Audiologists Can Inspire Self-Advocacy in Hearing Loss Patients

Hearing loss can be hard to accept at first, especially when it involves alerting others to your condition and advocating for your communication needs. You may not even know what assistance to request at first. Audiologists are critical partners in helping people with hearing loss develop the self-advocacy skills they need to make communication easier. Continue reading

It’s Official: OTC Hearing Aids are Here

It’s an exciting week for people with hearing loss. Over-the-counter hearing aids are now in stores—well, the first crop anyway. More options should hit stores over time, hopefully in a variety of designs, styles and with a multitude of features to meet the varying hearing needs of people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Just like with Continue reading

What Is Your Role in Person-Centered Hearing Care?

I recently presented at the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) 2022 World Congress in Budapest, Hungary. It was an incredible opportunity to meet outstanding advocates from around the world including Shelly Chadha, the technical lead for ear and hearing care at World Health Organization (WHO) and the driver of WHO’s World Report Continue reading

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

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