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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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NOT JUST MAILING IT IN

If you’ve ever thought about purchasing a hearing instrument through the mail or online, consider this: Today’s selection procedures utilize computers, which factor in hearing test results, loud sound tolerance, and multiple listening environments. The computer then indicates which models and settings would be most appropriate, after which the hearing instrument specialist fine-tunes adjustments based…

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FROM BAD TO BETTER

When an individual has one ear with normal hearing or mild/moderate hearing loss and the other ear is not “aidable,” a “contralateral routing of signal” (CROS) amplification system may be recommended. This feature utilizes a microphone in an instrument worn in the user’s non-hearing ear to pick up sound, which is then transmitted to a…

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ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE

While some people work to conceal their hearing instruments from public view, many of those wearing behind-the-ear Bluetooth headsets often prefer to show off their devices; yet, these devices are more alike than they are different. Each is a high-tech, hands-free device that is designed to be worn around, behind, or in the ear, and…

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A HEART-HEALTHY DIET HELPS HEARING

In recent years, health professionals have advocated that we do all we can to eat foods that promote the health of the cardiovascular system. Now, it seems we all have even more reason to embrace heart-healthy diets. According to a recent analysis of 81,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II, those whose eating habits…

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SEPARATING OUT THE NOISE

While the brains of people with normal hearing are able to filter out background noise and focus on speech and other important sounds, those of individuals with impaired hearing have problems separating speech from noise. Fortunately, there is an effective way to address this problem with a feature in hearing instruments called “directionality,” which provides…

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SELECTING THE MOST SUITABLE INSTRUMENT

When it comes to the selection of a hearing instrument, it is generally true that bigger is more powerful. While individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss will most likely find that in-the-canal instruments can adequately meet their needs, those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss are usually best served by larger, behind-the-ear instruments with greater power and capabilities….

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