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Avoiding NIHL at Your Favorite Sporting Events

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Causes, Hearing loss Prevention, Hearing Protection, Tips & Tricks by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

It can be an exhilarating feeling to attend a sporting event live. Most of us don’t make it out as often as we wish, because there is nothing like being surrounded by the cheering fans, the sweet smell of concession stands, triumphant music, and that swelling feeling when your team scores! However, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to your hearing. Sports arenas …

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Acknowledging the Experience of Hearing Loss

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss often comes on slowly and so subtly that it often goes on for years without any acknowledgment. Subtle signs may be present but it’s far easier for many to push them aside and go on living. However, this doesn’t mean that the negative effects of hearing loss aren’t affecting you.  Living in Denial at Home Many live in denial about their hearing loss …

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The Aging Brain & Exercise, Diet, Sleep, and Hearing

In Brain Health, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Lifestyle & Leisure, Research by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

We all know having hearing loss affects how we communicate. Constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves can be exhausting and frustrating. However, hearing loss has far-reaching effects. Did you know that hearing loss also affects how our brain ages? An Aging Brain and Dementia Dementia is a grouping of neurodegenerative diseases classified by the impedance of two or more brain functions, such as …

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Hearing Aids vs. Hearing Amplifiers

In Hearing Aids by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Perhaps you have seen a commercial for a hearing amplifier lately. These ads come up time and again, promoting a cheap and easy way to assist your hearing. They promise to do what hearing aids do at a fraction of the cost. Commercials can pop up on daytime television, in mailers, and in big box stores, promoting these devices as a safe, easy, and affordable …

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Tinnitus Treatment Options

In Hearing Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Alongside hearing loss, tinnitus is an incredibly common malady of the auditory system. If you do not have tinnitus, you might not be familiar with the constant presence of sound. However, if you do have tinnitus, you are all too familiar with the experience of sound coming from within the body. Let’s take a moment to explore the types of tinnitus and the treatment options …

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Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Sense of Balance

In Hearing Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Our ears function for much more than hearing alone. Although we tend to think of these crucial, delicate organs as being used for hearing, in fact they help with many other functions in the body. One of those other functions is maintaining a sense of balance, or equilibrium. The human body is somewhat awkwardly posed to stand upright, balancing on two small surfaces at the …

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When to Get New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Tips & Tricks by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

If you are the proud owner of a new pair of hearing aids, congratulations! Under the right care, your new aids should last long into the future. Many people continue to use the same pair of hearing aids for years, and you might find that these aids do everything to support your hearing needs for a long time. Now that you have hearing aids, you …

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Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! 

In Communication, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

With the arrival of May, hopefully, you are getting out more, getting more time outside, and connecting with friends. It’s been a difficult couple of years for relationships everywhere. With social distancing and pods becoming the norm, to uphold public safety, many of us have had to navigate life feeling lonely and isolated. Loneliness has long been called an “epidemic” and “public health crisis well …

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Is Hearing Protection Necessary at Your Favorite Sporting Events?

In Hearing Health, Hearing loss Prevention, Hearing Protection by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Are you a sports fan? Do you enjoy the thrill of a big game at the stadium? After being told to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic it can feel amazing to return. It’s not just the game but the comradery. It’s the ability to high-five a stranger when your team scores. It’s the collective cheering, cheering, yelling, and chanting. Big sports games give …

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Improving Communication with Your Family

In Communication, Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Good communication is the key to any relationship. When it comes to family, it’s all too easy to take this for granted. Often people feel that they can take family for granted because in many instances they aren’t going away. However, this is a serious mistake. It’s important to be precious and loving in a family setting. Family is essential to development due to the …