Hearing aids and iPhones?

Hearing aids connecting to your iPhones can be extremely confusing for people. I hope to remove some of that confusion for you. Most all manufactures have a hearing aid that will connect directly to the iPhone for two-way conversation between the hearing aid and the iPhone. Meaning you can answer the phone as normal and hear the caller with your … Read More

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Close-up Of A Senior Man Trying To Hear With Hand Over Ear

Communication strategies for the hearing impaired

Gain their attention: Call the person by name to attract their attention or a gentle touch may help. Wait to talk until the person knows you are trying to talk with them. Depending on their age this might take a moment for them to acknowledge you are going to speak with them. Face each other: They need to see your … Read More

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Tips for Communicating with Hearing Aids

Most of what I am about to tell you should come instinctively, but for some reason when you have a hearing loss it might make you a little more self-conscious about it. So, I thought I would just reiterate to let you know it’s ok to self-advocate to improve your hearing comprehension. First step was to acknowledge you have a … Read More

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Hearing is better with two ears

If you have hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss), then you are most likely a candidate for two hearing aids. Research has shown that when only one hearing aid is worn, the unaided ear tends to lose its ability to hear and understand. Participating in conversation is more enjoyable with both ears because you have better speech understanding, … Read More

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Hearing loss can Cause Communication Failures in Medical Setting

It was not uncommon for older adults to report mishearing a physician or nurse in a primary care or hospital setting, according to a study published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Medical errors are higher among older patients and failure in clinical communication is considered to be the leading cause of medical errors. A previous study reported that improved … Read More

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Hearing loss facts

More than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to February 2013 released by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, a large majority of those who need hearing help fail to do so. Hearing loss population is growing. Here are some startling facts about hearing loss to consider: Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have … Read More

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Movies theaters and hearing loss

Going to the movies can be challenging for people with hearing loss. Two challenges are the sound in the movie theater can be deafeningly loud and the dialogue too soft. If you have access to be able to change programs on your hearing aids, a program, to cut down background noise can be set aggressively to help. Or, you might … Read More

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Ringing in the Ears? Understanding Tinnitus

For many, there are no sounds of silence.  Instead, even the quietest of moments, such as sleep, can be filled with buzzing, humming or ringing sounds.  This unfortunate condition is called tinnitus and, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, it has affected nearly 25 million Americans to date.   Presently, no treatments are available to cure … Read More

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Tips for flying with Hearing Aids

Wear your hearing aids when you fly. Wearing them insures you have them with you. Also, traveling can have many difficult listening environments and it will be easier to hear directions, announcements, and important information with your hearing aids on. Keep hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag. There could be unexpected delays, layovers, and more. Having your batteries, cleaning … Read More

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Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 2

Your hearing loss doesn’t have to put you at a disadvantage during an emergency. With community support, planning and preparation, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll stay safe and informed during any emergency. Create an emergency network: friends, family, caregivers, neighbors or a coworker pick at least two people that everyone can communicate with during an emergency and … Read More

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