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Listening Exercises To Help You Become a Better Communicator
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

Doing these listening exercises can help you improve your listening and your connection with other people. A few pointers on how to do the exercises on this page. The exercises need to be done while sitting face to face with a partner. Do the exercises in the order they appear on this page. Take turns to practice so you both can learn and appreciate the… Read More

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Buying a hearing aid on the internet or through the mail is risky.
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

You are not just “buying” a hearing aid – you are getting professional health care and rehabilitation. A hearing aid is a medical device that is part of a comprehensive treatment plan for persons suffering from hearing loss. Beware of “discounted” personal sound amplifiers (PSAP’s) and sound enhancers, like those shown in the Sunday paper and on TV. These devices are not hearing aids; meaning… Read More

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Audiology Health Care and Digital Hearing Aids
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

Your hearing aids are fully digital hearing aids. They are hooked up to a computer and programmed specifically for you. The program will often consist of more than 24 independent and interactive prescription settings across the wide ranges of pitches and loudness levels for speech, to specifically fit your hearing loss. The prescriptions are not like prescriptions for glasses. Glasses correct vision, but hearing aids… Read More

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Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

As soon as you start wearing hearing aids your brain will begin the process of “re-learning” how to hear. Although some people some people adjust immediately, for most it usually takes practice and time to become a skillful and successful hearing aid listener. For example, it will take time before you become accustomed to certain sounds. Since all of these sounds are new, your brain… Read More

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Men Who Want to Stay Active Should Address Hearing Loss
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

Better Hearing Institute Participates in National Men’s Health Week Washington, DC, May 23, 2013 – Hearing health affects a man’s lifestyle, and if he wants to stay active, feel younger, and remain socially and professionally engaged, he should address any hearing loss he may be experiencing. This is the overriding message that the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is delivering to men around the country in… Read More

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Money: People with Untreated Hearing Loss Earn Less
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

New Study Reveals Financial Dangers of Leaving Hearing Loss Unaddressed WASHINGTON — People with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in salary and wages annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss, according to the latest national study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). And the cost to society is estimated to be as high as $26 billion in unrealized federal taxes. Use… Read More

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Straining to Hear and Fend Off Dementia
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

By KATHERINE BOUTON At a party the other night, a fund-raiser for a literary magazine, I found myself in conversation with a well-known author whose work I greatly admire. I use the term “conversation” loosely. I couldn’t hear a word he said. But worse, the effort I was making to hear was using up so much brain power that I completely forgot the titles of… Read More

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Are You Aware of Your Hearing Loss?
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

Patricia B. Kricos, Ph.D. – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida “What? You think I have a hearing loss?” If you are like many people, you may be surprised when friends and family suggest that you have a hearing problem. You may think to yourself “I hear what people say. I don’t know why they think I have a hearing loss.” Many times, you probably do… Read More

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Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Hearing Resource Center of San Mateo

 Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss.The numbers are similar – is there a link? Yes, says the National Institute of Health (NIH). In fact, the NIH has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes… Read More

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