When You Find Captions At The Airport

Not only is Hawaii extraordinarily beautiful, it is also hearing loss friendly! Several months ago, my family and I were lucky enough to visit Hawaii. You can read about our luau adventure here.

It was a wonderful trip so it was with a heavy heart that we headed to the airport for our flight back home on Hawaiian Airlines. But while we waited for the flight, something amazing happened. Every time the desk agents played a pre-recorded announcement (like the ones that announce boarding procedures), the screen displaying the flight details transformed into an open captions screen! You can see it in the two photos below.

Now that is what I call a hearing loss friendly airport!

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Living With Hearing Loss: Top 10 Posts of 2017

Happy holidays from Living With Hearing Loss! Thank you to everyone for reading, commenting, and sharing. Your participation helps make this a vibrant community for all of us living with hearing loss and tinnitus. I appreciate all of your engagement.

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I am taking next week off, but will be back in January with more posts. In the meantime, please enjoy some of my most popular blogs of 2017. Which one is your favorite?

  1. Five Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hearing Loss
  2. Then I Said, I’m A Little Bit Deaf
  3. A Head Cold + Hearing Loss = A Perfect Storm
  4. When Your Hearing Aid Settings Are Just Wrong
  5. Ten Reasons Hearing Aids are NOT Like Glasses
  6. What Are The Stages Of Hearing Loss?
  7. What If Hearing Aids Were Noise Canceling?
  8. Do Airplanes Trigger My Tinnitus? 
  9. You CAN Go To The Movies When You Have Hearing Loss
  10. Does Hearing Loss Cause Vertigo? 

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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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How To Enjoy Thanksgiving When You Have Hearing Loss

I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips on Hearing Tracker

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays — delicious food, good spirits and lively gatherings of family and friends. But with my hearing loss, I sometimes worry I will miss out on some of the fun. Large dining room tables make conversation tricky, especially, like in my family, if everyone is talking at once. Background chatter combined with noise from the football games on television add to the overall din, making it a tough listening situation. What is a person with hearing loss to do?

Follow these tips and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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1. Talk to your host in advance: Discuss your hearing issues with your host a week before Thanksgiving so she has time to accommodate your needs. Request to be seated in the middle of the table and with your back to a wall. The more specific you are, the better seat you will get. 

2. Limit background noise: When I host, background music is kept to a minimum. While your host may like to play music or keep the TV on for the game, perhaps you can ask him or her to reduce the volume during dinner. 

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When Your Audiologist Retires

“Dear valued patient,” the letter began, “it is with some regret that I will be retiring from private practice.” My audiologist was selling her business. I put aside the letter with a heavy sigh. Why did I feel like I had suddenly lost my anchor and the hearing loss seas were getting rough? It was time to find a new audiologist.

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