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How Treating Hearing Loss Supports Your Brain

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

You may think that hearing loss is only an ear issue but it is much more complicated than that. While the fragile hairs and nerves of our inner ear, which pick up sound, it is the job of the brain to interpret this information. In this way, brain health and hearing health are very much entwined.  If our brains are not able to receive enough …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Helps Your Mental Health

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Through myriad studies conducted over the last 20-30 years, research draws conclusive links between hearing loss and loneliness, social isolation, and depression. Intuitively, we understand that decreased hearing ability makes communication more difficult, and therefore we have to weigh our desire to connect with people against our knowledge of how strained and difficult it may be to try to converse. Well, it turns out that …

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Q&A About Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Hearing loss is a medical condition that over 40 million people navigate on a daily basis. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 1 in 8 people have some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. This makes impaired hearing the third most common health condition that people experience. Oftentimes, hearing loss occurs gradually over time so it …

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Communication at Work – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

One of the major ways hearing loss impacts a person is by straining communication. Impaired hearing reduces one’s ability to hear sound. This is a key way we process and make meaning of information. Strained communication affects relationships, job performance, and various other responsibilities we manage on a daily basis. Working with impaired hearing can be particularly difficult. But by addressing your hearing loss as …

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Can Hearing Loss Be Cured?

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

Hearing loss is a common health concern that millions of people navigate on a daily basis. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to hearing loss including pre-existing medical conditions, genetic history, and environmental exposure to loud noise. A decreased ability to hear can impact all aspects of life: communication, relationships, and overall health. If untreated, it can increase the risk of medical …

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Ear Infections & Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, Au.D.

One of the most common reasons parents bring their children to the pediatrician is the dreaded ear infection. Most kids will have an ear infection at least once in their lives, and some are more prone to them than others. While they can be painful and even cause hearing loss, the good news is that they are highly treatable and the hearing loss is almost …