Undiagnosed Hearing Loss Associated with Social Isolation in Seniors
May 7, 2017

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Are you a socialite? If so, there may be another good reason to have your hearing (or the hearing of a loved one) tested. A recent study at the University of British Columbia found that seniors who experience hearing loss are more likely to suffer from both social isolation and cognitive impairment. The study at UBC Okanagan looked at seniors between the ages of 60 and 69, and found that for each 10 decibel decrease in hearing ability, social isolation could increase by as much as 52%! This s

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Welcome to May: Better Hearing Month!
May 1, 2017

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With aging comes normal changes in hearing, as well as language and speech. There are ways to maintain good hearing and speech, however. Here are a few ways to keep your hearing in tip-top shape: Protection Can Prevent Hearing Loss. When participating in loud activities, such as going to a concert, mowing the lawn or spending time building in the shop, those loud noises can damage hearing. Exposing your ears unprotected to 105 decibels for one hour can damage hearing. Alwa

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Improve Listening Skills by Training Your Brain
April 24, 2017

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Did you know that most of the work of hearing is done not by your ears but by your brain? It’s true that sounds are taken in by our ears, and they must function properly for us to hear, but processing the sounds into meaning is solely a function of our brains. What is the difference between hearing and listening? We hear a lot, but we only process what we listen to, and that takes brain power. Thus training our brains to listen becomes essential if we are to engage with the world around us.

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Could Hearing Loss be Related to Snoring?
April 6, 2017

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If you sleep in the same room with a snorer, you know it can be an annoyance, and make you lose sleep. Recent research is also finding, however, that pesky noise can do even more damage than that. If you sleep beside someone who snores, you may be at a higher risk for hearing loss than someone who does not. Researchers performed hearing tests on healthy middle-aged adults who regularly slept next to snoring partners. The analysis showed that each of the four subjects had high-frequency hearin

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