Opinion Articles

Opinion pieces from Hearing Tracker staff and contributors

Consumers Still Need Telecoils and Hearing Loops–Even If They Have Bluetooth Hearing Aids

While the industry develops, tests, and ultimately deploys exciting new broadcast audio technologies like Auracast, it is critical that hearing...

Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD on
Is Hearing Loss a Trick or a Treat?

In all my years of celebrating Halloween, nobody has ever come looking for a trick, but often, things in life include a smattering of both tricks...

Shari Eberts on
What I Wish People With Normal Hearing Understood About Hearing Loss

In my long journey from occasional frustration at a few missed words to reluctant purchase of my first hearing aids to wearing my current ones 16...

Steve Klinger on
Noopl Review: iPhone Accessory that Makes it Easier to Hear in Background Noise?

Noopl 2.0 is an iPhone accessory that makes it easier to hear in background noise. It works by removing background noise and...

Matthew Allsop on
Have You Been Screened For Hearing Loss?

Once we hit a certain age, our primary care physicians recommend a series of medical procedures to generate a baseline health profile and to...

Shari Eberts on
Ready to Travel Again? Tips for Those with Hearing Loss

If you’re hard of hearing or deaf, channel your spirit of adventure and get planning. These tips for ideal destinations, accommodations, and of...

Nina Malkin on
Signia Active X First Impressions

The new Signia Active X hearing aids are hearing aids for people who don't want hearing aids. Here are my first impressions.

Abram Bailey, AuD on
Sign-Language Stars: Our Top 3 ASL Interpreters

The expressive style and outstanding dedication of these 3 ASL interpreters has kept us in the loop during times of crisis.

Nina Malkin on
Dating with Hearing Loss: 6 Success Strategies

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, dating can be daunting. Where to find romance? And when to mention your hearing issue?

Nina Malkin on
Discover the Wonder of Powerful Sound With Phonak Naída™ Paradise

Phonak Naída Paradise combines unrivaled sound quality with personalized digital solutions and universal connectivity to meet the needs of all...

Justin Elder on
When Your Husband Won’t Get Hearing Aids

There were plenty of signs my husband, now age 48, had hearing issues. When I got in a car after he had driven it, the stereo would come on at a...

Bari Nan Rothchild on
What Tree Pose Teaches Us About Living With Hearing Loss

Communication with hearing loss is always challenging. Even with perfectly calibrated hearing devices, background noise, low talkers and bad...

Shari Eberts on
Airpods Pro Help With Tinnitus

Bluetooth headphones, like Airpods, can provide tinnitus relief. They may not be the long-term solution, but they can definitely help.

Ben Thompson, AuD on
Why I Avoided Hearing Aids

I wasn't even 50. Surely, hearing loss wasn't the problem... I had refused to believe the signs that my ears were the issue.

Jeffrey Rothchild on
Nuheara IQbuds² Max VS Apple Airpods Pro

The Nuheara IQbuds² Max and Apple Airpods Pro are the two leading hearable products on the market, providing customized amplification tuned to...

Mark Truong on
How to Succeed With Hearing Aids and Dementia

Becoming a successful hearing aid user isn't easy, especially when dementia is involved. Here are five strategies to help you, or a loved one,...

Shea Zukowski on
How to Talk to Your Parents About Getting Hearing Aids

Convincing your parents to investigate their hearing problems can be difficult, especially given the stigma of getting older.

Julia Métraux on
Signia Styletto X - Hearing Aid Review

I spent over 130 hours reviewing the new Signia Styletto X hearing aids. Here are the pros and cons of these devices.

Mark Truong on
ReSound One: The Pandemic Hearing Aid Review

ReSound's latest hearing aids are built for cutting-edge performance in background noise. I had to get creative to test out the manufacturer's...

Abram Bailey, AuD on
Planning a Virtual Thanksgiving? 5 Ways to Boost Communication

Virtual catch-ups with loved ones are the new normal, but video calls can be tricky. They’re more challenging still when those with hearing loss...

Julia Métraux on
Do You Have 20/20 Hearing?

The metric 20/20 refers to your ability to hear sounds at 20 decibels in both ears. Just like 20/20 vision, 20/20 hearing does not mean you have...

Shari Eberts on
Why Hearing Health Matters for Your Overall Well-Being

Not being able to hear well makes it difficult to understand and talk to colleagues, friends, and family members. But, did you know that untreated...

Jo-El M. Grossman on
What to Do When Your Hearing Aids Alone Are No Longer Enough

I realized the only thing hearing aids were doing for me was raising the volume. I was just hearing louder mumbling. It isolated me, and I didn't...

Meagan Borgelt on
Widex MOMENT Review

I spent the last two weeks wearing MOMENT and I’m ready to share my personal experiences, feature highlights, pros and cons, and buying...

Mark Truong on
Covid-19 Creating New Challenges for People with Hearing Loss

People with hearing loss have faced increased isolation and communication difficulties. Here are some tips to get through the challenging time.

Shari Eberts on
The Need for Continual Hearing Aid Innovation

Hearing loss is frustrating on many different levels – from interacting with friends and family, to hearing what is said on the phone or in a...

Jo-El M. Grossman on
Phonak Paradise: First Impressions

The Phonak Paradise is a well-rounded hearing aid that offers many improvements when compared to the previous Marvel generation.

Abram Bailey, AuD on
Tinnitus Relief at Home: The Oto Health Story

The new Oto app will bring together mindfulness, relaxation, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatments for tinnitus sufferers.

Edmund Farrar on
The Tinnitus Self-Treatment Revolution

There are a number of mobile apps that exist for tinnitus treatment. The majority of these are a masking device. There is also a wealth of...

Edmund Farrar on
Apps That Boost Speech: Live Listen, Sound Amplifier, and Chatable

In today's video, I wanted to compare the features and functions of the Top 3 Hearing Amplification apps for iPhone and Android so you can...

Mark Truong on
Otter vs Live Transcribe for iOS

Otter continues to be the best fit for me because of the way I rely on it to support my phone and video calls with clients. I use it several...

Matt Hay on
How an Ear Surgeon with Hearing Loss Chooses His Own Hearing Tech

How do you choose the right system for you? Many factors will depend on your type and degree of hearing loss as well as other considerations such...

Chad Ruffin, MD on
Nuheara IQbuds² MAX and Hearing Aids Compared

A video by our guest contributor compares the performance of Nuheara's earbuds and Phonak's hearing aids at a noisy music convention.

David Copithorne on
Beethoven Would Have Loved a Pair of Today’s Hearing Aids

Beethoven, the deaf composer would have grabbed the first pair of hearing aids he got his hands on, if they had been available in 1800.

David Copithorne on
What This Hearing Aid User Learned At An Audiology Conference

It's a fascinating experience to attend an audiology conference, not as an audiologist, but as a patient.

Shari Eberts on
What to Do When You Think You Have a Hearing Loss

Hearing loss sneaks up on people gradually. Take a hearing test, find the right audiologist, and try a hearing aid (or two)!

Shari Eberts on
8 Tips For Better Communication With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can make conversations more challenging. Often we must rely on our conversation partners to practice communication best practices...

Shari Eberts on
Signia Pure 13 BT Detailed Hearing Aid Review

Pure 13 BT review of physical design, sound quality, battery life, feedback system, bluetooth connectivity, streaming, apps + Oticon Opn comparison.

Constantine Grantcharov on
End your Isolation – Join a Hearing Loss Support Group

Most if not all states have their own agencies or commissions on deafness and the hard of hearing that provide leadership, advocacy and education...

Stu Nunnery on
Noise at Weddings

Planning a wedding? Make sure you get the noise right by following these 6 actionable tips. From room acoustics to DJ breaks, our guide has...

Stu Nunnery on
Add Earplugs To Your Back To School Shopping List

It’s that time of year again – summer’s heat recedes followed by the crisp air of Fall and the start of a new school year. My kids always...

Shari Eberts on
Oticon Opn – Reviewed by a Techie Software Engineer

I would not hesitate to recommend the Opn 1s to my fellow friends, family, and others in the hearing impaired community ...

Constantine Grantcharov on
Security of Internet-Connected Hearing Aids

Security expert Constantine Grantcharov makes the case for future proofing internet-connected hearing aids.

Constantine Grantcharov on
How I See It – Thoughts From A Totally Blind Hearing Aid User

Over the 23 years that I’ve been a hearing aid wearer, I’ve been described by several of the audiologists I’ve worked with as a “challenging”...

Jonathan Mosen on
Can a Glass of Wine a Day Protect Your Hearing?

What is the relationship between alcohol and hearing loss? You might be surprised to learn that alcohol can be both protective and harmful to your...

David Copithorne on
Why Apple Watch Hearing Aid Control is a Big Breakthrough

Tiny buttons are no longer a problem. You don’t need to carry an extra device. You can leave your smartphone in your pocket

David Copithorne on
Soundhawk Review for Hearing Loss – Expert Analysis

Soundhawk review by a doctor of audiology. Amplification capabilities, photos, and sound samples. Background noise and wireless mic testing included.

Abram Bailey, AuD on
What to Do When You Lose Your Hearing Aids

There are a few common ways that hearing aids get lost or destroyed, and we can help prevent losing our aids if we take precautions.

Staff Writer on