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Hearing and the Musician

Hearing the Sound of Music Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony while having it; Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich of Local 424 (Richmond, CA) suffers from it; and so does Americana musician and songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard of Local 433 (Austin, TX). It does not discriminate and it crosses all musical genres. And what is it? It is…

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Hearing Loss and Mental Health

  Since the mid-90’s medical studies have shown a high correlation between mental health and hearing loss in our senior population. However a recent study conducted by the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, (online, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, March, 2014) shows new findings that the greater the hearing loss, the…

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How to Choose a Hearing Aid

  In the ever-changing marketplace of technology, innovation and healthcare, one may not initially think that “hearing aids” are part of this evolution. However in the past decade the development of true hearing solutions for hearing loss have expanded to vastly improve communication in challenging noisy environments, reduced the need for volume controls, are Bluetooth…

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How to Choose an Audiologist

  In today’s hearing healthcare world there are many choices for hearing providers.  Statistical facts are that the national average for noticing “some” hearing loss to ultimately seeking treatment for the hearing loss is typically 5-7 years. When the decision is finally made to improve everyday communication and lifestyle with better hearing, it is then…

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Use It or Lose It

  The importance of paying attention to your hearing in day-to-day communication By: Dr. Soriya Estes The rustling of wind through the trees, the fullness of the Austin Symphony as the piccolos and flutes chase the violins, the punch line of a joke during cocktail hour and the dramatic declaration during the cliffhanger of Downtown Abbey:…

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Insurance and Hearing Care

Does Hearing Insurance Exist? Insurance can be a wonderful thing.  What’s not always wonderful is trying to figure out what is covered by insurance, especially when it comes to the ‘other’ coverages like dental, vision and hearing.  Hearing care is being more widely accepted as a necessary medical expense and that is translating in to more…

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