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The top of my do-over list includes showing my ears a little love

September 17, 2014 in Community News

 

 — or at least some respect

Deseret News

Posted:
 September 9, 2014
Updated: September 10, 2014

Sitting quietly beside my daughter on an old stump in a canyon where we’d gone rambling recently, I listened with joy to the warble of a bird and the babble of the water nearby.

One of my great pleasures is the fact that those sounds — and the ticking of a watch — are unimpaired by a pretty devastating hearing loss. If you’re going to be left with remnants, those are lovely.

Then my teenager spoke, the words mostly unintelligible, and I was reminded of precisely how much I have given up with decades of casual disregard for my ears. The fact that my hearing loss is most likely self-inflicted just increases the misery.

If you have kids, pay attention and talk to them about this early and often. Because hearing aids are a lovely tool and I am very grateful for mine. But this is one do-over I’d embrace in a heartbeat, were it possible. Artificial hearing cannot compare with the real thing. If you’ve got it, take care of it.

I didn’t.

When I was in high school, I went to a ton of football games to root for good old Idaho Falls High. Screaming, it seems, was not optional. Hearing protection should not have been, either.

A few years later, as a young reporter, I reviewed concerts. And for at least a decade, it never occurred to me that I could hear the concert pretty much unimpaired even if I wore ear plugs, which would have been a dandy notion. The most I’d have lost is some of the shrill shrieks and whistles that are so many audiences’ contribution to a musical occasion.

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How to hear a whole lot better – Hearing Aids

May 6, 2014 in Community News

The Buffalo News
Published  May 5, 2014  
Link to Article

If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss – and that rate climbs steadily as you age, says Consumer Reports.

Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Most cases of hearing loss in adults stem from damage to the inner ear, where tiny hair cells turn sound vibrations into impulses that nerve cells then carry to the brain. The most common causes of that damage are aging and chronic exposure to loud noises – think rock concerts, sports events and lawn mowers. A family history of severe hearing loss could signal an increased risk. So does being male.

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Girl with Hearing Loss Writes to Derrick Coleman

January 23, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Girl with Hearing Loss Writes to Derrick Coleman

A young girl who wears two hearing aids sent a letter to Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who wears a hearing aid and was recently featured in a wonderful commercial.

To read the letter from the girl and response from Derrick Coleman: http://bit.ly/1cYOJD7

To see the inspiring commercial: http://bit.ly/1fePV8q