Better Hearing Consumer

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Jun. 17, 2024

Leaning In for Hearing Help

Gael Hannan
  Is this you? You’ve done all you can to hear and understand in a difficult listening situation, especially one that involves several people chatting and talking over each other. You’ve positioned yourself in the optimal position. The other people know what you need but still, in the flurry of animated voices, speaking and responding, you’ve fallen behind. There are
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Jun. 05, 2024

Self-Forgiveness: A Great Hearing Hack!

Gael Hannan
  Oh darn, I did it again. I slid into bluffing mode! Hey, the conversation was a nightmare to follow – it was noisy and I didn’t know the people very well. There were several things I could have done to not bluff, but they involved time, disruption, and putting more value on the casual conversation than I was prepared
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May. 22, 2024

Let’s Amplify (and not just with Hearing Aids)!

Gael Hannan
  Amplification (abridged from Oxford Dictionary) the process of increasing the volume of sound, especially using an amplifier (such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.) the action of enlarging upon or adding detail to a story (such as telling others about our hearing loss and articulating our needs.) the action of making something more marked or intense (such as increasing
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May. 06, 2024

A HoH Travels By Air and Wheelchair

Gael Hannan
(Note: This is a longer-ish article, but it’s not boring and contains important stuff. Also, HoH means hard of hearing, a person with hearing loss.) A couple of weeks ago, I did something I swore I’d never do. I allowed myself to be pushed through the airport in a wheelchair even though my ability issue is profound hearing loss. I
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Apr. 23, 2024

The Magic of Hearing Tech Stuff (Both Present and Coming Down the Pipe)

Gael Hannan
As a person with hearing loss, I use a great deal of assistive technology. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, text translation such as captions and speech-to-text, TV streamers, remote microphones, etc., etc., etc.! This doesn’t mean that I understand how the technology works. High science and math are involved, and any engineer-designed item that requires creative thinking on my part to
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Apr. 09, 2024

How to Murder Your Hearing Aid

Gael Hannan
Warning: The following may contain content that some people find upsetting. I had one of those incidents yesterday. I pulled a sweater off over my head and, in one of those awkward battles we have with ourselves, my hearing aid disengaged and fell to the floor. Because I didn’t feel it and or hear it land – it weighs only
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Mar. 26, 2024

When a Stranger Sees Your Hearing Aid

Gael Hannan
Do you know that when you wear your hearing devices, you are an advocate? And do you know that every time you’re out in public, you have the potential to change the life of a stranger that day? Regardless of your back story, you wear your hearing aid or cochlear implant sound processor because you have chosen to hear better.
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Mar. 12, 2024

The Big Talk: Juliëtte Does TEDx

Gael Hannan
From the moment I  met Juliëtte Sterkens, I have been inspired by her passion in helping people hear better, especially through the game-changing technology of telecoils and hearing loops. Juliëtte is Dutch and she speaks English with the clarity and precision that most native speakers lack – and which people with hearing loss need. She started preaching the benefits of telecoil-equipped
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Feb. 27, 2024

Hearing Loss: Emotional Fire-Starters

Gael Hannan
What sparks your emotions in day-to-day life with hearing loss? What sets you off? If you’re like me, you have a long list of emotional fire-starters. In fact, mine’s so long that I’ve grouped it into three main sources. For most of us, by the time we receive a definitive diagnosis of hearing loss, we have already experienced many of
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Feb. 13, 2024

Asking for Access, Accepting Its Absence

Gael Hannan
It’s not just about hearing. It’s about being heard. Almost from the moment I became involved in hearing health advocacy, this has been both my mantra and my byline. It describes my passion for discovering what can make the hearing loss journey smoother, more accessible, less stressful. And that boils down to having hearing access. We are able to hear,