Signs Your Loved One Has Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is an extremely common condition, affecting approximately one in three people ages 65 to 74 and one in two people over age 75. Because it is a progressive condition – meaning it develops gradually over time – many do not even realize they have it until it is beyond an easily treatable stage.
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Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Loneliness for Seniors

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While sheltering in place during the age of COVID-19, many have begun to feel the effects of loneliness. But for people with hearing loss, especially seniors, this feeling won’t stop when businesses and public spaces reopen. Multiple studies have shown a connection between untreated hearing loss and feelings of loneliness in seniors. Hearing Loss Impact
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The Deaf Community Is All Too Aware of Zoom Fatigue

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In the age of Coronavirus, people are staying connected to friends, colleagues and loved ones through digital means such as Facetime, Skype and Zoom. Many are reporting a phenomenon known as “Zoom fatigue,” or the feeling of mental and social exhaustion after participating in a video call. This feeling goes by many names and is
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Mental Health Awareness

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and social distancing make this a challenging time for all. For those with untreated hearing loss, who are at an even greater risk of developing mental health issues, raising awareness and developing a coping strategy is key. Social Isolation A report from the National Academies of Sciences,
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Tips for Working Remotely with Hearing Loss

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Telecommuting has become the norm for many people across the U.S. and the world. While this adjustment has been problematic for many, people with hearing loss are having an especially difficult time adjusting. This is because many tools used for online communication, especially video calls, are more difficult when you cannot hear well. Below is
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Face Masks Pose Problem for Those with Hearing Loss

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While the CDC urges people to wear face masks in public to stay safe, doing so poses some challenges for those with hearing loss. The first challenge is that face masks muffle voices and block the mouth so lip-reading is impossible. The second challenge is that face masks loop around the ears and get in
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Talking to Loved Ones About Hearing Loss

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No matter what, talking to your loved one about their hearing loss will be a hard conversation. Telling someone you love that their condition has gone untreated for too long can be awkward or uncomfortable. But if you care about them, it needs to be done. Your audiologist at Topeka ENT has put together a
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Can Stress Lead to Hearing Loss?

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Stress, at certain levels, isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, response to stress is an important factor in the survival of any species. Stress can tell you when to fight or run away in a dangerous situation, and it give you a boost of adrenaline when you need it most. Unfortunately, many Americans experience
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Protect Your Ears This Super Bowl

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When you think of football, what comes to mind? Most likely the answer is crowded sports bars, parties with friends and cheering on your favorite team. While we encourage you to have fun this year during the big game, we also want you to preserve your hearing for many Super Bowls to come. Stadium Noise
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Can Babies Wear Hearing Aids?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that approximately three in every 1,000 babies are born with hearing loss. Fortunately, in 2000 the federal government implemented a program with a goal of having all babies screened for hearing loss within a month of birth, diagnosed by age three months and enrolled in an intervention program by
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