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Often, the way a hearing aid appears to other people is enough to keep people with untreated hearing loss from working to find help for their hearing loss.  However, what many people don’t understand is that the hearing aid industry has come a very, very long way since your grandfather wore hearing aids. If you are dealing with hearing loss, the best thing you can do is visit one an Otolaryngologist/ENT and Audiologist for a proper medical evaluation.


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If you have hearing loss and have used hearing aids in the past you already know not all hearing aids are created equally. Hearing aids are also only a portion of the complete hearing health process. Working with an experienced and professional Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Specialist to specifically program a hearing aid to an individual person’s specific hearing loss is what brings your hearing healthcare full circle.


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As with many other health issues, hearing loss is commonly linked to various additional health conditions. It is only within the last several years that hearing loss has been linked to disabling health conditions. Hearing loss creates a sort of petri-dish that cultivates the progression of other health issues. Hearing loss supports social isolation and loneliness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, such as serious cognitive decline connected to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, clinical depression, balance and fall issues among the older demographic, heart disease and more.


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Nowadays we can basically find everything we need or want online, including hearing aids. But, like the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. In this case, hearing aids are tricky to get exactly right in an over-the-counter type of setting. Much like our finger prints, our ear shapes are all different making it very difficult for a mass-produced over-the-counter hearing aid to really work as hearing aids are intended.


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Hearing loss shouldn’t keep anyone from fully enjoying every special moment with their friends and family this spring. If you know of a loved one or someone in our community who could benefit from improved hearing, please submit your nomination on why you think they deserve it. One winner from each Physicians Hearing Solutions offices (located in Warwick, RI and East Providence, RI). Each winner will receive a free pair of Phonak hearing instruments.


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We’ve discussed ear wax becoming a blockage for your hearing, and medications that can be poisonous to your hearing (ototoxicity). Now let’s cover Tinnitus and your hearing health. Tinnitus is an awareness of a sound in the ear or head that is not caused by actual external noise. Many people assume experiencing Tinnitus means you are experiencing hearing loss. This is not always the case. In fact, nearly 50 percent of individuals who experience Tinnitus don’t show any measurable sign of hearing loss at all.


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