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Feb. 14, 2022

Do Hearing Aids Need a Makeover?

I’ve been thinking a lot about hearing loss stigma lately. Why does it continue to linger while other cultural stigmas successfully fade away? Is it because hearing loss is a communication disorder, impacting us right in the heart of our lives — our relationships? Whenever conversation gets challenging, bad feelings can result. To avoid the awkwardness, both sides retreat, hiding behind stigma
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Feb. 03, 2022

America’s Got Talent Music Producer Scott Simons Can Finally Be ‘True Self’ on Set with New Hearing Aids

HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK — Singer, songwriter, and musician Scott Simons is best known as the voice behind the theme song for the hit children’s television series Paw Patrol. But he also plays a critical role on the popular competition show America’s Got Talent. As a member of the production team, in addition to arranging and producing, Simons collaborates with contestants to put
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Jan. 30, 2022

The Gift of Sound

by Susan Baird I am going to write about courage, resilience, hope and perseverance today. This seems to be a theme in today 2020’s world. We all have dreams. As children we enjoy a carefree time. Sometimes, though, our childhood is not all fun. I remember the time my dad put a phone up to my ear and realized that
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Jan. 18, 2022

Top 10 Hearing Loss Resolutions for 2022

The start of the year is always a good time to take stock and set goals for the next 12 months. This can apply to any aspect of your life — and of course to your hearing loss. Maybe you have been ignoring your hearing loss, preferring to live in denial because you “get by” most of the time. 2022
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Jan. 04, 2022

11 Best Hearing Aids in 2022: Reviews & Pricing

by Ben Thompson, AuD In 2022, consumers are in the driver’s seat as there are several excellent hearing aids on the market, at a variety of price points. It should be said, though: not every hearing aid is appropriate for every person, a choice should be tailored to the individual’s hearing test, preferred service model (online vs in-person), dexterity, cosmetic
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Dec. 27, 2021

Readers’ Choice 2021: How Should Hearing Aids Look?

Dear Readers: During this holiday season, the editors at Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) are taking some time off. However, we are not leaving you without anything to read on our blog this week. Instead, we are publishing a special holiday edition filled with what we call our Readers’ Choice. Our Readers’ Choices featured this week are the posts
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Dec. 12, 2021

Will This Medication Harm My Hearing?

I was recently prescribed a new medication by my doctor but before I began taking it, I wanted to understand if it could harm my hearing. I already have a moderate progressive hearing loss, so I do everything I can to protect the hearing I still have.  “I have hearing loss so am wondering if this drug is ototoxic?” I
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Dec. 01, 2021

Back to the Office with Hearing Aids

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is written by Blake Cadwell, a blogger with mild to moderate hearing loss. In this post, he shares his experiences heading back to an in-person office with hearing aids.   What I’ve Learned So Far    I got my first pair of hearing aids in mid-2020, right around my 30th birthday. I had waited nearly two
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Nov. 23, 2021

Hearing aids – unaffordable or unwanted?

By Stephen O. Frazier With the Food and Drug Administration finally announcing the long overdue proposed standards for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids it appears the answer to the hearing aid cost conundrum may soon be made known. It came as a surprise to some that some of the standards developed apply not just to OTC devices but also to prescription
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Nov. 15, 2021

Declaring My Hearing Loss Helps Me Communicate Better

During my last trip to the hair salon, I ran into a fellow parent at my children’s school. Both of our daughters had recently started college and we had much to discuss. – How was drop-off? – Do you hear from her? – How is your younger child coping with the transition? The questions were endless, but the conversation was