Person-centered Care Requires a Link to the Hearing Loss Community

“Nothing about us without us,” is an important rallying cry in the disability community. It means that no policy, product or service should be developed without the full and direct participation of members of the group that will be impacted. My latest article for Ida Institute discusses why audiologists should become more involved in the Continue reading

Is This Medication Safe for My Hearing Loss?

The inner ear is a sensitive place, and little is known about the causes of hearing loss, balance problems, vertigo, and tinnitus, even among the medical profession. In this piece for HHTM, I discuss the challenges I faced trying to determine if a new medication would be harmful to my hearing. More research is needed Continue reading

OTC Hearing Aids: A Positive for People with Hearing Loss

Last week I was an invited panelist for an ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG 8 public health audiology) Webchat on Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. The other panelists included: Karl Strom, the editor-in-chief at The Hearing Review; Jani Johnson, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis; and Kim Continue reading

OTC Hearing Aids Could Help Lower Hearing Loss Stigma

The proposed rules for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids sparked much conversation throughout the industry. In this piece for HHTM, I share my take: While not appropriate for everyone, OTC hearing aids fill an important gap in the marketplace for hearing care. Their emergence should spark a wave of innovation and price competition, perhaps even jumpstarting Continue reading

How the Pandemic Made Hearing Care More Person-Centered

Disruption often breeds innovation, and Covid-19 was no different. My latest article for Ida Institute discusses how the pandemic accelerated trends in hearing healthcare that were years in the making. This includes tele-health, the rise of alternative hearing technologies, and most importantly, person-centered care. To read the full article click here. 

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