When Wearing Earplugs Turned Out To Be Cool

He had on his new suit and shiny shoes. The card and gift were packed, and so were the earplugs. He was heading out the door to his first fancy school party. For weeks we had discussed the appropriate outfit to wear and the fact that he would need to use earplugs when the band played. Given my genetic hearing loss, I won’t take any chances with my children damaging their hearing. They need to have as much of their own hearing left in case problems arise later through no fault of their own.

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When You Find Captions At The Airport

Not only is Hawaii extraordinarily beautiful, it is also hearing loss friendly! Several months ago, my family and I were lucky enough to visit Hawaii. You can read about our luau adventure here.

It was a wonderful trip so it was with a heavy heart that we headed to the airport for our flight back home on Hawaiian Airlines. But while we waited for the flight, something amazing happened. Every time the desk agents played a pre-recorded announcement (like the ones that announce boarding procedures), the screen displaying the flight details transformed into an open captions screen! You can see it in the two photos below.

Now that is what I call a hearing loss friendly airport!

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Let The New Year Inspire A Fresh Start With Your Hearing Loss

People sometimes have a hard time accepting that they have a hearing loss and put off doing anything about it, including getting a hearing test. Other people with hearing loss wear hearing aids, but are dissatisfied with how they work because they do not keep up with the necessary adjustments. Many individuals function well with their hearing aids, but are uncomfortable advocating for the additional assistance they need to communicate their best. Countless could benefit from additional technologies but are not aware of them.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? It does to me.

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Living With Hearing Loss: Top 10 Posts of 2017

Happy holidays from Living With Hearing Loss! Thank you to everyone for reading, commenting, and sharing. Your participation helps make this a vibrant community for all of us living with hearing loss and tinnitus. I appreciate all of your engagement.

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I am taking next week off, but will be back in January with more posts. In the meantime, please enjoy some of my most popular blogs of 2017. Which one is your favorite?

  1. Five Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hearing Loss
  2. Then I Said, I’m A Little Bit Deaf
  3. A Head Cold + Hearing Loss = A Perfect Storm
  4. When Your Hearing Aid Settings Are Just Wrong
  5. Ten Reasons Hearing Aids are NOT Like Glasses
  6. What Are The Stages Of Hearing Loss?
  7. What If Hearing Aids Were Noise Canceling?
  8. Do Airplanes Trigger My Tinnitus? 
  9. You CAN Go To The Movies When You Have Hearing Loss
  10. Does Hearing Loss Cause Vertigo? 

Happy New Year!

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Hearing Loss: Where Are The Captions?

We walked into the large auditorium and took our seats — positioning ourselves so I would have a good view of the podium in case I needed to lip read the speaker. As the program began, my eyes instinctively looked around for the captions. But there weren’t any. There were four large screens, all projecting the speaker and later a video he was playing, but not one displayed captions. I was disappointed, especially since one of the main topics of the talk was the importance of diversity and inclusion. Maybe they needed to practice what they preached.

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