OTC Hearing Aids: A Positive for People with Hearing Loss

Last week I was an invited panelist for an ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG 8 public health audiology) Webchat on Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. The other panelists included: Karl Strom, the editor-in-chief at The Hearing Review; Jani Johnson, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis; and Kim Continue reading

Sometimes I Forget How Hard It Is for Me to Hear

Thanksgiving was the first time our extended family had come together in two years. All eight of us were hyped up, excitedly talking at once in our attempts to say everything we had missed sharing during the pandemic. Cross-talk abounded. Our voices reverberated and bounced around the high ceilings and hard surfaces of my in-laws Continue reading

OTC Hearing Aids Could Help Lower Hearing Loss Stigma

The proposed rules for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids sparked much conversation throughout the industry. In this piece for HHTM, I share my take: While not appropriate for everyone, OTC hearing aids fill an important gap in the marketplace for hearing care. Their emergence should spark a wave of innovation and price competition, perhaps even jumpstarting Continue reading

Hey Zoom! Where is Universal Live Transcript?

I recently attended a Zoom webinar hosted by my daughter’s school. I was excited because accommodations were prominently featured on the invite. “If you would like to request accommodation for this meeting, please email such and such.” So I did. Within a day, someone from the planning office reached out to find out what I Continue reading