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This November, Test Your Hearing in Honor of American Diabetes Month

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

It is American Diabetes Awareness Month Did you know about the connections between diabetes and hearing loss? One recent study has proven the link conclusively. Over 12% of all adult Americans have diabetes—over 37 million people—and they are twice as likely to live with hearing loss. Another 88 million Americans are pre-diabetic, meaning that they will have diabetes within a decade if they do not …

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Conductive Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues people experience today. Over 48 million people live with some degree of hearing loss which reduces capacity to hear and process sound. People can experience hearing loss in various ways. There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs in the inner ear and is permanent whereas conductive hearing …

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Is There a Cure for Hearing Loss?

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

Hearing loss is one of the most common health issues affecting people today. Its multifaceted impact is often under-recognized even though it disrupts daily life in various unexpected ways. From watching TV, to talking on the phone, and spending time with others; impaired hearing can take a toll on everyday activities. There are numerous misconceptions about hearing loss which often leads to a delay in …

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Head Injuries & Hearing Loss

In Brain Health, Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Testing, Research by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Head injuries can impact health in a variety of ways including by causing hearing loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3 million head injuries occur annually. According to the CDC, 1 million of these are traumatic brain injuries, the most severe type of head injury a person can experience. In addition to impacting cognitive functions and mobility, head injuries can …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

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

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and this year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s theme is “Connecting People.”  If we are one of the lucky ones, we take our five senses for granted. They fundamentally ground us in our reality and we depend on them not just for our basics of safety and survival but they are also the means for life’s greatest pleasures. It’s …

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How Loud is Too Loud for Kids?

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

We are constantly absorbing sound throughout the day. With increasing access and integration of digital technology today, the noise exposure is even greater. This is especially true for kids who are using electronic devices now more than ever. Loud noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss and listening to the audio on devices is a primary way people are exposed. The …

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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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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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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 …