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Why Do Masks Make it Difficult to Communicate?

Masks have become an everyday part of our lives. Our public health officials recommend that we wear masks when meeting people, when visiting the doctor, and even when shopping. Masks are an effective way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, we also know that masks make it difficult to communicate.  Masks Affect Speech Understanding Wearing a mask muffles the sound of your voice. This makes it harder to hear what’s being said,...
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Communication At Work: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Hearing loss is a serious condition you may not even know you are living with. This is because hearing loss can develop slowly over time, due to old age (presbycusis) or noise induced hearing loss, due to excessive noise at work or recreation.  It is often the people around you who notice you are missing conversation and first mention it. If people around you are suggesting this, then this is a good time to seek...
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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 48 million Americans (20 percent) report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is third most common physical condition behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages. People ages 60-70 are most affected. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from wearing hearing aids. Sadly, of those age 70...
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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of biological factors, environmental issues, and lifestyle issues. There is no reason that hearing loss should get in the way of living your fullest, best life, however. Acknowledging your hearing loss and treating it can go a very long way in improving your physical and mental well-being—and will improve the relationships you have with friends, loved ones, and coworkers.   The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss Treating...
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