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FDA Approves First Self-fit Hearing Aid; Grants ‘De Novo’ Status to Bose Hearing Aid
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of a self-fit hearing device, the Bose Hearing Aid, intended to amplify sounds for individuals 18 years or older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss, according to a release from FDA. This is the first hearing aid authorized for marketing by the FDA that enables users to fit, program, and control the hearing aid on their own, without assistance from a healthcare provider. Please CLICK on the following link for details: First Self-Fit Hearing Aid
Do You Have Questions About Hearing Assistive Technology?
Unlike the situation years ago, nowadays just about everyone with any type or degree of hearing loss can be helped with some kind of hearing assistive technology – whether it be hearing aids, cochlear implants, hearing enhancement technology, apps, other implantable devices, assistive listening devices, or captioning. If you are told there is nothing you can do and you should just learn to live with hearing loss, get a second opinion. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Hearing Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Questionnaire Form For Parents
As a parent of a child with hearing loss, you may find it helpful to fill in the following questionnaire in consultation with a teacher from the school your child attends, to assess if hearing assistive technology would be of benefit to your child's education performance. Please CLICK on the following link to access the form: Form
7 Part Hearing Loss Mini-Seminar Introduction
This is the introduction video on Dr. William Mason's 7 part hearing loss video mini series breaking down the steps you need to take to get help. In this series Dr. Mason from Newton MA covers: how you hear, why hearing aids don't work, how to buy the right hearing aid and why it is so important to find the right provider of hearing aids - because its not so much the hearing aid that doesn't work but the provider that fits you! Please CLICK on the following link to watch this video: Video
Differences Between 'Deaf' and 'Hard of Hearing'
What does it mean to be deaf and how does that differ from being hard of hearing (HOH)? The answer depends on who you ask and what perspective you're looking at it from. The medical community, for instance, has a strict definition, but people within the deaf or HOH community can have an entirely different opinion. Please CLICK on the following link: Definitions For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
New Product: Wear and Hear’s 'BeHear Now' Headset
A new personal communicator has been introduced and is designed for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. For whatever reasons, they choose not to wear hearing aids but do need some communication assistance. Please CLICK on the following link to view the product video: New Product
Common Causes Of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, you’re in good company. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one in eight people in the United States over the age of 12 has hearing loss in both ears. Of the three types of hearing loss, more than 90 percent is sensorineural. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Common Causes Of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Turn On To T-Coil!
This article explores the tremendous opportunity the T-coil program of digital hearing aids and cochlear implants offers to access Hearing Assistance Technology devices that enhance the user's ability to utilize phones, cell phones, TV/DVD, entertainment devices such as the iPod and personal amplifiers. Please CLICK on the following link: Turn On To T-Coil!
Understanding The Facts About Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. In some rare cases, tinnitus patients report hearing music. Tinnitus can be both an acute (temporary) condition or a chronic (ongoing) health malady. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Understanding The Facts About Tinnitus
Successful Hearing Aid Use: Ten do’s and dont’s of wearing hearing aids
Here are ten rules you should be aware of if you wear hearing aids. In brief, they are: (1) Beware of hairspray. (2) Beware of dogs. (3) Be careful with little children. (4) Keep them dry. (5) Open the battery door at night. (6) Rub your hands to check aids. (7) Break in new hearing aids gradually. (8) Put your phone on top of your hearing aid. (9) Change the battery when it beeps. (10) Use a little baby oil. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Successful Hearing Aid Use
Your Rights And The Law - A Guide Produced By The KCDHH
Federal and state laws are in place to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination. These laws were designed to give equal access and opportunities to all persons with disabilities, including individuals with hearing loss.
For an individual with a hearing loss, equal access typically means effective communication. Effective communication usually requires some form of accommodation and due to the diverse needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, the specific accommodation will depend on the individual. Please CLICK on the following links for more information:
Your Rights and the Law: Your Rights And The Law
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
Will You Be Able To Hear For The Holidays?
Hearing during the holidays is very important. Did you ever attend a church service, a school or public concert and couldn't hear? Now is the time to start planning for next year. Learn how a loop can help you and then advocate for next year's program. Please CLICK on the following link: Hear For The Holidays
Ask About Telecoils For Hearing Aids
The telecoil, t-switch, telephone switch is one of the least understood and under-used tools for accessing assistive listening devices. It is an important tool that has been around since the nineteen forties. Many Hearing Professionals do not understand it's use or importance so we, as informed consumers, must advocate for ourselves by asking for it. Please CLICK on the following link: Ask About Telecoils
Too Much Noise: Bad For Your Ears And For Your Heart
We've long known that too much noise - too loud for too long - damages our ears and our ability to hear But did you know that it also may pose a risk to your heart? Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: The Effect Too Much Noise Can Have On The Heart
Facts About Earwax
It's 8p.m.and you are going through your bedtime routine. You wash your face, brush your hair, brush your teeth, and grab a cotton swab to clean out your ears. But wait - drop that cotton swab! Believe it or not, that earwax you feel obligated to obliterate actually has a purpose. Here are nine things you probably didn't know about earwax. Pleae CLICK on the following link: Facts About Earwax
Proper Disposal Of Hearing Aid Batteries
We all need to take more care of our environment. It may seem like nothing, but tossing a battery into the garbage is magnified by the thousands of people tossing batteries into the garbage. Let’s check out what we are doing, for our environment's sake. Please CLICK on the following link: Proper Disposal Of Hearing Aid Batteries
How To Choose A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss
Communication in a restaurant can often be a challenge, especially when you have hearing loss. Choosing a restaurant where you can relax, enjoy dinner and a conversation is an important process that can help prevent dementia problems. In this article, Shari Eberts discusses how she accommodates her own hearing needs when visiting her favorite restaurant. Please CLICK on the following link: Choosing A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss
Also, please take time to watch this interesting video, called 'Let's Make It Clear', which discusses difficult commmunication issues in a restaurant and ways to handle them. Please CLICK on the following link: Let's Make It Clear
What Is Tinnitus?
Do you experience Tinnitus? The Hearing Health Foundation has produced an article on “What is Tinnitus.” It is divided into sections: Tinnitus Causes and Demographics; Diagnosing Tinnitus; Tinnitus Treatments; Tinnitus Effect on Daily Life. This is an excellent primer on Tinnitus. Please CLICK on the following link: What Is Tinnitus?
Technology And Communication Options For Children With Hearing Loss
Communication is at the heart and soul of our lives. Children with hearing loss may build their communication skills using one or more of the communication options described in this article. Please CLICK on the following link: Technology And Communication Options
Communication Strategies If You Have Hearing loss
Whether you use hearing aids, a cochlear implant or you simply have mild, untreated hearing loss, learning new communication strategies is a great idea. Communication strategies can ameliorate the frustrating or isolating effects of missing out on or misinterpreting conversations and can help you make meaningful connections with others. Please CLICK on the following link: Communication Strategies
Are Doctors Or Hospitals Required To Provide Live Interpreters For Deaf Patients?
Although this article primarily describes interpretation issues for the deaf, it may be helpful to HOH people to understand that hearing in a medical situation is extremely important. HOH people need assistive devices, printed information and support as well. Please CLICK on the following link: Interpreter Requirements
Also, the following court order may apply to HOH as well. Please CLICK on the link: Court Order
How Many Ways Can You Say 'What?'
As someone with hearing loss, I spend a lot of time asking people to repeat themselves. Saying “What?” all the time has gotten a little boring, so I have been brainstorming about other ways to ask the same question. Please CLICK on the following link: How Many Ways Can You Say 'What?'
Listening To The TV
Many people with hearing loss often experience some difficulty in listening to their favorite programs onTV. This article describes several ways that these people can advocate for themselves in order to improve their listening experience. Please CLICK on the following link: Listening To The TV
Financing Hearing Aids In Kentucky
This brochure is merely a listing (as we understand it) of starting points and ideas regarding financing hearing aids. It is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement in any manner. Exclusions from this list are merely an oversight. Be a good consumer and do your homework. Please CLICK on the following link: Financing Hearing Aids In Kentucky
What You Should Know About Otosclerosis
The term otosclerosis is derived from the Greek words for "hard" (scler-o) and "ear" (oto). It describes a condition of abnormal bone growth around the stapes bone, one of the tiny bones of the middle ear. This leads to a fixation of the stapes bone. The stapes bone must move freely for the ear to work properly and hear well. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: What You Should Know About Otosclerosis
Self Advocacy: What It is, It’s Barriers And Tips On Developing Successful Self-Advocacy Skills
Assistive Listening Systems And Devices
Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon. People show varying degrees of hearing at varying frequencies in both ears. The implications of this fact are often overlooked for a variety of reasons that include a lack of understanding about modern technology that improves access to sound. This article is written from the perspective that Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs) can benefit many hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Please CLICK on the following link: Assistive Listening Systems And Devices
How To Choose A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss
Restaurants can be extremely noisy places at times and can create a very unpleasant experience for someone who has hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link to learn of some useful tips for acquiring a successful experience when dining out: Useful Tips When Dining Out
Things I Wish I Had Known...
Many of you who read the content of this website may already be experienced with dealing with your own hearing loss and have probably often looked back in your journey saying to yourself statements that begin with "If only I had known...". Now here is your opportunity to help other readers who are new to dealing with their hearing loss by adding to the list of statements we have placed in the following document, in order to make it easier for them to find help and support. Please CLICK on the following link to view the document: Things I Wish I Had Known
Sudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency
Most people would immediately call the doctor or even go to the emergency room if they woke up one morning and could not see out of one eye. Unfortunately, that same urgency is not always the case when one loses hearing suddenly. Please CLICK on the following link to read more: Sudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency
Age-Related Hearing Loss
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Age-Related Hearing Loss
Watch Out! Protect Your Cochlea!
Watch out ! At birth our cochlea contains less than 15,000 hair cells, a very limited capital (regarding to the millions of sensory cells in the retina). And these cells, since their are killed (by the noise) do not regenerate! Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Watch Out! Protect Your Cochlea!
Tips to Help Prevent Swimmer’s Ear
Swimmer’s ear is an infection in your ear that is caused by bacteria that is commonly found in water. Ear wax and the slope of your ear canal are natural defenses to clean and prevent swimmer’s ear, but sometimes they can get overwhelmed. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Tips To Help Prevent Swimmer's Ear
The Importance of Back-to-School Hearing Tests
Loss of hearing is usually a gradual process. Initially the changes may be so subtle that only a very keen parent would suspect something is wrong. More often than not, a parent may conclude that the child is being rude for not responding to instruction or maybe the child is branded ‘absent minded’ because of requesting for instructions to be repeated too often. When this happens at school, it can affect a child’s grades and subsequently their self-esteem. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Back To School Hearing Tests
How To Safely Clean One's Ears
If all things were as nature intended, one would not have to clean the ears. The earwax and debris would naturally work its way out. However, especially with hearing aids, that is not likely to happen. Rather, the hearing aids tend to push the wax and debris deeper into the ear canal. Please CLICK on the following link for more information on ear cleaning: Safely Cleaning Ears
Hearing Loss Related To MP3 And iPod Use
Including Children With Hearing Loss In Early Childhood Programs
Elegibility To Receive Free Equipment - A Guide Produced by the KCDHH
You are eligible to receive equipment from Kentucky’s Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) if you meet the following criteria. Please CLICK on the following links for more information:
What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?
Holiday Tips From Arlene...
The holiday season can be very stressful for someone with a hearing loss. With large family groups gathering, laughing and conversing, it’s easy for someone with a hearing loss to feel left out, isolated, bewildered and sad. Hearing aids and cochlear implants have limitations in noisy environments like this, so here are a few tips to help make this holiday more enjoyable for everyone. Please CLICK on the following link: Holiday Tips
Does Noise Stress You Out?
Most of us live our daily lives surrounded by all sorts of noise, including the roar of a motorcycle engine, a blazing car radio and the bleeps of a microwave oven! So what is 'noise' and what affect does it have upon us? Please CLICK on the following link to find out more: Does Noise Stress You Out?
Communicating With People With Hearing Loss
Provisioning for Those With Hearing Loss While Attending A Funeral - A Guide for Funeral Directors
People who have hearing loss need assistance to understand what is being said when they attend funerals. Yet Communication and Hearing Loss seem to be the last things considered in planning a funeral. This Guide provides information to Funeral Directors on the special arrangements that should be made to address this situation. Please CLICK on the following link: Guide
How Users Feel About Their Cochlear Implants
FAQ About the Carriage and Use of Hearing Equipment When On An Aircraft
When considering traveling by air, have you ever wondered what the allowed procedures are with regards to the carriage and use of hearing equipment while on an aircraft? Please CLICK on the following link to find out: Air Travel Guidelines
Asssistive Listening Systems (ALS) and Devices Fact Sheet
Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon. People show varying degrees of hearing at varying frequencies in both ears. The implications of this fact are often overlooked for a variety of reasons that include a lack of understanding about modern technology that improves access to sound. This article is written from the perspective that Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs) can benefit many hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Please CLICK on the following link: ALS and Devices Fact Sheet
Drugs That Harm Your Hearing
Did you know that more than 450 drugs (some prescription only, others over the counter) can wreak havoc on hearing? These ototoxic medications - a term that literally means poison for the ears - are particularly risky for older adults. Please CLICK on this link for more details: Drugs That Harm Hearing
Words To Describe What We Hear!
Have you ever tried to find the right words to describe your hearing loss to someone to inform them about what you actually hear? The following document is designed to do just that by helping hearing aid wearers to listen in a focussed way, and to accurately communicate with their audiologist. Please CLICK on the following link: Vocabulary for Hearing Aid Wearers
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