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Book by deaf author teaches us to live with passion

What is the key of a happy life? Living it passionately, says Karen Putz, author of a new book on the topic.

“My life changed dramatically when I began focusing on bringing passion and joy into my life,” she says.

Karen, who was born with “normal” hearing, became hard-of-hearing after getting sick in elementary school and severely deaf at age 19 after tripping over a wake while barefoot water skiing.

“I spent many, many years hiding my hearing aid,” she says. “It wasn’t until I became deaf as a teen that I began to embrace a whole new different way to live.”

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4 awesome moments you can only hear in Australia

Tourism Australia recently released a list the most awesome moments that can only be experienced in Australia, which makes us immediately want to go Down Under.

Featured on the list are beautiful locations and animals, but it got us thinking… how would these moments change if we couldn’t experience the sounds that go along with them?

We break down some of these awesome moments you can only have in Australia and the sounds that make them so amazing.

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This is how to talk to people newly diagnosed with hearing loss 

Are you new to having hearing loss, or know someone who was recently diagnosed with hearing loss? 

Some people are born deaf and hard-of-hearing, while others lose their hearing over time. When a person loses their hearing later on in life, communication with family and other hearing people can get challenging.

To help communication go a little bit smoother, Phonak hEARo Jessica Flores has some tips! 

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How a deaf creative director uses technology to achieve his dreams

He is completely deaf in one ear and has 35 percent hearing in the other, but that is not what defines Peter Westerling as a person.

He is full of creativity, life and movement. A pioneer in the digital evolution, the Swedish man also has the country’s first Internet bank on his track record.

Peter has a congenital sensorineural hearing impairment with deafness in the left ear and hearing loss in the right ear.

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Is tinnitus hereditary?

A new study shows that certain forms of tinnitus – a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears – may be hereditary.

Men, in particular, may be more prone to experience bilateral tinnitus because of their genetics, according to the study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the European research network TINNET.

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Is an in-the-ear hearing aid right for me?

Even though hearing aids share the common goal of providing more access to sounds, finding the right one can be a real challenge. Differences in amplification, size, style or the way a hearing aid is worn are some of the things that need to be taken into consideration.

One of the options available is an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid. This style of hearing aid  sits inside the ear canal and is usually custom fit for the wearer.

There are three types of ITEs; the full shell, half shell and one that sits completely in the ear canal. The full shell ITE is designed to sit perfectly within the outer ear while the half shell fits within the outer part of your ear. The third type sits deep within the ear canal and is usually completely invisible.

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