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Jul. 26, 2011

Why I Blog

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By David H. Kirkwood After editing and writing for newspapers and magazines for the past 35 years or so, what appealed to me most about blogging was the complete change of pace that it offered. Don’t get me wrong. I still believe that printed publications have some unique virtues. And, while they face enormous challenges, I am convinced that some
Jul. 06, 2011

Hearing aids and implants: If you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em

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By Amy Sargent Flaunt those bits and pieces! No, I’m not being naughty or risqué–though I’ve been known to be so! “Bits and pieces” are the euphemisms I use for hearing aids (HAs) and cochlear implants (CIs). It’s amazing how “hearing aids” and “cochlear implants” are dirty words to many of those who need them. A lot of people who
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Jun. 28, 2011

“Together, we say, let’s loop America!”

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By David Myers With palpable excitement, 235 people from 11 countries converged on Washington, DC in late June for the culmination of the year-long Get in the Hearing Loop joint project of the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Academy of Audiology. The animating vision—in my mind, and seemingly for many others—is nothing short of doubling hearing instrument
Jun. 22, 2011

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” doesn’t make sense for hearing loss either

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By David H. Kirkwood The June 20 New York Times ran a story that I think will be of particular interest to people with hearing loss who are—or want to be—in the work force. Written by Joseph Goldstein, this excellent article (available at www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/nyregion/ny-enforces-ban-on-police-officers-using-hearing-aids.html?_r=1) tells about two veteran New York police officers who were forced to retire because they wore
Jun. 15, 2011

The evolving consumer-professional partnership is something to celebrate

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By Gael Hannan What a dream job–being asked by the Canadian Hearing Report to produce a consumer column in a journal for hearing professionals. I admit my first thought was something like, whoo-hoo, payback time! An opportunity to stuff all those years of torturous hearing tests, frustrating discussions, and expensive hearing aids into the cannon and blast it! But on
May. 24, 2011

Deaf: A four-letter word that’s lost its sting

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By Helen Cotton Leiser My oldest daughter, Ashlin, was identified with profound hearing loss when she was 18 months old. The news swept us off our feet. It was completely unexpected. No one in our family has a hearing loss, nor did anyone we knew. Until I became involved with Hands & Voices, I carefully used the term “hearing loss”
May. 18, 2011

Promoting better hearing: It’s a matter of faith!

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By Gyl A. Kasewurm Several of the sessions I attended at the recent AudiologyNOW! in Chicago highlighted the fact that audiologists could do a better job of convincing patients to take our advice. The concept of “selling” hearing technology to our patients isn’t always a comfortable one. That’s not surprising since we aren’t typically taught how to do that in
Apr. 12, 2011

Hearing care for prisoners: It’s their constitutional right

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By Fred Cohen America’s prisons are bursting at the seams with over 2 million prisoners, of whom perhaps 200,000 are over the age of 50. Older prisoners are subject to the same hearing problems associated with age as the free world population. However, under our legal system prisoners are entitled to medical care that does not exist for persons in
Apr. 06, 2011

If you agree that Hearing Health Matters…

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…HAVE WE GOT A FORUM FOR YOU! A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Kara Nacarato, editor of The Hearing Professional, the International Hearing Society’s member publication.  Among her questions was, “What will you miss most about your role as editor of The Hearing Journal?,” a job I left at the end of 2010. I had to mull over
Apr. 06, 2011

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