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Even a Mild Hearing Loss Contributes to Cognitive Decline

In Hearing Health, hearing loss, Research by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

We know that hearing loss can affect how we communicate but the effects ripple much deeper than that. For those who have untreated hearing loss, it’s been uncovered after numerous studies that hearing loss also contributes to cognitive decline. What is Cognitive Decline? While the brain’s functioning peaks in your early 20’s studies show that decline is normal and starts …

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How Quitting Smoking & Lowering Blood Pressure Could Support Healthy Hearing

In Hearing Health, hearing loss, Lifestyle and Leisure, Research by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Hearing health is connected to overall health. This means that different conditions and certain behaviors that affect one’s health can also specifically impact hearing. Though hearing loss is commonly associated with aging, there are several other factors that can cause impaired hearing. This includes smoking and high blood pressure which can both disrupt how sound is absorbed and processed. Quitting …

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How Often Should I Get a Hearing Test?

In Hearing Health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Testing by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

People typically make annual check-up appointments as part of their healthcare routine. This usually includes yearly physicals, vision evaluations, and dental screenings. Hearing health is often missing from these routine check-ins. In a recent study conducted by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), researchers found that only 2 in 10 adults have had a hearing test in the past 5 years. Whereas …

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Prioritize Better Hearing in the New Year!

In Hearing Health, hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

With January quickly approaching, it’s a great time to focus on your goals and resolutions. What do you hope to do, to ensure that you’ll feel your best in the next year? Many people resolve to work out more or start that project they’ve always dreamed of. There is no time like today to start, however, you’ll be ready for …

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Check Your Hearing This November for American Diabetes Month

In hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Have you been struggling with a thirst that is out of the ordinary, recently, or perhaps blurriness of vision? These are symptoms of diabetes, a very serious condition that can lead to damage throughout the body, including the eyes, limbs, kidneys, nerves, and heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living …

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October is Protect Your Hearing Month

In Hearing Health, hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

October marks National Protect Your Hearing Month, a campaign that raises awareness about hearing loss and ways to protect hearing health. Hearing loss is the third most common, chronic, medical condition that people experience today. Impacting over 48 million people, nearly 1 in 8 people have some degree of impaired hearing. Though it is a pervasive health issue, hearing loss …

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How Does Active Noise Cancelling Work?

In hearing, hearing loss, Hearing Protection, News and Technology by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Have you ever wished you could turn down the noise in your environment? Urban dwellers are particularly interested in reducing the sound of the landscape from time to time, particularly during a commute. Not only can the sound of transportation itself be overwhelmingly loud—reaching up to 100 decibels in some cases of subway travel—but the noise of construction, traffic, and …

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

In Communication, Family and Relationships, Hearing Health, hearing loss, Hearing Loss Treatment by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

As time passes, we come to appreciate more and more the love and support of those closest to us. Through life’s ups and downs, we rely on the love and support of friends and family to lend a hand or an ear, and we do the same for them. But if we are having trouble hearing, communicating our support for …

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

In hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Be part of Better Hearing and Speech Month, an important initiative this May, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association of America (ASHA). Better Hearing and Speech Month’s theme this May 2019 is “Communication Across the Lifespan,” with a focus on hearing health through the course of our lifetime! Resources, treatments, and news crucial to our hearing health are part of the …

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Addressing Hearing Loss in Older Adults

In hearing loss by Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

Our reliance and presumption of the intricate process of hearing can leave us vulnerable. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 900 million people worldwide will suffer from hearing loss by 2050. We rely on our hearing to avoid hazardous situations with traffic or construction to connecting with others in social situations via conversation, going to concerts and sporting events. There …