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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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Common Excuses for Not Buying Hearing Aids

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

Not only is disabling hearing loss more common than most people likely assume, impacting more than 13% of all U.S. adults over the age of 18, but those who suffer from it are surprisingly reticent to seek help. Studies show that among those who wear a hearing aid they delayed an average of seven years between first suspecting that they may have trouble hearing and …

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Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

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

If you are a current user of hearing aids, you might be familiar with some of the issues that can arise. Just as you might find minor issues with your aids, you might also discover the solution to get them back in order. When we are closely connected with any technology, it might just take a little time and attention to figure out what has …

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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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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 …