Living With Hearing Loss is Presenting At AAA 2018

I am excited to be presenting at the American Academy of Audiology’s annual convention in Nashville being held April 18-21, 2018. Formerly know as Audiology Now, the conference was rebranded as AAA 2018 this year, the Academy’s 30th anniversary.

AAA 2018 is slated to be the world’s largest gathering of audiologists. Here they attend educational sessions to keep their practices current, explore the latest in new hearing technology at the exhibit hall and visit with colleagues from around the world. I am thrilled to be representing the patient’s perspective to this auspicious group.

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My talk is entitled “How Can You Help Your Patients Hear Their Best?” In it, I will share my hearing loss story and offer advice for how audiologists can best interact with us, their patients with hearing loss. Here is the blurb from the conference brochure.

MM303 – How Can You Help Your Patients Hear Their Best?

Friday, April 20
10:21 AM – 10:27 AM
Location: 201AB

Shari Eberts, MBA: Founder, LivingWithHearingLoss.com

People with hearing loss never forget their first visit to an audiologist’s office. They experience high hopes alongside great worry. That first visit is instrumental in how they will view and treat their hearing loss for many years to come. In this session, you will learn the things patients want from audiologists during that first visit and throughout their care. Your attitude and actions are instrumental in helping your patients hear their best.

Learning Objective: Describe tangible ways to enhance your relationships with your patients to improve hearing outcomes.

Will you be at AAA 2018? If so, stop by my session: MM303 How Can You Help Your Patients Hear Their Best? I would love to meet you!

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Family Kayaking, aka Screaming “What” Into The Wind

The ocean waves crashed noisily around me. The wind was buzzing in my ears and whistling in my hearing aids. The sun was shining and the birds were flying overhead, occasionally squawking before plunging into the sea to catch a fish. I was seated in the back of a two person kayak — and I couldn’t hear a thing. My son was in front of me, my husband and daughter in a second kayak. We spent most of the trip yelling “What?” into the wind. It was a perfect storm of frustration and hearing loss.

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Can An App Help You Find A Quiet Place To Eat?

Eating out has become a lot more challenging, as restaurant design and booming music have given many restaurants a club-like atmosphere. Sounds from clattering dishes, voices raised in conversation and the ever-present soundtrack rocket around the room, bouncing from one hard surface to another. It’s almost enough to inspire me to cook for myself! Well, let’s not go that far.

What if there was a way to find a quiet restaurant, or even a coffee shop for a quick meeting with a business colleague or for socializing with a friend? And what if you could do this right on your smartphone? Well, now you can.

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Your Hearing Loss Is Unique, And So Is Mine

Every hearing loss is unique. Each like a snowflake with its own nuances and sharp edges. Its own beauty and challenges. Some of us hear high frequencies better, while others detect only low sounds. Certain of us lipread or use sign language, but not all of us do. We all have different tolerances, lifestyles, and capacities. And varying degrees of residual hearing. This diversity makes hearing loss difficult to explain, and very hard for people without hearing loss to understand. 

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How To Support A Loved One Who Has Hearing Loss

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

Do you know somebody with hearing loss? With nearly 50 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, you probably do. Hearing loss does not discriminate. It impacts people of all ages, races, and creeds. In fact 65% of people with hearing problems are under the age of 65. One in five teenagers now has hearing loss, as well as 60% of our returning veterans from foreign wars. It is everywhere! If someone close to you has hearing loss, you may have wondered how best to support them. Hearing health advocate Shari Eberts has nine tips that can help.

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When someone has hearing loss, friends and family are also impacted. Communication patterns must be altered, new technologies learned, and everyone must adjust to the new reality. Frustration on either side can take a toll on these relationships. Follow these tips to support a loved one with hearing loss and keep your connections strong and vibrant.

Encourage them to get their hearing tested.

Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, friends and family may be the first people to notice. Perhaps the person is resistant to the idea that they have trouble hearing. Tell the person how much you love them and that you worry that he or she might miss out on parts of conversations or even be put in danger by impaired hearing.

Use communication best practices.

Show the person with hearing loss that you are willing to make changes too. Follow communication best practices like always facing the person, keeping your mouth uncovered and speaking clearly and at a consistent rate. Many of these actions are common sense, but it takes effort to implement them in every conversation.

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