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Hearing Loss

It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.

These Students Created Software That Could Help Millions Of Deaf People In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact

SÃO PAULO -- Approximately 5 percent of Brazilians have some kind of hearing impairment. Despite the widespread implementation of Br...

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.

Hearing Loss Is A Major Problem You Can Avoid -- Here's How

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 12.21.2015 | Technology

Hearing loss is practically an epidemic among young people in middle- and high-income countries -- and it's getting worse, not better. The World Heal...

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.

Matt Nathanson To Be Honored with Universal Smile Award in San Francisco by Operation Smile

Lisa Lori | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

When Matt Nathanson, whose songs include the platinum selling 'Come On Get Higher', wanted to create a music video for his new single Headphones featuring LOLO in 2014, he decided to create a different kind of video than he had previously released.

I Hate Those Hearing Aid Commercials

Tracy Stine | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Tracy Stine

We've all seen them. Ads for hearing aids for $29.95! Sounds like a pretty good deal since Audiologist prescribed hearing aids can be pretty expensive (about $500, up to $7,000) and are not covered by most Insurance programs.

Turn Down the Music! Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Adele Sandberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Adele Sandberg

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is an epidemic in the U.S. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) reports that by second grade almost three times as many children have hearing loss today as compared to just a decade ago, increasing to four times as many by eighth grade.

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.

Humor and Hearing Loss: A Helpful Manual from Hearing Health Advocate Gael Hannan

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

The Way I Hear It, A Life With Hearing Loss by humorist and hearing health advocate Gael Hannan bridges the gap of information that's so needed by the hearing impaired, but not provided by medical professionals - not provided because it's information doctors and audiologists don't know.

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 l...

Coolest Dad Ever Gets Cochlear Implant Tattoo To Match His Daughter's Real One

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.10.2015 | Good News

One father found a rad way to stand by his daughter.  Alistair Campbell's 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, is deaf and recently got a cochlear imp...

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

Hearing Loss vs. The California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #9

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Think for a moment about your favorite sounds... Music, perhaps, like the young Julie Andrews singing "I Could Have Danced All Night" from MY FAIR LA...

The Hearing Aids I've Grown To Love

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | 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 07.13.2015 | 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.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

You needn't worry about my daughter--she learned from this experience not to accept crumbs from those who think that people with disabilities don't deserve the best the world has to offer. So thank you for galvanizing me into helping to change the world for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Simplified Cellphones for Seniors With Hearing Problems

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are several simplified cellphones on the market today that are specifically designed for seniors -- including those with hearing loss. Here are some top options.