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Hearing Loss Linked to Depression by Monique Hammond

By Monique Hammond / May 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Hearing Loss Linked to Depression by Monique Hammond

Why wait for help? Does research show that hearing loss and depression are linked? Indeed, it does. As hearing loss becomes worse and affects every aspect of life, the emotional fall-out becomes more complicated and overwhelming.  So, why do people wait for up to ten years before they get tested and get help? Three out of five…

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Hearing Loss Is Also a Lot About Others

By Monique Hammond / May 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Hearing Loss Is Also a Lot About Others

Strained relationships  “I wish that mom had some mercy on us. She is so hard to live with.”  These words were spoken by a lady during a support meeting. They illustrate the helplessness that friends and relatives often feel as they try to relate to a loved one with hearing challenges. Hearing loss becomes fast…

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! By Monique Hammond

By Monique Hammond / May 3, 2018 / Comments Off on May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! By Monique Hammond

For the public good  Every year since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) dedicates the month of May to promote public awareness regarding hearing and speech disorders.  This year’s theme is “Communication for All.” Although the efforts of highlighting these two communication issues are mostly geared at children, adults also suffer from the fallout of…

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

By Monique Hammond / May 3, 2018 / Comments Off on May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

For the public good  Every year since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) dedicates the month of May to promote public awareness regarding hearing and speech disorders.  This year’s theme is “Communication for All.” Although the efforts of highlighting these two communication issues are mostly geared at children, adults also suffer from the fallout of…

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What is Hidden Hearing Loss? By Monique Hammond

By Monique Hammond / April 24, 2018 / Comments Off on What is Hidden Hearing Loss? By Monique Hammond

This is hearing loss that is due to nerve damage. It stays “hidden” on basic hearing tests because they do not detect it and therefore are often reported as “normal” or “near normal.”  And so, test results do not explain the symptoms described by patients. However, the gap between the symptoms and the test reports alerts experienced…

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What is Hidden Hearing Loss?

By Monique Hammond / April 24, 2018 / Comments Off on What is Hidden Hearing Loss?

This is hearing loss that is due to nerve damage. It stays “hidden” on basic hearing tests because they do not detect it and therefore are often reported as “normal” or “near normal.”  And so, test results do not explain the symptoms described by patients. However, the gap between the symptoms and the test reports alerts experienced…

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5 Dangerous Hearing Loss Myths by Monique Hammond

By Monique Hammond / April 7, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Dangerous Hearing Loss Myths by Monique Hammond

A myth is a “widely held but false belief or idea.” Hearing loss myths all too often become set-ups for ever greater injury. 1) Hearing loss is an “old people’s” problem This is no longer true. “Young” ears are not immune or resistant to hearing loss.    Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that 1 in 5 Americans, age 12 and…

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Hearing Loss and The Denial Trap

By Monique Hammond / March 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Hearing Loss and The Denial Trap

Nobody likes to talk about the chronic communication disorder called hearing loss. Instead, people deny it for as long as possible. The fact that it is often called an “invisible” disability further suggests that it can be hidden, which is actually hard to do. On average, it takes 5 to 10 years before people act…

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Six-point Action Plan on Hearing Loss

By Monique Hammond / March 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Six-point Action Plan on Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a chronic communication disorder. It affects every aspect of life and becomes quickly limiting and unsettling. All the more reason to take action!  Here are 6 points for gaining control as hearing loss threatens quality of life in all sorts of ways. The aim is to go forward, NOT backward.  1) Don’t procrastinate! …

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Tinnitus: An Emotional Journey

By Monique Hammond / March 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Tinnitus: An Emotional Journey

Tinnitus is a mystery and often so much more than mere “ringing in the ears.” No matter what the cause, noises such as buzzing, ringing, roaring, hissing or thumping  trigger all kinds of emotional responses  – from annoyance to desperation.  In classic, “subjective” tinnitus, only the patient “hears” these phantom sounds, which frustrates many people.…

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