Category: Communication

Don't Assume That I Hear Like You

Hearing devices can be life changing for some and with a severe hearing loss, wearing a pair of hearing aids can be a necessity. Speech and sounds transmitted through hearing aids or implants do not sound the same as listening through the ears we were born with, assuming that they were perfect from the start.... Read more »

Don't Miss a Word — Make the Most out Of Your Doctor Visit

Don't Miss a Word — Make the Most out Of Your Doctor Visit
When a physician or health care provider discusses information that is essential to your health and well-being, it is important not to miss a word. Learning of a new diagnosis and the steps for treatment and follow-up can create anxiety and stress. It can be difficult to comprehend and process all the new information. Now,... Read more »

Now We Know How It Feels to Have a Hearing Loss

Now We Know How It Feels to Have a Hearing Loss
The experience of being home has certainly changed the way we live and the way we communicate. Socializing is now done at a distance and is limited at best. Modern technology has provided us the ability to communicate virtually. This wonderful resource certainly has challenges & not everyone has the luxury of connectivity. Video conferencing... Read more »
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The Challenge of Video Conferencing With a Hearing Loss

The last few months have certainly been challenging. We are all creatures of habit and we have been forced to jump outside of our comfort zone. We’ve had to find new ways to complete even the most ordinary activities like going to the grocery store or putting gas in the car. Perhaps the most impactful... Read more »

Imagine the Challenges of Hearing Through a Mask

Imagine the Challenges of Hearing Through a Mask
Last week I left my house to pickup a prescription at the pharmacy drive through window while wearing a disposable paper mask. The pharmacy technician could not understand me, so to communicate effectively, I untied the mask. Granted, we were talking through a glass window, but this alerted me to the fact that if someone... Read more »

9 Tips For Communicating With Someone Who Has Hearing Loss

What You Can Do To Help? We are often asked how to communicate with someone who has hearing loss. If there is someone in your life who struggles with their hearing, here is a list of suggestions to make communication easier. Choose a well lit place to converse. Sit close and directly face the person.... Read more »
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Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Hearing Loss in the Workplace
Do you work with someone who you suspect has a hearing loss? If you do, here are some suggestions to help in the workplace. First, no jokes about hearing. It can be a sensitive subject. What a thoughtful coworker can do is this; reduce any distractions that may interfere with your conversation. A quiet environment... Read more »

Love Your Ears

Your ears deserve attention. After all, hearing is one of your most important senses and if you think about it, hearing connects us to the world. Our ears allow us to stay safe in our environment. Hearing the blast of a horn, loud crash or even the drop of a glass causes us to make... Read more »

Yes, I'm an Audiologist

When I dropped off lab coats at the cleaner this week, I was greeted by a new employee. As he unloaded my bundle he pretended to give himself a shot in the backside, and then asked me where I worked. When I replied, he cupped his ear and gave the never-gets-old response “what?!” Most people... Read more »
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I Can't Hear in the Backseat of the Car!

When seated in the backseat of a vehicle, many of us struggle to hear the conversation coming from the front. This difficulty multiplies when the speed of the vehicle picks up. Much depends on the model of the automobile. Luxury cars tend to be quieter. Smaller cars are generally noisier. It truly is a combination... Read more »