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When a HoH Meets a Pro

September 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Gael Hannan

In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros:

HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as the moms and dads, life partners, children, and friends.)

Pro:  Refers to someone who works in a hearing healthcare field, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, but this category also can include an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, hearing aid manufacturer, and/or an assistive technology sales rep.

…now that we’ve got that out of the way…

If you’re a HoH, you have most likely—hopefully—met a Pro by now. You made an appointment, walked through that door and sat down to discuss your hearing with this Pro.

Read more  . . . . HOH-PRO

How To Enjoy A Barbecue With Hearing Loss

August 31, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Huffington Post
Shari Eberts 

I love summer barbecue parties — Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July, or just a regular summer weekend. It is fun to gather friends and family to enjoy the summer weather, each other’s company and the casual fare. Parties can be a challenge for people with hearing loss, but barbecues are some of the easiest to navigate. Barbecues are typically outside so the noise doesn’t bounce around the room the way it can at indoor events. Being outdoors also often creates a variety of socializing spots — some might even be relatively quiet! So head to a barbecue this weekend — or host one of your own.

Zika outbreak: hearing loss found in 6% of Brazilian babies in study

August 31, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research



Other viral infections during pregnancy can also cause hearing loss

CBC NEWS – Health
Thomson Reuters

Aug 30, 2016

A study in Brazil of 70 babies whose mothers had confirmed Zika infections found that nearly 6 per cent had hearing loss, adding a new complication to the list of ills the virus can cause when women are infected during pregnancy.

The Brazilian study, published on Tuesday in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on
death and disease
, confirmed less rigorous reports of deafness among infants born to mothers with Zika infections.

Read more  . . . Zika and Hearing Loss

It takes teamwork: mainstreaming kids with hearing loss

August 18, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Healthy Hearing
Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing
Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) in 1975, the number of children mainstreamed into public schools with hearing loss has increased dramatically. About 75 percent of children with hearing loss are now mainstreamed into public schools, and about half of those children spend the majority of the day in a “hearing” classroom.

When it comes to meeting the educational needs of a child who is deaf or has hearing loss, there are many different professionals who play a part in their success.

Read more  . . . teamwork


Six Steps Those With Hearing Loss Can Take to Communicate Better

June 16, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



Huffington Post – The Blog
by Shari Eberts

Those of us with hearing loss must sometimes rely on those with normal hearing to help us have better conversations and more successful interactions with the hearing world. See my post on this topic here. But we must also take responsibility for stacking the deck in our own favor. By following some simple rules of thumb, we can put ourselves in a better position to hear and communicate as best as is possible. Here are my tips. Please share yours in the comments.



1. Be assertive and inform others: Don’t be shy about disclosing your hearing loss. If someone does not know   . . . Read More  . . .  1-6 Six Steps

HLAA offers Complimentary Membership for Veterans

May 31, 2016 in Community News



Do you have a hearing loss due to military service? A report from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that more than 59,000 military members are on disability for hearing loss from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

HLAA was founded in 1979 by Howard “Rocky” Stone, a retired CIA agent, who endured hearing loss from his service in the United States Army. Rocky was well-known in the agency for both his skill and his hearing loss. On one occasion he was having a hard time “hearing” when talking with then-Director Richard Helms, so Rocky plopped himself on Helms’ desk and asked him to face him directly so he could read his lips! Another time, his old-fashioned body hearing aid was mistaken for a recording spy device and was confiscated. Rocky earned the Agency’s highest honor and went onto establish an organization for people who have hearing loss and want to stay in the hearing world with technology and strategies.

Learn more on the HLAA website

Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument

May 26, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



The New York Times

A long-simmering controversy erupted this spring over how deaf children should communicate.

It started when The Washington Post ran a story on Nyle DiMarco, the deaf “Dancing With the Stars contestant who is also an advocate for American Sign Language (ASL). When Meredith Sugar, president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, retorted that ASL was becoming obsolete in light of better hearing aid and cochlear implant technology, the arguing went public. But that debate was really just the latest manifestation of a longstanding conflict among deaf people and parents of deaf children: Should children be fitted for hearing aids and taught to speak, or should they use sign language? Or a combination of both?

As the parent of a 2-year-old whose hearing loss was recently diagnosed, the arguments only heightened my anxiety about how to address my son Sam’s needs.

Read more  . . . Parents of Deaf Children

Born without hearing, an 11-year-old takes on the National Spelling Bee

May 26, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



Washington Post
By Joe Heim
May 24, 2016

As he walked out of his elementary school last week, fifth-grader Neil Maes heard the clapping from his fellow students lining both sides of the hallways. He heard them cheer and yell his name, and he heard them wish him luck as he headed off to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which starts Wednesday morning at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

That the shy 11-year-old from Belton, S.C., can hear anything at all is a testament to technology, to a never-quit attitude and to faith, say his parents, Christy, a preschool teacher, and Peter, an aircraft mechanic.

The Maeses, who found out their son was severely hearing-impaired just days after he was born, have been working nonstop since then to help him have hearing that’s as close to normal as possible.

When the couple learned that their son couldn’t hear, they were in shock.

Read more  . . . Spelling Bee

Cisplatin may cause more permanent hearing loss in people with Cockayne syndrome

May 24, 2016 in Community News, Research



Science Daily
May 19, 2016

Chemotherapy drug cisplatin is used to treat breast, prostate, neuroblastoma, melanoma and many other cancers

May 18, 2016
University of Southern California
The chemotherapy drug cisplatin can kill cancer, but it can also cause permanent hearing loss. The drug can kill the sensory cells of the inner ear, a phenomenon that is likely more severe in individuals with Cockayne syndrome, a rare form of dwarfism. The disorder results from mutations in one of two genes involved in repairing DNA damage. Cells can sustain DNA damage from environmental stresses ranging from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to toxic chemicals such as chemotherapy drugs.
Read full Article . . . cisplatin 
Other Source: Key mutations may worsen hearing loss from the chemotherapy drug cisplatin

Researchers Discover Link Between Hearing Loss And Type 2 Diabetes

April 28, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research


Tech Times
By Dianne Depra
April 25,

Researchers reviewed studies exploring the link between type 2 diabetes and hearing loss and found evidence that the condition can cause damage to the auditory system.

Given the results of the study published in the journal Current Diabetes Reports, the researchers are pushing doctors to include hearing tests when crafting programs to manage type 2 diabetes in patients diagnosed with the condition.

According to Elizabeth Helzner, one of the authors of the study, the connection between diabetes and hearing loss has been shown numerous times in earlier studies but directly comparing previous work is difficult because there is no clear definition for hearing loss and other related factors.

Read more  . . . Type 2 Diabetes

We treat hearing loss as an inevitable cost of war. It shouldn’t be.

April 14, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



 April 12

I don’t remember the moment the bomb went off, but I do know that when I landed, stunned, at the bottom of the gun turret of my vehicle, blood was leaking from my ears. I was quickly evacuated to Bagram Air Force Base, where I saw an audiologist. I could barely hear a word he said, so he showed me a drawing of my eardrums. Only hanging shreds remained.

For weeks people would have to shout at me to even get me to notice them, and I was now stuck with the supremely tedious duty of mixing and pouring concrete into the fortified command post we would eventually abandon. Nothing is worse than watching your platoon roll out on patrol without you.

It was assumed that I would be permanently deaf.

Read more . . . cost of war

USF receives $9 million NIH grant to study unique treatment for age-related hearing loss

March 29, 2016 in Community News, Research


News Medical 
March 17, 2016

Researchers in the University of South Florida’s Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research (GCHSR), recognized as the world’s top research center for age-related hearing loss, have received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study two unique ways to treat age-related hearing loss (ARHL).

According to Robert Frisina, Jr., USF professor and director of the GCHSR, ARHL is the number one communication disorder and most common neurodegenerative condition affecting older Americans, impacting more people than other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

Frisina says hearing loss can occur from many environmental reasons, but their focus is on age-related hearing loss.

“Permanent hearing loss, including ARHL, is estimated to affect 10 percent of the U.S. population,” said Frisina. “Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments for permanent hearing loss, including ARHL, despite its prevalence. While ARHL directly and negatively affects quality of life for older people, severe ARHL has also recently been linked to the earlier onset of dementia.”

Read more  . . .  USF Research

Hearing Loss: The Invisible Wall

March 23, 2016 in Community News



Flagstaff Business & Online News
March 22, 2016
By Dr. Karon Lynn, Au.D.

The people who visit an audiologist usually go because of a difficulty understanding speech. It is rare to have someone come into the clinic to have an evaluation because they primarily need to hear the sound of their car or to hear the newspaper rattle louder. Speech clarity or word understanding is what people with hearing loss request assistance for.

The Social Wall

The sounds that we make with our mouth are some of the same “sounds” that are made in the environment. As a hearing loss progresses, the hearing impaired individual will slowly lose touch with the non-speech sounds and activities in their vicinity. Background activity gives people a tremendous amount of information and should become part of the desire by the person with a hearing loss. People who only want to hear what their wife is saying from the other room and nothing more are not aware of the plethora of sounds that enhanced their life. This change in connection to the outside world occurs so slowly that people with a gradual hearing loss are not aware of the wall between them and the world.

Read more . . . The Invisible Wall

7 Misconceptions About People With Hearing Loss

March 23, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness



The Huffington Post – The Blog
Janice S. Lintz – Consultant, Consumer Advocate, Foodie and Traveler

There are many more misconceptions. These are just a starting point for a conversation.

1. Everyone with a hearing loss uses sign language.

Hearing loss is a spectrum, and people with hearing loss don’t all communicate the same way. How a person communicates depends on a variety of factors, such as the person’s degree of hearing loss, whether a hearing aid or cochlear implant is used, the age the person lost his/her hearing, the level of auditory training received, and the nature of the listening situation. The majority of people with hearing loss do not use sign language, but it is still important to those whose communication depends on it.

2. Increasing the sound volume will enable a person with hearing loss to understand what is said.

There is a point where increasing the volume begins to distort the quality of the sound. To obtain sufficient clarity, people with residual hearing may require sound to be transmitted from the microphone directly to their ear via an assistive listening system such as an induction loop. Sitting close to the speaker can assist the listener but is not a substitute for an assistive listening system. Yelling and over-articulating distorts the natural rhythm of speech and makes lip reading more difficult.

Read more  . .  3-7 Misconceptions 

Grumpy About Hearing Loss? Get Over It

March 22, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness



By Gael Hannan 

Does any of this sound familiar?

This hearing loss thing’s the pits.  

I can’t enjoy a decent meal in a restaurant because it’s too noisy.  

Hearing technology took a chunk out of my money, so you’d think that those guys would make ‘em work better. 

Family dinners are a noise-fest, everybody trying to out-loud the next guy – while I’m left out of the conversation. Damn near grabbed the turkey and went to my room for some peaceful eating. 

People mumble. When I tell them to speak clearer, they roll their eyes and then repeat it slowly, drawing out the words like I’m an idiot. 

Sometimes they don’t even repeat, just flip me their hand as if I’m not worth the time.  

This hearing loss thing’s the pits.

Or, in this case, a pity-party.  But grumpiness is  . . . Read More – “Grumpy”