices)…

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MAKING SMALL TALK

Recent research underlines the important role that good hearing plays in the lives of developing children. It seems that babies are more likely to listen to one another than they are to listen to adults, and listening to other babies helps small children develop speech. Researchers found that, even before they begin to speak for…

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