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Hearing Aids

It Is Time To Stop Shaming People With Hearing Loss

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.08.2016 | Entertainment
Janice S. Lintz

It is time to stop humiliating people with hearing loss. Radar Online's recent headline said, "Photo Shocker: Caitlyn Jenner Caught Wearing Hearing Ai...

11 Questions People Who Are Hard Of Hearing Should Ask Prior To Staying In A Hospital

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

The following are recommended questions to ask your doctor and hospital prior to your stay:

Want Hearing Aids But They're Too Expensive? Read On.

Katherine Bouton | Posted 06.25.2016 | Fifty
Katherine Bouton

What's the Number One reason people say they don't wear hearing aids? Cost. A single hearing aid costs between $3000 and $4000 and most people with hearing loss need two. Medicare does not cover hearing aids -- even for people who are profoundly deaf -- nor do most private insurance plans.

Mom's Voice Sparks Dance Party For Toddler With New Hearing Aids

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Parents

To celebrate his new hearing aids, one toddler busted out some cute moves. According to ABC News, doctors determined that 2-year-old Kaiden Orantes ha...

Six Steps Those With Hearing Loss Can Take to Communicate Better

Shari Eberts | Posted 06.14.2016 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

Source: Kevin Curtis | Unsplash Those of us with hearing loss must sometimes rely on those with normal hearing to help us have better conversations a...

Memo To Airlines, We Can't Hear You!

Katherine Bouton | Posted 06.07.2016 | Fifty
Katherine Bouton

I hate to burden you airlines with another complaint, but really, can't you do just a few things to make life easier for travelers with hearing loss? I hope you realize that we represent one in five of your customers. Of the 50 million Americans with hearing loss, quite a few end up on your airplanes.

12 Myths About Hearing Loss Debunked

Katherine Bouton | Posted 05.28.2016 | Fifty
Katherine Bouton

I titled my book about hearing loss Shouting Won't Help. It won't. Shouting distorts the mouth and makes lip reading difficult. Speak in a normal tone of voice, look at the listener and articulate clearly.

FAQs for Hearing Aids

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

It is really hard to tell what you cannot hear. The people around you may have noticed that you are responding incorrectly to questions and increasing the volume on the television or phone. A hearing test is non-invasive and painless.

A Road Map For Those New To Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts | Posted 04.29.2016 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

Do you know someone who is new to hearing loss? Maybe they haven't yet accepted that they have a hearing loss, or maybe they are just starting to acknowledge it, but don't know what to do first, or second. I know some people like that, myself included, at one point.

7 Misconceptions About People With Hearing Loss

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

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

What Is That Noise!?! My Take On Living With Tinnitus

Shari Eberts | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

Will my tinnitus take another turn for the worse? I hope not. These are worries that I have, but I cannot spend time on them. I can only focus on living each day the best that I can.

Don't Say This To Someone With Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts | Posted 02.25.2016 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

It happens sometimes. A friend or colleague is telling me a funny story or explaining an event that happened, and at some point I will ask "What did y...

How Hearing Aids Changed My Life at the Age of 27

Sarah Klegman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Good News
Sarah Klegman

As un-sexy as they may be at times, and even though my hearing loss isn't as bad as most, hearing aids have changed my life. I believe that shamelessly showing your vulnerabilities can make you an even more likable person. Living honestly inspires others to live honestly.

5 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

It is hard to explain to others what it is like to have hearing loss. I am neither a child nor an invalid. If someone asks me a question and I don't hear it, please repeat it so I can answer for myself. I want to hear you and am trying my best.

Why We Should Teach Hearing Health In Elementary Schools

Shari Eberts | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Shari Eberts

A few years ago I visited my son's 1st grade classroom as part of Family Time. This was a monthly event where different children's parents would visit the classroom to share something special about their family.

How to Have A Better Conversation With Someone With Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Shari Eberts

All of us with hearing loss know how hard it can sometimes be to converse comfortably with our friends and family. We get tired, frustrated and someti...

10 Tips for Tackling Thanksgiving Dinner With a Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

Rather than wallow in fear, I put together these 10 tips for tackling Thanksgiving dinner with a hearing loss. I hope they help you approach the holiday with more joy and less fear. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Eighty percent of people over 80 have a hearing problem and overall 30 million Americans struggle to hear well. While hearing aids can usually help, less than 30% of people with hearing loss actually get them.

Six Hearing Aids, Two Cochlear Implants and a Roger Pen Walked Into a Bar

Shari Eberts | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

Dining out at a restaurant can be problematic these days. Noise levels have grown, tables are stacked closer and closer together, and glass and hardwood are all the rage for decor, leaving even less cushioning or carpet behind for sound absorption. Layer hearing loss on top of all this, and dining out can be quite a challenge.

I Am So Frustrated By My Hearing Loss I Could Just Scream!

Shari Eberts | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Shari Eberts

Here are my tips for surviving the inevitable bouts of frustration that come along with hearing loss.

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

It's unfortunate, but millions of Americans with hearing loss don't get hearing aids because they simply can't afford them. Hearing aids -- typically sold through audiologists' offices -- are expensive, usually costing between $1,000 to $3,500 per ear. What's more, traditional Medicare doesn't cover them and private insurance typically hasn't either.

Reclaiming A Musical Life After Decades Of Hearing Loss

Stu Nunnery | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Stu Nunnery

Original illustration by Jake Reeves. I have been on a musical journey since I was four years old -- a journey that ended precipitously in my late ...

The Hearing Aids I've Grown To Love

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 07.16.2016 | Fifty
Kathy Gottberg

While most people have a gradual decline in volume as they age, my hearing loss is more like a 'cookie bite.' I can hear highs and lows, but it's all the middle-ranges that disappear on me. Now I know why I thought so many people were mumbling.

Silence Isn't Golden: The Case for Expanding Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Max Richtman

As our nation marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare in 2015, the time is now to expand the Medicare program starting with coverage of hearing aids.

The Wonderful Way One Mom Is Empowering Kids With Hearing Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

A U.K. mom has figured out a simple way to make hearing aids and cochlear implants fun and empowering for children. Sarah Ivermee's 4-year-old so...