Hearing loss can make conversations more challenging. Often we must rely on our conversation partners to practice communication best practices like facing us when they speak and providing context before changing topics. But communication is a two-way street. There are also many things we can do to enhance our ability to have successful and productive interactions with others. By following some simple rules of thumb, we can put ourselves in a better position to hear and communicate as best as is possible.
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Whether you’re an experienced hearing aid user or someone who’s never stepped foot in an audiologist’s office, here are some concrete steps you can take to improve your (and your loved one’s) hearing health in 2018.
Hearing loss can feel like the end of one’s life. A resignation to an inevitable and diminished hearing experience that will forever change everything – and that may never get better. Yet those who wear hearing aids and cochlear implants know that there is life after hearing loss and that technology plays a critical role in hearing rehabilitation. In addition to hearing devices, there are a number of apps, tools, toys, and gear that can enhance one’s hearing experience across a variety of environments.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays — delicious food, good spirits and lively gatherings of family and friends. But with my hearing loss, I sometimes worry I will miss out on some of the fun. Large dining room tables make conversation tricky, especially, like in my family, if everyone is talking at once. Background chatter combined with noise from the football games on television add to the overall din, making it a tough listening situation. What is a person with hearing loss to do? Follow these tips and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
With hearing loss often comes the loss of the enjoyment of music and discourages many from listening, playing and singing even if they once did. Much research now says that can be a blow to brain health, cognitive functioning and more.
Researchers have been trying to zero in on exactly why so many people experience the phantom sound of ringing in their ears, not to mention the best ways to make it stop. But thanks to recent advances in genomics, cognitive psychology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, they are making a lot of progress.
Support groups have much to offer that you cannot get anywhere else. Most if not all states have their own agencies or commissions on deafness and the hard of hearing that provide leadership, advocacy and education and can lead you to multiple resources often just a phone call, text, or email away.
So I can’t make this up! I lost my processor in its Aqua+ on Sunday. It was a bummer as I didn’t bring my back-up and only had my Kanso for the other side and didn’t bring the Aqua+ for that. However, 4 days later, Denise and I are sitting on the beach and we see this gentleman with a metal detector in the water! I sent my mom down to talk to the man and just let him know if he happens to find a processor, let us know! Not five minutes later he found it! Perfect working condition! Didn’t even have to change the battery or anything!!! By the way, the gentleman’s name was Walter and we had him take a picture with us!
Hearables are about to hit retirement homes, thanks to an ambitious new initiative its creators call Hearables for All. Spearheaded by the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, the 12-month-program will let hearing-impaired elders try out the latest Internet and smartphone-enabled personal sound amplification (PSAPs) devices.
The main dining room at this high-end venue where guests were seated at tables for ten was a perfect storm of poor acoustics. The wooden dance floor from end to end, metal and prefab structures, and the decorated ceiling bore no evidence of buffering in a room that was as tight as a refrigerator with its door closed.