Hearing Loss Can Be a Disaster at the Doctor

Heading to the doctor during the pandemic can be challenging, especially for people with hearing loss. My family and I have been putting off most of our routine doctor appointments due to the pandemic, but with the low infection rates in New York City recently, we decided to give a previously scheduled visit a go. Continue reading

Five Things Covid-19 Taught Me about Hearing Loss

As a hearing loss advocate — and a person who has lived with hearing loss for more than half her life — I pride myself on knowing a lot about hearing loss. Over the years, I have become skilled at self-identifying, using assistive listening technologies, adjusting the environment for better hearing, and asking others to Continue reading

Is the Pandemic Hurting My Child’s Hearing?

Parenting with hearing loss is not easy. Every time I walk into my children’s rooms these days, they have earbuds in their ears. This may be typical for many teenagers, but not for mine. Pre-pandemic, I never let them use earbuds because of my genetic hearing loss. It started in my mid-20s and I worry Continue reading

Hearing Loss: Are Clear Masks Really the Answer?

Hearing loss and masks have been a hot topic since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. And rightly so. Masks, while necessary for health and safety, make it much harder for people with hearing loss to communicate with others. Face masks not only physically block sound, they also take away speechreading cues like lip movements Continue reading

How to Create a Hearing Loss Hospital Kit

Hearing loss and hospitals are a difficult combination. The environment is hectic and you are probably not feeling your best. Doctors and other medical staff are often masked, dampening the sound of their voices and hiding lip reading cues. Due to Covid-19, family or friends may not be allowed to accompany you to help advocate Continue reading