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Hearing Loss Linked to Depression
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on May 19, 2023
Everyone has their reasons for why they do certain things. Big things, like why they follow a particular career path or live in a specific city. And small, like what they’re going to have for dinner or wear to work today. Most times, the reasons are numerous and nuanced. Other times, it’s a single, simple reason that triggers the decision —...
Better Hearing Month is the best time to treat hearing loss
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on May 02, 2023
In 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. Their goal at the time was to raise awareness about speech and hearing challenges and — more importantly — encourage people to take action and treat their own hearing and speech problems. That mission is just as important...
Tips for traveling with your hearing aids
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on April 19, 2023
Hearing aids are designed to be a large part of our daily lives and should be one of the first things on your packing list when it is time for a trip. Whether you are traveling for work or for fun, it is important to have a few tricks in mind when you travel with your hearing aids to ensure they are always in peak working condition and you never miss a thing! ...
Over the counter hearing aids vs. prescription hearing aids: What’s the difference?
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on April 06, 2023
Recently, the FDA released its final regulations on over the counter hearing aids. This regulation introduced an entirely new category of hearing aids called "over the counter" or "OTC." OTC hearing aids officially became available Monday, October 17th, and will be an additional option to the existing category of hearing aids that the FDA now refers to as...
Put some spring in your hearing!
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on March 14, 2023
Google the season “spring” and you’ll see images of blooming flowers, butterflies and birds, or find quotes about gardens, happiness and new beginnings. We hear a lot from our hearing aid wearers that spring signals a time of planning and renewal. It’s the season many of you visit your hearing professional to get earwax buildup removed or...
It’s better to deal with hearing loss earlier rather than later
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on March 01, 2023
A 2020 New York Times article headlined “Can Hearing Aids Help Prevent Dementia? ” covers a lot of things we’ve known — and have been sharing with you — for years. Like that hearing loss is very common, that it’s a risk factor for things like cognitive decline, social isolation and dementia, and that too few people take it...
Loneliness is not good for your health
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on February 17, 2023
Maybe it’s been this way for a while and we just didn't notice, but loneliness is getting a lot of attention from healthcare professionals lately. One obvious reason is COVID-19, which has forced people to socially distance or isolate themselves, and has severely limited in-person interactions, especially for older adults. Another reason is the increasing...
Your hearing and your heart, sitting in a tree...
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on February 03, 2023
It’s February, which, thanks to Valentine’s Day, is a good month to discuss matters of the heart. Plenty will be written and said about the heart’s connection to love. We’ll leave that topic to the relationship experts. Instead, we want to discuss the heart’s connection to hearing and hearing loss — a subject much more in our...
It can be hard to follow doctors’ orders if you have hearing loss
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on January 19, 2023
Today’s hearing fact probably isn’t something that comes to mind when you think about hearing loss. But — if you do think about it — makes a lot of sense. It’s also potentially much more consequential than, say, missing a punchline in your favorite sitcom or your name being called when your Starbucks mocha is ready. According to...
Should you get a hearing test?
Posted by Dr. Shon Murray on January 04, 2023
Do you ever feel like the people you’re talking to are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Or maybe you’re struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss. It’s not uncommon for friends and family members...
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