Hearing loss and anxiety

If you’ve just been diagnosed with hearing loss—or your hearing has gotten worse—you may be feeling anxious. Anxiety is a persistent heightened state of alert. It’s a normal reaction to stressful situations, but for some people it spirals out of control and becomes a disorder in and of itself. Often, that means they can’t stop thinking “what…

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Who uses hearing aids in the US? A look at the statistics and disparities

Contributed by Joy Victory, managing editor, Healthy HearingDecember 28, 20202020-12-28T00:00:00-06:00 When you have untreated hearing loss, hearing aids can make all the difference in your quality of life, reducing your isolation and improving communication with loved ones. And, as research shows, wearing hearing aids is also good for your physical health. Yet, hearing aids continue to be underused.…

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Hearing loss, hormone therapy and menopause

The decision to take hormone therapy (HT) to tame symptoms of menopause can be complex. There are benefits and risks that you must weigh with your healthcare provider. One area of emerging research is the relationship between hearing loss, menopause and hormone therapy.  Researchers are still teasing out how menopause affects hearing. The same is true of…

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All about hearing aid apps

Doorbells, washing machines, refrigerators, and sound systems have smartphone apps these days. So it should come as no surprise that many hearing aids also have apps associated with them.  Most hearing aids come with smartphone apps to give users more control over their devices. “Apps are how we live our lives now,” says Shannon Basham,…

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How to stop negative thoughts and rumination

Negative thoughts are one of the most difficult and pervasive challenges that tinnitus sufferers face on a daily basis. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. When you live with ringing in the ears, stress levels can rise quickly and it’s common to experience anxiety, panic, anger and frustration. Catastrophic thoughts are often the result. In the…

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Device lets hearing-impaired feel sound via wrist vibrations

Contributed by Debbie Clason, staff writer, Healthy HearingNovember 23, 20202020-11-23T00:00:00-06:00 What would it be like if you could feel sounds like doorbells ringing, alarm clocks buzzing, and water faucets accidentally left dripping?  The Buzz wearable wristband uses haptic  technology to translate sounds into vibrations. A new device that turns sound into dynamic patterns of vibrations does…

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Causes of tinnitus and hearing loss during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for many women, but most of us would agree the side effects can be exhausting. For some unlucky women, this includes tinnitus and more rarely, hearing loss. Tinnitus, which is a fancy way of saying ringing in the ears, affects roughly 1 in 3 women during pregnancy. It affects approximately 1 in…

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Apps for tinnitus – our top picks

When you live with bothersome tinnitus, having the right coping tools close at hand can make a big difference in the quality of your day. But if you have a smartphone, you already own one of the most powerful tinnitus coping toolkits ever created. There are many apps that can help you to better manage tinnitus…

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