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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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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Beyond Hearing Aids: An Audiologist Wish List

I recently spoke at Beyond Hearing Aids, a symposium sponsored by HLAA-NYC, the NYC Walk4Hearing, and NYU/Wagner. In the audience were audiologist and speech language pathologist students from several local universities. It was a wonderful session full of informative talks on OTC devices, hearing loops, cochlear implants and advocacy. I was pleased to share the patient’s perspective.

I share an excerpt of my remarks below.

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Investors Are Getting Interested in OTC Hearing Aids

I was contacted recently by an investor at a prominent financial firm in NYC looking for my perspective on the new OTC hearing aid bill. His firm was trying to understand the impact of the bill on the various industry players and which companies might be the winners and losers from any disruption in the space. I didn’t have all the answers, but I found his interest very exciting! If Wall Street is getting curious, significant industry change is probably coming soon. This can only be good for people with hearing loss.

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Can A Movie Help My Family Understand My Hearing Loss?

I struggle to fully explain my hearing loss to my family. How I hear some things, but miss others. Why I can understand them in certain environments, but not other places. How my hearing aids don’t work like glasses? Why I am exhausted at the end of the day from the extra concentration required of me each day simply to communicate. I have been searching for a way to illustrate my hearing loss to my family and friends for years. Perhaps Wonderstruck is it.

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