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Myth Busting: 5 Facts About Your Hearing Health

Is hearing loss an isolated issue that doesn’t affect my overall health? Can a simple sound amplifier take the place of hearing aids? Is there nothing I can do about that ringing in my ears?

Nearly all hearing problems can be effectively managed, but misconceptions can get in the way of continuing the journey to better hearing health. We’re busting five myths with facts to help you stay on track!   Myth: Hearing impairment simply comes with aging. Fact: “Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss” for 20- to 69-year-olds, per the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, but did you know that about two to three of every 1,000 U.S. kids enter the world with a detectable impairment? In Canada, an estimated 4 out of 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss or will develop it early. Plus, noise-related hearing damage — …

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TV Watching + Hearing Loss: 5 Tips for a Better Experience

Give Up the Frustration — NOT Your Favorite Shows!

Everybody in your household’s gathered around the television for a treasured weekly ritual — back-to-back shows on Netflix with a side of laughter, popcorn, and cliff-hangers.

But when someone in the group has hearing loss, settling on a volume that keeps everybody happy can be difficult and downright frustrating.

Don’t let it put a damper on the fun! With these five tips for TV watching, you can keep the good times rolling for everyone.

 

Optimize Your TV Audio System

Isn’t muffled dialogue the worst? Sometimes it’s a production’s poor miking or sound mixing. It could be a matter of fine-tuning your TV or audiovisual receiver’s settings — if available on your make and model — for voice clarity. Make sure the settings are optimized for the type of show you’re watching, whether it’s a dialogue-heavy drama, …

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You Can Delay Age-Related Hearing Loss

Physical Activity Delays the Onset of Age-Related Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss affects almost two-thirds of U.S. adults over the age of 70. It’s a result of natural changes that happen in your inner ear, middle ear, and neural pathways as you age. The loss is gradual and can lead to communication problems, feelings of isolation, and decreased physical function. But results from a recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggest that regular exercise can delay age-related hearing loss.

The Study The researchers compared two groups of mice for 24 months. The experimental group regularly exercised by running on a wheel; the control group did not.

Mice in the exercise group had better hearing after 24 months than did the control group, and the physical findings supported this: For mice in the exercise group, key areas of the inner ear hadn’t broken down as much as the same …

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These Delicious Side Dishes Are Good for Your Blood Sugar and Your Hearing

According to the National Institutes of Health, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. Because we’re deep into the grilling months, we’re offering a couple of delicious diabetes-friendly side-dish recipes for your next cookout that will tickle taste buds, turn heads, and take it easy on your blood sugar.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients (serves 12) Stuffing

6 oz Mexican chorizo sausage ½ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (11 oz) whole-kernel corn, drained 2 oz low-fat cream cheese ¼ cup fat-free sour cream ½ tsp salt

  Remaining ingredients

2 slices whole-wheat bread 24 stuffer mushroom caps (or large, de-stemmed mushrooms)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°. Cook de-cased chorizo, onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat for 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain chorizo mixture and pat dry with paper towels. Combine chorizo mixture and corn …

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Tips for communicating through hearing loss

Simple Tips for Communicating Through Hearing Loss

Arizona Restaurant Week is an ideal time to hit the town with friends and loved ones. So don’t let a packed and noisy restaurant keep you from enjoying the experience! Here are a few tips to keeping those crucial lines of communication open.

Often the greatest toll hearing loss takes is on the relationships and experiences we share with our loved ones. When one is unable to hear, their ability to communicate in our highly verbal society is frequently impaired. They may miss crucial contextual cues in conversations and feel left out, or they might not realize their spouse is trying to get their attention. These seem like minor problems, but over time they gradually build into a wedge of frustration that can drive people apart. This often saddles those suffering from hearing loss with feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that …

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