Hearing devices, social inclusion and technological advances in Louisiana

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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! Every May, the American-Speech-Language Association (ASHA) creates resources for people to use in order to promote awareness about communication disorders. The theme this May is “Communication: The Key to Connection”. Several resources to promote this campaign are available on their website, as well as information about ASHA’s involvement in life-altering treatments. ASHA is … Read More

Loud Noises Could Do More Damage Than You Think

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The sounds of traffic, a garbage truck reversing, power tools, blenders and hairdryers – what do all of these everyday noises have in common? They could all damage your hearing. Hearing loss can be the result of a variety of things, including age, infection, head trauma or – one of the most common causes of hearing loss – exposure to … Read More

How to Properly Clean & Care for Your Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are a big investment for many users, so it is important to follow a few simple, yet essential steps when cleaning and caring for your aids. Proper care and maintenance can increase the life and efficiency of your hearing devices. We have compiled this guide as a general outline for cleaning and caring for your hearing aids. The … Read More

Certain Medications are Linked to Hearing Loss

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Antibiotics always come with warnings on the box or leaflets explaining the recommended dosage and, of course, potential side effects. There is one side effect of certain medications, however, that many people may not fully comprehend – and the extent of the potential damage means that awareness needs to be raised. Ototoxic medications include antibiotics such as neomycin, streptomycin, amikacin, … Read More

Hearing Problems May Lead to Mobility Issues

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Hearing problems may lead to mobility issues A recent study, carried out by researchers in Finland, revealed a side effect of hearing loss in seniors that may not seem obvious: untreated hearing damage can have a negative effect on mobility. It was discovered that hearing loss in older people can limit their movement to local areas, hindering their ability to … Read More

IRS Warns of Scam Targeting Hard of Hearing Citizens

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We’ve all heard of identity theft, telephone scams, and the havoc they can wreak on one’s personal finances and sense of security. Staying alert and keeping your guard up are good strategies, but keeping yourself informed about the scams that are currently running is even better. The more knowledge you have beforehand, the less likely it is that you’ll fall … Read More

Starkey’s Halo 2 is Named a Finalist for 2017 Innovation Prize at SXSW

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It’s been a year since Starkey launched its Halo 2, and their groundbreaking hearing aid is still making headlines. It has just been officially named as a finalist for two noteworthy awards: the 2017 South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Award for “Wearable Tech” and the 2017 Edison Award for “Health and Wellness.” The Halo 2 also stands out at the … Read More

Safety Tips for Seniors Driving with Hearing Loss

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Driving poses safety hazards at any age and in various weather conditions, but it is especially important to be vigilant as one gets older. Whether or not it is readily noticeable, bodies change over time and it can become more difficult to observe certain safety standards. For instance, it may become more challenging to turn your head to look for … Read More

New Book on Civil War History & Hearing Loss Research

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New Book on Civil War History & Hearing Loss Research   Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War   Harry G. Lang has recently published a unique and compelling book titled “Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War”. The book focuses on the untold stories of people … Read More

Why Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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Healthy Communication and Healthy Relationships Healthy communication is the foundation to healthy relationships. When we can communicate with our friends and loved ones about our feelings, our needs, and discuss when feelings have been hurt, relationships end up being stronger and more transparent. What happens to relationships when you begin to experience changes in your hearing? Speech recognition, crucial to … Read More