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The hearing aid that detects falls and sends alerts
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on January 15, 2021
If you’re an older adult — or care for someone who is — falling is likely high on your list of worries. And for good reason. According to the National Council on Aging1: • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older...
One in five with hearing loss feel lonely and it’s affecting their health
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on January 01, 2021
Loneliness has typically been thought of like most other human emotions — fleeting and virtually harmless. While short periods of loneliness may not have negative effects, prolonged loneliness is toxic and increases the risk of dying by 26%. In fact, loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of heart...
Ear is the new wrist
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 15, 2020
Stick it in your ear — why the ear is a smart place to put a fitness tracker Health and fitness trackers are now commonplace in our digital lives. As we strive to stay healthier and live longer, we look to these body-worn gadgets to tell us how were doing with our daily exercise goals, and as a gateway to our overall health and wellness. Wrist-worn...
Made for face masks
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on December 02, 2020
Face masks have unequivocally been a good thing when it comes to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. But they present challenges when trying to communicate with others. Especially if you or the person you’re communicating with has hearing loss. Face masks muffle speech and block important lip-reading cues. Both are key to understanding speech. Add in...
Oh The Nerve!
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on November 18, 2020
In our clinic, when we’re inserting things into people’s ears (such as foam tips we use during hearing testing, or cotton dams when we make earmold impressions), sometimes it sets off a coughing fit. That’s because there is a very important cranial nerve that connects the brain to the body, called the vagus nerve, that runs very close to the...
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