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7 A.M. Phil’s morning routine   Like many Americans Phil’s age, Phil is a proud veteran.  Ever since Phil was drafted into the U.S. Army, his eyes seem to automatically open around 6 am.  When he retired a few years ago – although Phil is awake at 6 am, he forces himself to stay in bed until around 7 am. 

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Why won’t he just get his hearing checked? A day in the life of “Polly”   This is Part 2 of a 4-part series outlining a real-life example of a fictitious couple named “Phil and Polly” and their day-to-day struggle of living with hearing loss. 7 am Polly’s quiet time It’s early on a crisp, Saturday morning in Charlotte, NC,

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Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator.  Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the

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Spring is one of our favorite seasons! The weather is warming up and moving us all outdoors to thaw from the long winter. However, these erratic seasonal changes during Spring can wreck havoc on our allergies, our sinuses and even our hearing. Pollen means allergies, which means histamines. This means more mucus production which can impact our hearing since the

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Excessive noise exposure can cause hearing loss and/or a condition called Tinnitus.  Studies have shown that during World War II, for example, we knew very little about the effects of soldiers’ prolonged exposure to loud blasts or pulse signals from guns firing repeatedly. In Vietnam and the Korean War, we saw some improvement, but today, we do a much better

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If communication is key to healthy relationships – could hearing loss be impacting how you interact with those you love the most? Many of our patients have shared that hearing loss has left them with feelings like frustration, and even resentment among couples and family members, mostly because day-to-day communication is so difficult. Do any of these sound familiar? Frustration

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Most Americans consider themselves health conscious, or at minimum, health aware - even if we don’t always eat healthy or exercise, we know we should.   I f hearing loss was having a negative impact on our overall health, how would we know? Our general practitioner or family doctor would tell us, right? Not necessarily.   When we don’t hear well, we’re constantly

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As a young boy, I watched how my mother dealt with her hearing loss. It began as a mild inconvenience and gradually increased, creating a constant struggle to stay engaged and connected to everything she held dear. I was the third youngest of seven children. Growing up on a small farm in northeast Indiana, we didn’t have much by today’s

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