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More Work to be Done on Hearing Loss with the ADA 

In Uncategorized by Dr. Randi Davis Yontz

While the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 marks an important landmark in the expansion of rights for disabled people, the road to that moment began decades prior. Thousands of activists contributed to its passing into legislation through their hard work, determination, and vision.  We are now witnessing an aged ADA. Many millennials and …

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How Does Active Noise Cancelling Work?

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Have you been having trouble with background noise? To drown out the noises on your commute to work or during your everyday activities, you may be turning up the volume on your headphones or earbuds a bit higher each day. Using music to drown out background noise is harmful to your hearing health, and turning up the volume too much …

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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears

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When you think about cleaning your ears, one common tool might come to mind: a cotton swab. This probe seems to be perfectly suited to the shape and size of the ear canal, and indeed many people insert a cotton swab into the ear with the intention of cleaning out earwax. Despite this common lore, this tool is the cause …

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Tips for Virtual Communication from People with Hearing Loss

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Virtual communication has been becoming more and more popular over the years. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 increased the use of virtual technology, making it into a standard of many workplaces, educational environments and even family gatherings. The beauty of normalizing these tools is that it makes meetings more accessible to people regardless of location. For those …

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Watching TV with Hearing Aids

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Approximately 50 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Whether you or a loved one has some difficulty hearing, you’ve probably noticed that the TV volume has been creeping louder and louder. After all, the speakers are on the other side of the room, and even mild hearing loss can make it extremely difficult to hear the TV. On-screen …

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A Link between Tinnitus, Anxiety, and Sleep Issues

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If you hear a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience tinnitus in one or both ears. Tinnitus is closely linked to anxiety, and can also cause sleep issues. Here’s more information about tinnitus, how it is linked to anxiety and sleep disturbances, and what you can do about it. What is Tinnitus? …

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Adults with Hearing Loss at Higher Risk for Unemployment

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Hearing loss can have a profound impact on your life. If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, you have a hard time following conversations or enjoying time with loved ones. You may choose to stay home from social events, and you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves over and over again. Hearing loss also has a huge impact on …

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Memory Loss & Psychological Distress with Hearing Loss

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The effects of hearing loss go beyond hearing capacity. In addition to impacting hearing health, hearing loss can take a toll on other aspects of a person’s life.  Recent research has highlighted that untreated hearing loss can contribute to memory loss and psychological distress. To further understand and effectively treat hearing loss, it is important to be aware of the …

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5 Tips for Successful Virtual Family Reunions

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Are you planning on connecting with family and friends virtually during the upcoming holidays? Like many aspects of life this year, more social gatherings are moving online. Virtual reunions are a great way to connect with others and can still allow people to share quality time. As you plan your virtual family reunions, there are a few new factors to …

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Athletes and Hearing Loss

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One of the most common misconceptions about hearing loss is that it results from aging and only impacts older adults. When in fact, 1 in 8 people – above the age of 12 – have some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions, affecting over 40 million …