New Study Shows the Benefits of Hearing Birds

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If you have untreated hearing loss, you might be missing a lot of sounds in your everyday life. You might have difficulty understanding speech, making conversations with your family and friends challenging. You might not be able to hear your favorite music, movies, or TV shows without turning the volume up much higher than you… Continue reading New Study Shows the Benefits of Hearing Birds

Hearing Loss and Sleep Apnea

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If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor may have told you that sleep apnea puts you at increased risk for a number of other health conditions, including heart problems, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, liver problems, and more. However, did you know that sleep apnea also increases your risk… Continue reading Hearing Loss and Sleep Apnea

Are Your Bad Habits Affecting Your Hearing?

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Do you have a bad habit you want to break in the New Year? A habit is a way of behaving that is repeated and occurs subconsciously. These everyday actions become part of us and our identity. Some practices are harmless, while others may appear harmless but are detrimental to our health. Habits can be… Continue reading Are Your Bad Habits Affecting Your Hearing?

Mounting Evidence Suggests Connections between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Impairment – Even in Young Adults

Over the past several years, studies have indicated a connection between hearing loss and cognitive impairment. While this connection may not be intuitive, mounting evidence from studies across different age groups shows that such a connection does exist. The majority of past studies focused on older adults, and the findings indicated connections between increased prevalence… Continue reading Mounting Evidence Suggests Connections between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Impairment – Even in Young Adults

How do you know which hearing aids to choose?

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If you have hearing loss, your hearing professional may have recommended that you wear hearing aids. Your journey with hearing aids starts with you choosing your devices. But with so many hearing aids out there, especially with over-the-counter devices now available, how do you know which type of hearing aids to pick? Here are a… Continue reading How do you know which hearing aids to choose?

Does hearing loss have a connection to diabetes?

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The human body is amazing. One of the intriguing aspects of how the body works is that everything is connected—and one part affects all of the other parts. Researchers are still learning new ways that various body systems are connected. One connection you may not know about is that hearing loss and diabetes are linked.… Continue reading Does hearing loss have a connection to diabetes?

Everything You Need to Know about Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Hearing aids have been approved for over-the-counter (OTC) use. Congress passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 to make hearing aids more accessible for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. Several manufacturers already sell them online, and the devices are slated to hit the shelves once the law takes full effect in October… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know about Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Where is the Best Place to Get Hearing Aids?

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You may have heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter at retailers like Walgreens and CVS. With hearing aids also available from a hearing care professional like an audiologist, at big box stores, and from online-only retailers, you have options when it comes to where you get your hearing aids. So, where is… Continue reading Where is the Best Place to Get Hearing Aids?

Other Resources

Dr. Brandi R. Shepard’s goal is to ensure patients have direct access to resources. Here are some helpful links when learning more about your audiology care. What is a Doctor of Audiology? Anatomy of the Ear Types of Hearing Loss What is Tinnitus? Hearing or Understanding?

Hearing Loss: Fact vs. Fiction

There’s a lot of information out there about hearing loss. In fact, there’s so much, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. What’s true and what’s not? As hearing care professionals, it’s our job to give you the knowledge you need to make the right decisions about your hearing health. Today we’re going to take a closer… Continue reading Hearing Loss: Fact vs. Fiction