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It’s finally 2020, which is not only a new year, but a new decade! If you’re like most people across the globe, you probably had some version of a new year’s resolution. If you made a commitment to get healthy in the new year, consider including your hearing health within that resolution. Of course, resolutions only work when we are emotionally invested and committed to them.

For you to be healthy this year, your hearing health should absolutely be a part of your overall plan. Why? Well, aside from your hearing health being one of your primary five senses, your hearing health is very much connected to your long-term brain health as well.


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Did you know you have a set of sensory hair cells in your inner ear that are responsible for how you hear? The hair cells (Also known as stereocilia) in the inner ear receive sound vibrations from these hair cells, which are rolled up and live inside the cochlea. Unlike the hair on your head, these hair cells do not grow back once they are damaged or die. What many of us don’t realize is that there is a great deal of things that happen that can permanently damage these hair cells, which are actually very delicate.


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For many people living with hearing loss, the holiday season can be overwhelming and challenging. Many of us not living with hearing loss look forward to family gatherings, holiday parties and visiting with friends and family. For a person living with hearing loss however, parties and gatherings bring a host of anxieties. This is primarily true for people living with hearing loss because parties and social situations can lead to challenging listening obstacles.


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Not all types of hearing loss are preventable. Certain types of hearing loss are age-related, but many types of hearing loss are not age related. There are things we can do to preserve our hearing abilities when it comes to noise-induced hearing loss to help reduce the impact of loud noises from permanently damaging your hearing. The following are three basic tips to prevent long-term permanent hearing loss from occurring:


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There are three areas of the brain that connect with our auditory system, which helps each person to interpret sounds correctly and produce speech. If you’re feeling a loss of energy, it could be because you have hearing loss and your brain is working over-time trying to connect signals.

Three areas of our brain connect with the auditory system to help interpret sound and produce speech:


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Living with untreated hearing loss is a long and often, lonely battle. Even when trying to do simple daily tasks, such as listening for the coffee maker and microwave, hearing the doorbell and telephone ring, not to mention understanding telephone conversations, hearing loss can impact every corner of a person’s lifestyle and functionality.


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Starting a conversation about hearing loss is very rarely easy, especially the first time. If this is your first attempt to talk to someone about your concern for their hearing health, it probably won’t end successfully. This is not to say that you should not try however, it typically takes a person with hearing loss between five to seven years before seeking help. Don’t give up! The more conversations you have, the greater the chances a person with hearing loss will find acceptance and be ready to get the hearing help they need.


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3 Things Everyone Should Know About Hearing Loss

If you do not personally experience hearing loss you cannot truly feel what it’s like to live with hearing loss. It’s challenging for a person with hearing loss to explain to friends, family and others just how difficult functioning daily with untreated hearing loss can be.


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