When Your Hearing Aid Settings Are Just Wrong

This weekend my hearing aid settings were just wrong. I could hear every background noise, each buzz and beep, but not voices. At dinner, the silverware clinking on the plates blocked out the conversation. In the car, the sound of the wind overpowered the music. My children’s laughter in the back seat was excruciatingly loud, Continue reading

What Are The Stages of Hearing Loss?

I have read about the five stages of grief — denial & isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance — and they remind me a lot of the stages of hearing loss. This makes sense, because for many, myself included, the loss of hearing is something to be mourned, to be missed, to be fought. Continue reading

How To Enjoy A Concert Safely When You Have Hearing Loss

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to go to a concert? I have two extra tickets. To Adele. Do you and your daughter want to come?  [sing this to Adele’s “Hello”] I rarely go to concerts — I am afraid to damage my hearing any more than it already Continue reading

How To Make A Hearing Loss New Year’s Resolution

It’s the time of year for resolutions. I will be more patient. I will start a workout regimen. I will eat healthier food. You know the drill. Most of the time, the motivation for these changes lasts a few weeks and fizzles away. But this year, let’s try something different. Let’s make some hearing loss resolutions Continue reading

Are Audiologists From Mars?

Sometimes it feels like audiologists are from Mars and their patients are from Venus. Audiologists want to sell hearing aids, but people with hearing loss want complete hearing solutions. Audiologists have limited time to spend with each person, while consumers have a large number of questions. For audiologists, hearing loss is all in a day’s Continue reading

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