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How Smoking & Drinking May Affect Hearing

In Hearing Health by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Most people are aware of the common health risks associated with smoking and drinking – increased risk of developing conditions like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. But we tend to be less aware of other health issues these behaviors can contribute to. This includes hearing loss, the third most pervasive medical condition people navigate today. Various studies show that smoking and drinking can …

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A Link Between Hearing Loss & Diabetes

In Hearing Loss by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. For instance, how do you manage this condition and what else will it affect? Most people understand that complications with diabetes can further heart and kidney issues, but did you know that hearing loss could also affect your hearing and balance? Understanding Diabetes Diabetes is a chronic health condition that …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

As January rolls in it is the start of the New Year! It’s hard to tell what this next one will mean for us as a society. There is so much changing in the world on environmental and social levels and the changes each year brings can feel monumental. With so much in constant fluctuation, it’s important to carve out some time for your own …

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When Should I Update My Hearing Aids?

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

If you’ve been wearing hearing aids for a few years, you may be wondering when you should update your hearing aids. On average, hearing aids should be updated every 3 to 5 years. But there’s no magic number, and the right time is different for everyone. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about updating your hearing aids.  Are your Current Hearing …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Loss Prevention by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Hearing protection in the workplace is an essential piece of occupational safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with preserving the health and wellbeing of employees, particularly those who do not have labor unions or other collective advocates to protect their safety. At many large employers, including factories, industrial facilities, and corporations, OSHA is aware of the needs of these employees and …

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A Brief History of Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

The history of hearing loss features incredible stories of the inventive ways that people have learned how to communicate with one another. Knowing the brief history of hearing loss will inspire you to think differently about how you communicate, to challenge yourself to be more creative in your thinking about how other people communicate, and give you tools to bridge any communication impasses you may …

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Advantages of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Hearing aid technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the century since they were first introduced. The incorporation of rechargeable batteries is one of the most recent advancements in hearing aid technology. It’s been a challenge to master: at first, rechargeable batteries tiny enough to fit in hearing aids lacked sufficient power to sufficiently move the needle. But hearing aids with rechargeable batteries are …

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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

In Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Disease, Hearing Loss Treatment, Signs & Symptoms by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Imagine yourself in a conversation without the ability to hear what others have to say. What would you do? For some people, the first instinct is to call out for help, and that impulse makes it possible for many people with hearing loss to pursue assistance as soon as they realize the problem. Yet, other people have different responses to that situation. Some might try …

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Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

If you have a loved one with hearing loss, you know how challenging it can be to communicate. Sometimes all the conditions are right, and yet you struggle to get across a simple message or to convey a basic question. Although there are many reasons for the seemingly random nature of miscommunication among those with hearing loss, one of the simplest reasons is that each …

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Musicians & Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

For all of the cheer they bring, did you know there is a dark side to the life of a classical musician? We tend to think of rock musicians as people who experience hearing loss. But classical musicians also experience hearing loss in high numbers, according to new studies from Norway and Finland. A high number of classical musicians have hearing loss Both Norway and …