Do You Have Hearing Loss Friends?

A few weeks ago I attended HLAA’s annual convention. It is always a treat. Several days of hearing accessible workshops, learning about new products available for people with hearing loss in the exhibition hall, and just plain fun, hanging out with my hearing loss friends. It is a great mix of people — some with more severe hearing issues, some with less, but each has something to teach me in terms of coping skills and tricks of the trade. And simply friendship. I can’t wait for next year.

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Why Should You Care About OTC Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids have been taking Washington DC by storm of late. First was the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report entitled “Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Technologies” in 2015, followed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report “Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability” last summer.

Both recommended a new category of hearing aids — one that could be sold over-the-counter (OTC) similar to how people buy aspirin or reading glasses. And just a few months ago, a bipartisan bill that authorizes a new category of OTC hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing was introduced in Congress.

The idea has been quite controversial, with proponents favoring the improved ease of access for these important devices and detractors worried that audiologists would be cut out of the process, increasing the risk that the aids would be used improperly or even dangerously.

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Living With Hearing Loss Proudly Sponsors Open Captions on Broadway!

I love attending the theater, so there is no greater honor for Living With Hearing Loss than to sponsor the open captions at two recent Broadway shows presented by Theater Development Fund (TDF) — Hamilton and Miss Saigon. I hope there are many more open captioned performances coming for both shows. And others!

Through its TAP Accessibility Program, TDF supports numerous open captioned performances on and off-Broadway each year. You can find the list of current NYC offerings here. For other US cities click here. Tickets are available through its website for eligible members. You can join for free here. I try to attend as many shows as I can.

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What To Do When Nobody Can See Your Hearing Loss Struggle

I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips on Mango Health

Any disability can be challenging in daily life, but one that is invisible creates additional obstacles. Being invisible can make it harder for people to be aware of your disability, to provide assistance without being asked, or even, in some cases, to take it seriously. Hearing health advocate Shari Eberts shares five suggestions that can help make your struggle more visible to improve your quality of life.

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“But, you don’t look like you have a hearing problem,” the gentleman said to me, from across the aisle. I had asked if he would mind switching seats with me in a crowded auditorium, so I could have a better view of the speaker. Given my hearing loss, I always do better if I can see the presenter’s mouth so I can lipread to fill in the things I miss by listening.

I stared at him in surprise. Did he expect my ears to be flashing red to indicate a problem? Or maybe they would have out of order signs hanging from them? Didn’t he realize that someone can’t look deaf?

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When Your Mother Has Hearing Loss

Your mother is always there for you. She loves you, before herself. She is your caregiver, confidant, and friend. She is always willing to lend an ear to your daily triumphs and concerns. But what if she can no longer hear you because of a hearing loss? How can you help her through this challenge so that you can both continue to enjoy your special relationship for many years to come? Here are my suggestions. Please share yours in the comments.

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