Communication strategies for the hearing impaired

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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

Tips for Communicating with Hearing Loss

tips for communicating with hearing loss

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

Are Two Ears Better Than One?

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

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

Hearing Loss Facts

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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 hearing loss facts to consider: Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a … Read More

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

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

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1

Emergency Preparation for People with Hearing Loss part 1 Everyone should have an emergency / disaster plan. However, most don’t include hearing loss or their hearing aids. Between blizzards, wildfires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes there is no place in the country safe from potentially devastating natural disasters. Different disasters have different plans. Earthquakes, you might want to Velcro your hearing aids … Read More

Vitamins for Hearing Improvement

vitamins for hearing improvement

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps improve circulation. The inner ear depends on good circulations to stay in good health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant believed to help keep your immune system strong to help fight off infections in the middle ear. Vitamin D is good for your three middle ear bones. Studies are being done with Vitamins A, … Read More

Hearing loss is not always from noise

A healthy heart will give you better hearing. If your heart, arteries and veins are not working properly, bad blood flow to the inner ear can contribute of hearing loss. Studies show that people with diabetes is more likely to have hearing loss. More research needs to be done, but we believe that the glucose in the blood may damage … Read More