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A deep dive into swimmer’s ear

June 4, 2024

Nothing says summer like a refreshing dip in the lake or swimming the lanes on a sunny morning. Or maybe it’s pool volleyball you dream of while planning your annual tropical getaway. Whatever floats your boat, it’s hard to deny that summer and water activities go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, water activities can often lead to swimmer’s ear. (Ouch!) What is swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear (or otitis externa) is an infection found ...

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Did you hear? Eating healthy may reduce women’s hearing loss risk

May 15, 2024

It’s no secret that eating healthy is great for your overall health — reducing the risk of chronic diseases, supporting brain function, improving mental health, helping you stay active — and beyond. But another benefit of nutritious noshing may be music to women’s ears in particular: Women who eat a healthy diet may reduce their risk of hearing loss by 30 percent — according to a study of 71,000 female nurses over a period of ...

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What is the best sound ever?

May 2, 2024

Welcome to Better Hearing Month! In honor of this important time, which raises awareness of hearing and speech problems and the value of getting our hearing checked, you are invited to join Starkey in recognizing the joy and betterment sound brings to our daily lives.   From the blissful gurgle of a baby’s giggle to the soothing patter of rain against your window, to that old song that always reminds you of your first road ...

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Hearing aids help us hear better and feel better

April 17, 2024

We know that past studies have associated hearing loss with depression and it’s no surprise why: When it’s difficult to hear, it’s difficult to communicate—which can lead to social isolation and eventually, depression. But what makes today’s fact stand out is that it highlights one of the first studies to directly link hearing aids with a reduced risk of depression. How study linked hearing aids with lowered depression Researchers from ...

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You just got your first pair of hearing aids — now what?

April 1, 2024

Congratulations! You’ve got your new hearing aids and taken that first step towards hearing better and living better. So, what’s next? It’s time to get acclimated—or “used to” wearing your hearing aids. And one of the best things you can do to set yourself up for success is to remember the following: Getting used to wearing hearing aids takes time, practice, and patience. But once you begin to adapt in those ...

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Hopeful News for People at High Risk for Cognitive Decline

March 13, 2024

This just in—even more evidence to support that hearing aids can be beneficial to our brain health: A new study found that, for older adults at risk for cognitive decline, hearing aids were shown to reduce the risk by nearly half.  The study, known as the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders study—or ACHIEVE study, for short—was published in The Lancet, and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® just ...

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Unlocking a World of Sounds for a Better Quality of Life

March 1, 2024

We know that past studies have associated hearing loss with depression and it’s no surprise why: When it’s difficult to hear, it’s difficult to communicate—which can lead to social isolation and eventually, depression. But what makes today’s fact stand out is that it highlights one of the first studies to directly link hearing aids with a reduced risk of depression. How study linked hearing aids with lowered depression Researchers from ...

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Is there a way I can help a loved one who has hearing loss?

February 5, 2024

We know that, left untreated, hearing loss can negatively affect our quality of life. Studies link untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social isolation, and even dementia. Untreated hearing loss also increases the risk of falling, putting personal safety at risk.  But the person with hearing loss isn’t the only person affected by it. Hearing loss impacts spouses, family members, and friends. Repeating things over and over during conversation can be exhausting and frustrating ...

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How to properly clean your ears

January 19, 2024

Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is key to a healthy ear. It collects dirt, debris and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering the ear. It has lubrication properties to keep the ears from getting dry and itchy. And, it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial, helping to fight infections in and around our ears.  But, let’s face it, earwax is also kind of blech, and an unpleasant obstacle to keeping your ears clean ...

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Hear all the best moments in 2024

January 4, 2024

Happy New Year to you and all those you care about! Like many of us, you’ve probably just finished unwinding from a whirlwind month. That time of year when you put others first — your family, friends, colleagues, community. And good for you. It’s what the holidays are about, right? But now it’s your turn. As you begin this brand-new year and prepare for what’s ahead, give yourself permission to make changes ...

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