Hearing loss & holiday season

Top 10 Ways to Hear Better for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, social gatherings, entertainment, and time with family becomes far more prominent. “This time of year is about connecting with what helps you embrace and celebrate the holidays, but it’s difficult to do that with a hearing impairment or other communication issues,” says our audiologist. “And it’s not just the person with the hearing impairment who is affected by the loss, it’s their loved ones and friends, too.”

Here are six tips to help you (or someone with a hearing impairment) hear happier this holiday season.

1. Work out your ears — and your brain. Research shows that musicians are better able to pick out voices amid background noise than people who don’t play music, but it is possible for anyone to learn these processes. Part of this is because of “brain fitness,” the idea that listening to music can help sharpen hearing. “The listener’s natural inclination …

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Blunt-Force Trauma Can Cause Hearing Loss

Contact Sports and Hearing Loss

What are football players at risk of losing when playing to win?

August usually means a handful of things: It’s the last leg of summer, school is quickly approaching, and football is finally back. The return of football means many of us won’t leave our couches on Sundays (or Saturdays, depending on if you’re an NFL or college fan, or — well, let’s be honest, both!), but it also means more debate over just how dangerous the sport is.

According to ear surgeon John Leonetti, a Loyola University Medical Center doctor, retired NFL players may be at risk for more than just the effects of concussions, broken bones, and torn ligaments. According to Leonetti, they may also be at risk for permanent hearing loss and tinnitus due to repeated brain trauma.

Leonetti says there are two possible mechanisms by which repeated blows to the head could cause hearing damage: A …

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Protect Your Hearing for the 4th of July

Protect Your Family’s Hearing This Independence Day

3,2,1 — done! With our three best practices for hearing protection this holiday, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is snagging the best viewing spot.

There are so many things to think about during the 4th of July. Those burgers aren’t going to grill themselves, you remembered to set your chairs out early for this year’s parade, and the kids all have matching red, white, and blue outfits. To help you out, we’re going to make this easy yet essential to-do for you: Protect your family’s hearing this holiday.

What You Need to Know About Fireworks and Your Hearing

The amount of damage that fireworks cause to your hearing depends on:

The distance you are from them The intensity of their explosion How old you are

  The bangs and booms from fireworks can cause serious hearing damage, with sounds reaching 150 decibels (dB) …

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