Better Hearing Consumer

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Nov. 21, 2023

Joyful, Unexpected Moments of Understanding

Gael Hannan
It’s all in the small stuff. The ordinary small stuff that, just when you think nothing will surprise or thrill you again when connected to the words hearing loss, something unexpected happens. Perhaps a moment when accessibility is provided when you didn’t anticipate it. Or when, for whatever reason, sound becomes clearer, a conversation becomes easier. Another human suddenly, without
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Nov. 07, 2023

Have You Had an Accessibility SNAFU?

Gael Hannan
“Excuse me?!” I must have misheard or misunderstood the airline staff person crouched beside me. She repeated, “I want to make sure you have all the accessibility you need. Can I get you anything else, a Braille card?” I hadn’t misheard. “Thank you, but no. My vision is fine, it’s my hearing that needs help.” “I am so embarrassed,” she
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Oct. 24, 2023

Taking a Moment to Change a Life

Gael Hannan
If you had only 5 minutes to make a difference in the life of a stranger, would you attempt it? If, in an unexpected moment, a person whose daily world is unconnected to yours, is positioned to embrace your words, because they sense what you’re offering is something they need—would you say something? Five minutes, a fleeting blip in a person’s
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Oct. 17, 2023

The Hearing Husband Speaks

Gael Hannan
I frequently write about Doug, aka the Hearing Husband, because he’s the most important relationship in my life, the person I spend the most time with. He is both my major support team and the leader of the opposition. I’m sure this is typical for most intimate relationships, many of which must deal with one or both people living with
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Oct. 11, 2023

The Shortest Audiology Course Ever

Gael Hannan
I love hearing care professionals (HCP). Simply put, they help me hear better with their technology expertise, after I’ve settled into a comfortable relationship with an audiologist I trust and who communicates well. I have just spent a few days with my coauthor Shari Eberts at the AudBoss conference, attended by HCPs in private practice. It was a fabulous event
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Sep. 26, 2023

Responding to the Two Most Painful Words

Gael Hannan
  Last week, I shared an article by Lauren Sherwood about the most painful words a person with hearing loss can be told when asking for something to be repeated. “Never mind.” “Don’t worry about it.” “Oh, nothing.” “It wasn’t important.” The person who responds this way may honestly feel it wasn’t worth repeating, but it’s not their call to
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Sep. 19, 2023

The Two Most Painful Words (Still)

Gael Hannan
The following article, written by Lauren Sherwood in 2014, almost 10 years ago, is the most widely viewed article ever on HHTM. Her words still resonate with people who have hearing loss and their communication partners. Thank you, Lauren. I am one of an estimated 3.5 million hard-of-hearing Canadians. This doesn’t mean I don’t hear people. Every day, I hear conversations
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Sep. 11, 2023

The Craziness of the New Hearing Aid User

Gael Hannan
Last week, I had rare hearing aid catastrophe which, for once, didn’t happen on a weekend. As I wait for the new one to arrive, I got to thinking about previous first days with new hearing aids. Day 1 11 am:  Just got home. I hate to admit this, but about two miles after leaving the clinic, I pulled over. It
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Sep. 05, 2023

“Have a Sense of Humor!”, They Say!

Gael Hannan
In article after book after website about living well with hearing loss, maintaining a sense of humor ranks high on the list of recommended strategies. When I read the advice suggesting we keep our hearing loss funny bone active, I want to yell, “But what if you don’t have one?” I’m not talking about getting jokes or being witty; I’m
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Aug. 29, 2023

Hearing Aid Envy!

Gael Hannan
It’s a funny thing about hearing aid users. Our relationship with our devices, like any relationship, has its peaks and valleys. Some people tear them off at the end of the day for  ‘peace and quiet’, while others wait until just before sleep, absorbing the last bit of sound from their day. In the early days, most of us drag