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Phonak hEARo, Phil is an author, journalist and therapist, living on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast with his wife Raine and their three children. Phil was diagnosed in 2016 with mild to moderate Sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and tinnitus. He uses Phonak silver digital hearing aids with automatic volume controls.

Researchers find a drug combination that could regenerate ear hair cells

Researchers in American wondered why certain creatures have the natural ability to regenerate parts which have ceased to function. Lizards can grow lost limbs and even sharks grow brand new teeth sets. However, when it comes to humans, nothing like this appears to happen.
As things turned out, we as humans do possess an ability to regenerate cells in our intestines. A similarity between these cells in the intestine and cells found in the cochlea led researchers working at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear to discover that a cocktail of drugs injected into this area can cause hair regrowth, something previously assumed impossible.

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A year on my hearing loss journey

My hearing loss journey started a little over a year ago and I can’t believe the ups and downs I went through to get to where I am today. 

Going from having normal hearing all your life to suddenly losing it, is an experience that is only relatable if you have gone through it. Even if it is just a small loss, the effects of the experience of learning about your hearing loss, getting fit with hearing aids and readjusting back to normal life are significant.

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Can hearing loss make you less empathic?

When we think of using our hearing aids, we tend to think of clarity, loudness and sensitivity.

We home in on hearing the words spoken to us clearly, so that we can respond in kind.

However, a recent study reports on an important question for those who experience hearing loss: is it enough just to hear words, or do we need to also understand the emotional intent behind them?

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Why social support is crucial for those with hearing loss

How important is having support when we first discover our hearing loss? 

When one of our family or friends is hard of hearing, it usually becomes something of an inside joke. The challenge over time becomes part of the fabric of our lives. Something to smile about. Just a sign of age and nothing to worry about.

Admitting to ourselves that someone we love has a problem that we can’t fix, can be difficult for people. The fact that older people newly diagnosed will have in most cases struggled with hearing loss for a number of years before seeking help only adds to the problem.

This is why social support is crucial for people with hearing loss.

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Being the Change: How to End Hearing Loss Prejudice

It is often said that people fear what they do not understand. This is never truer than when they are confronted with an unknown difference in another person.

Time and time again, society distances itself from those it views as different. The media does nothing to change this, and in fact, usually acts in ways to reinforce stereotypical behavior already in-place.

Why is there prejudice where hearing loss is concerned? The answer to this question is very simple. We only have to look back at our recent history to get an idea where the current prevalent mindset originated.

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I felt isolated with hearing loss, until I did this

If you are new to hearing loss, it can be hard to understand and adjust to at first. It may feel like you are the only one in that situation. The good news is you are not alone and volunteering is a way to pull you out of your isolation through helping others.

There comes a stage for most of us when we have our hearing aids and we begin the slow process of learning to live with them and with our hearing loss. All too often this is a time of isolation. Even those who have loving supportive family and friends can still feel very much on their own during this often worrying time, during the hearing loss journey.

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How body language helps you communicate

Since discovering my hearing loss, I’ve noticed how I am more aware of body language and how it helps me communicate. 

Body Language is a great form of communication because it is universal and doesn’t rely on verbal communication. It can also help you gain insight into what another person is thinking, before they even open their mouth to speak.

As someone with hearing loss, I’ve been able to communicate better by understanding how to read body language. Here are a few examples of common body language expressions and what they may mean: 

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Hearing loss can be stressful. Here’s how to manage it

Learning to manage your stress levels can extend your lifespan and directly impact the relationships around you at home and in the workplace.

Being a person with hearing loss adds a large number of stress causing issues and problems. Whether it’s communication issues, fear of preforming tasks without your hearing aids, or embarrassment over your hearing loss, there are ways to cope.

Here are some ways to reduce the problems of living with hearing loss and reduce the stress.

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