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Communication Tips for the Family of those with Hearing Loss Speaking to Someone With Hearing Loss If you are an adult, aural/audiologic rehabilitation services will focus on adjusting to your hearing loss, making the best use of your hearing aids, exploring assistive devices that might help, managing conversations, and taking charge of your communication. Services can be individual, in small groups, or a combination of both. Your hearing loss It is important to understand your specific hearing loss. Sometimes it takes several discussions with your audiologist and with your family for things to “click.” By better understanding your hearing loss, you will gain new insights into why you think people are mumbling, why you “hear” but cannot “understand,” why you ...

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Individuals often experience different levels of hearing loss in each ear. And patients in this situation frequently ask us “Can’t I just treat my really bad ear for hearing loss? Won’t that be improvement enough?” While we at Columbia Basin Hearing Center sometimes see patients with hearing loss in only one ear (also known as unilateral hearing loss), typically the factors that have led to the impairment have affected both ears — just to a different degree. In this relatively common situation, we find that fitting just one hearing aid usually fails to provide a satisfying sound experience for the wearer. Hearing well with both ears not only takes advantage of our ears’ critical ability to identify the location of ...

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Hearing loss at any age is an emotional issue, and robs you of a sense that adds so much to the richness of life. Hearing loss is especially heartbreaking in children, as well as to the parents whose child have been diagnosed with pediatric hearing loss. Not only does hearing loss impact the sound experience of a life yet to be lived to the fullest, but it also creates a barrier to a child’s number one job: learning. Fortunately, many causes of hearing loss are treatable, and it is often possible to return the sounds of childhood to a young life. Categories of Pediatric Hearing Loss Hearing loss can range from mild (one that causes difficulty hearing hushed tones such ...

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Protect Your Hearing Whether it’s game movement, trap release, or range commands, hearing is an important element of your shooting accuracy, safety and enjoyment. Our Magnum Ear™ products are designed to extend the range of your hearing, while limiting the harmful effects of muzzle blast. Starkey now offers high performance digital technology for shooters seeking both sound amplification and hearing protection. Digital means lower noise, less feedback and the ability to tune into your surroundings while protecting your hearing. The Magnum Ear™ comes in two models that fit either ear without a special fitting, plus a custom fit model for the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Exposure to excessive noise during work or leisure activities can increase a person’s risk ...

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Even Mild Hearing Loss Triples Risk of Falling standard

By the Doctors of Audiology at Columbia Basin Hearing Center A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests that hearing loss significantly increases your risk of falling. Among older adults (age 65 or older), falls are a serious public health problem and are the leading cause of injury death in the US. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries and 2.2 million nonfatal injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2009. Direct medical costs of falls are estimated at approximately $30 billion dollars per year. To make the connection between hearing loss and fall risk, researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 people ...

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