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Now that the summer travel season is upon us, many Floridians are making plans to visit other parts of the country to see family and friends.

Traveling can be difficult for anyone but traveling with hearing loss presents a unique set of challenges. Unfamiliar surroundings, new schedules and different processes make it even more critical to be able to communicate and know what’s going on around us.

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Technology has redefined what it means to be living with hearing loss.

Advancements in hearing aid capabilities have opened up a whole world of sound to those who may have considered good listening experiences impossible for them.

Oticon has long been at the forefront of hearing aid technology and it shows no signs of letting up. The company is continually pushing the envelope of what is possible for those with hearing loss. Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida offers the following information about three products Oticon is revolutionizing hearing devices.

AdobeStock 81993402Research shows that individuals with hearing loss are more likely to be readmitted after a hospital stay than those with healthy hearing.

A study conducted by researchers at New York University found that patients 65 and older who had difficulty communicating with hospital staff due to hearing loss were 32% more likely to be readmitted within 30 days when compared to those without communication difficulty.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida highlights how hearing loss can affect an individual’s overall health picture.

The senior author of the study, Jan Blustein, MD, Ph.D., NYU professor, said the stressful environment of the hospital makes those with hearing loss more at risk of readmission.

heart drawing 600x375Most people don’t equate a healthy heart with healthy ears.

However, researchers have found plenty of evidence showing that there is a direct connection between that blood-pumping organ in your chest with your ability to hear properly.

February is designated as American Heart Month, making it a perfect time of year to learn more about this perhaps surprising link and how you can improve your overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heart disease kills more men and women in the United States than any other health condition, with 630,000 Americans dying from it annually.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida encourages the public to make steps to improve their cardiovascular and hearing health.

Image of woman looking into distance.Even mild cases of hearing loss can be quite stressful, taking a toll on our lives in a number of ways.

Research has shown that the inability to communicate as easily as we’d like, along with the extra effort required to understand others, takes a toll on our brains. 

A study published in 2014 suggests that untreated hearing loss is tied to depression in adults, while another study conducted in Italy found that adults in the 35-55 age range were more susceptible to anxiety, depression and mental health concerns than peers without hearing impairments.

The good news? Hearing aids such as the Oticon Siya – available at Manatee Ear Center, Bradenton, Florida – not only help make communication easier but can also reduce the stress and mental-health issues that come with hearing loss.

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