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Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

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

Hearing loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people have loss in one ear or the other, while other people have balanced hearing loss between the two ears. Some people find that hearing ability is missing in a certain frequency range, while others feel like the entire spectrum of sound is muffled or indecipherable. Despite the many varieties of hearing loss, specialists tend to …

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How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids

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

Acquiring hearing aids is a momentous occasion, so congratulations if you have newly arrived in the world of hearing assistance! When you get your new aids, you might be particularly careful with them, tenderly removing them and placing them in a case or charging station each night. Over time, that conscientious approach might wane, and you might even find yourself tossing your aids into a …

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A Link Between Hearing Loss and Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Ear Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Related Diseases, Hearing Loss Treatment, Overall Health by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that produces chronic inflammation of the joints. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells which causes swelling in targeted areas. Most commonly, these targeted areas are the joints in the: wrists, hands, and knees. RA specifically affects the lining of joints but can also impact tissues throughout the body, leading to additional health issues that involve other …

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Healthcare Costs Over Time

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

Though hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions that people experience today, it still remains widely undertreated. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), only one third of people with impaired hearing actually receive treatment. Not only does untreated hearing loss impact various facets of life, but it can also lead to higher healthcare costs over …

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Growing Evidence that Noise is Bad for Your Health

In Ear Health, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Causes, Hearing loss Prevention, Research by Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

We are constantly surrounded by varying levels of noise. From electronic devices that we use on a daily basis to commuting to work and social life, we are regularly absorbing different sounds at a range of volumes. With the increased connectivity and integration of digital technology, we are exposed to more sound. This exposure can contribute to various health risks including the development of hearing …

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Hearing Loss Patients at Higher Risk of Hospital Readmission

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

Hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions that people experience today. Affecting nearly 48 million people, hearing can be impaired by a range of factors including: existing medical conditions, exposure to loud noise, aging, and head injuries. A reduced ability to hear and process sound, hearing loss produces numerous symptoms that can significantly impact daily life. This includes strained communication, relationships, social …

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Taking Care of Your Hearing & Vision Slows Cognitive Decline by 50-75%

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

We tend to overlook the ways in which different aspects of our health are interconnected. Like did you know that hearing and vision can impact overall brain function and health? Research shows that conditions like hearing loss and blurry vision can contribute to cognitive decline. This highlights the importance of prioritizing hearing health as well as vision which can slow cognitive decline by 50-70%! Hearing …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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

Hearing loss strains communication which is integral to how we navigate our environment. Difficulties with communication take a toll on various aspects of life including relationships. Stress from hearing loss especially affects the relationships with people closest to us. The breakdown of day-to-day communication can create tension, frustration, and distance between you and your loved ones. Fortunately, treating hearing loss not only transforms hearing health …

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Scientists Have Discovered The Protein That Enables Hearing and Balance

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

The ears play a critical role in hearing and balance. The ears and brain work together to process incoming sound information and maintain balance. Though much is known about how these processes work, scientists have made a recent discovery that illuminates even more information about what happens when we take in sound. Scientists have learned more about the auditory system, identifying a specific protein that …

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Meditation Could Help Alleviate Tinnitus

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

Tinnitus is the experience of hearing a distracting sound in one or both ears. This sound is most often described as a ringing, buzzing, or clicking like noise that can be mild to profound. According to the Hearing Health Foundation, at least 10% of people in the U.S. consistently experience tinnitus and 16 million people seek medical attention for it. Tinnitus can disrupt daily life …