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Jan. 12, 2023

Hearing Health On Display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Shari Eberts
It’s time to cross one item off my bucket list — attending the Consumer Electronics Show. Known simply as CES, the annual convention brings the movers and shakers in consumer electronics together for networking, new product launches, promotion, trendspotting, and good old-fashioned deal making. It was thrilling to see hearing health on display amid the latest products in gaming, housewares,
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Dec. 27, 2022

Finally! Live Captions on iPhone

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Dec. 14, 2022

Why Isn’t Medical Treatment Hearing Loss Friendly?

Shari Eberts
“I’m calling with some instructions for your upcoming medical procedure,” the nurse spoke rapidly into the phone.  “I have hearing loss. Can you please email them to me instead?” I asked. “Umm,” she replied hesitantly, “I would have to get special permission.” “OK, let’s try it,” I replied, “but you will need to speak more slowly so I can understand
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Nov. 19, 2022

8 Things You Should Do If You Have Tinnitus

by Ben Thompson, AuD Since the brain perceives tinnitus in the same manner as all other sounds, it’s possible to reach a point where your brain habituates to tinnitus and effectively filters it out, allowing you to focus on the things you want to do. In the same way that people who live by airports, highways, or busy establishments learn
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Nov. 06, 2022

OTC Hearing Aids – Why No Telecoils?

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Stephen O. Frazier For a significant portion of the hearing aid wearing public, the introduction of over-the-counter hearing aids became a non-event.  Why – because none of the devices being stocked by the Walmarts and Walgreens of the world contained what is, to those hearing aid users, a “must have” feature – telecoils. Telecoils are the antennas that receive
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Oct. 14, 2022

Bluetooth or T-Coil in Hearing Aids? For Now, We Need Both

Trick question. Bluetooth or T-coil: Which is more important to include in hearing aids? The answer, for now is both. Because they do different things. We use Bluetooth to stream via personal devices like laptops, smartphones and TV sets while T-coils let us tap into hearing loop systems in public spaces like theaters, conference and lecture halls, and even pharmacy check-out counters. (Learn more about
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Sep. 27, 2022

Are Captions More Accessible on the Top of the Screen?

Where should the caption window be located for the best accessibility? I had not given this issue much thought until my recent visit to Washington DC. It was a terrific trip. We toured the U.S. Capital and enjoyed many wonderful museums including the newest addition to the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Everywhere we visited was
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Sep. 11, 2022

Why Soundly Created a Virtual Line Of Hearing Aids On Roblox

by Blake Cadwell The start of every school year marks an increase in young people’s anxiety and fears of bullying. This is especially true for those with a disability – including the 34M+ kids around the world with hearing loss, many of whom wear hearing aids. Often feeling ostracized by their peers, and this stigma can affect their confidence and
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Aug. 19, 2022

It’s A Fact: People Don’t Understand Hearing Loss

It is hard to appreciate the impact of hearing loss on communication without experiencing it yourself. This makes it easy for the uninitiated to dismiss hearing loss as a “normal” part of aging and to ignore its many associated health issues.  Sometimes people with hearing loss do this too.  And now there is proof.  Cleveland Clinic recently surveyed 1,250 adults
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Jul. 25, 2022

Did OTC Hearing Aids Bring Out the Worst in Industry Players?

A few weeks ago, Senators Warren and Grassley sent a letter to the FDA regarding the proposed rule for “Establishing over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids” calling out the hearing aid industry and aligned groups for what they said were unethical practices during the comment period. They cite their own staff’s research showing that “dominant hearing aid manufacturers and aligned groups backed