Hearing Loss Care: A Patient-Centered Approach Is Needed

Sensorineural hearing loss is frustrating. It is hard to diagnose and the cause is often difficult to determine. There are few, if any, biological treatment options. There is no cure and most of the time, what you hear from doctors, even some of the best doctors, is, “I’m sorry, there is nothing I can do.” Continue reading

Five Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hearing Loss

It is hard to explain to others what it is like to have hearing loss — the lack of clarity in speech, the sensitivity to loud noise, and the exhaustion that comes with heavy bursts of communication. It is an invisible disability so it is often misunderstood, downplayed or even ignored — sometimes even by those closest to Continue reading

Communication Tips For All From Someone With Hearing Loss

I attended my first Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Board meeting a few months ago. It was exciting to learn about all the important initiatives that are underway and fun to spend time with other people with hearing loss. Before I left home, I wondered how it would be possible for 14 people, all with varying Continue reading

Five Ways To Make Holiday Parties More Hearing Loss Friendly

The holidays can be rough for people with hearing loss. Seeing friends and family is nice, but holiday gatherings tend to be larger and louder and often occur one after the other. It can be exhausting and overwhelming, and even depressing to watch others celebrate when you feel like you cannot participate in the way Continue reading