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    1. Can My Hearing Loss Be Reversed?

      Losing your hearing can be an inconvenience -- sometimes a major one that makes you worry. While some forms of hearing loss aren’t reversible, many are. But how does it stack up? Earwax helps clean and protect the ears. Normally, your ears will clear it out on their own. If you use cotton swabs to c

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    2. Bells and Whistles: The Latest in Hearing Aid Tech

      Modern hearing-aid technology can help you hear what you want to hear when you want to hear it. Many devices have features that hearing aid wearers would never have dreamed of 50 or even 20 years ago. Your basic hearing aid and cochlear implant are still essential for better hearing. It's the bells

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    3. Hearing Loss: Tips for Better Communication

      If you’re living with hearing loss, conversations can be a challenge. But sometimes “the most effective aids are small lifestyle changes,” says Rosellen Reif, a counselor in Raleigh, N.C., who helps people with physical disabilities.  Here are some things that can help. Ask for a heads up. Have love

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    4. How to Handle the Emotions of Hearing Loss

      People who start to lose their hearing know it can have a big impact on life, but they may be surprised by the way it can affect their emotions. They might feel helpless or depressed, and get angry or frustrated. The same is true for parents of a child who has hearing loss. All are normal reactions.

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    5. Don’t Go Through Tough Times Alone

      Are you going through a rough patch? Do you feel like you’re the only one in the world going through it? You’re not. A support network can lead to a better journey and greater overall health. Some people get the understanding they need from family and friends. But for others, a group of folks facing

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    6. Good Friends Are Good for You

      "You got to have friends to make that day last long," sings Bette Midler. Good friends may help your life last longer, too. A recent study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with fewer friends by more than 20%. Why?

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    7. Keeping in Touch With Family Can Keep You Healthy

      Families, almost from their start, face forces that could pull them apart. When a family begins to mature, that potential loss of connection, that feeling of something changing, is difficult to confront. And it makes communication even more important. “This idea of feeling connected becomes very rei

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    8. Technology and Relationships: The Pros and Cons

      As we spend more and more time snuggled up with our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, a big question looms: Are these devices bringing us closer together or further apart? The answer may depend on which decade you were born in.  “Boomers and Gen-Xers may look at young people staring at their device

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    9. 7 Tips to Help Decide if Surgery Is Right for You

      If you're not sure whether to go ahead with surgery, think about the pros and cons. It may seem like a daunting task, but with your doctor's help, you can lay out the risks and benefits. These simple steps can make it easier to reach a decision. Ask your surgeon to get specific about how an operatio

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    10. What to Ask Your Surgeon Before an Operation

      Getting nervous as the big day approaches? You'll feel more relaxed if you meet with your surgeon beforehand to get your questions answered. He can tell you what to expect and explain how to prepare. Most surgeries used to happen at hospitals, says Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a medical director a

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