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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

Opinion: My Hearing Loss IS a Loss

Someone recently asked me why I use the term hearing loss in my advocacy work. I can’t remember if they preferred deaf or hard-of-hearing or some other term, but they took offense at my use of the word “loss.” It’s a fair question, and a very personal one since we all experience hearing difficulties in Continue reading

Announcing My Hearing Loss Helps Me Communicate Better

It takes effort to let people know about our hearing loss and educate them (perhaps for the umpteenth time) about what assistance we need from them to ease conversation. But what choice do we have? Good communication is a two-way street and without the critical step of self-identifying, difficult listening situations cannot be remedied. My Continue reading

Living with Hearing Loss Year in Review

No matter the challenges we face, time marches on. It seemed like 2020 would never end, but now another year has already come and almost gone. Thank you to all my readers for their support, engagement, comments and tips this year. The more we share with one another, the more successfully each of us can 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