Of hurricanes and hearing aids

By David H. Kirkwood This post was first published August 30, 2011.  As we have already witnessed the start of the 2016 season we still draw comparisons of expectations and reality. Watching how my fellow New Yorkers reacted to Tropical Storm (née Hurricane) Irene over the past weekend reminded me of the tremendous power of…

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The kids are all right: Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings

David Kirkwood first published this post in June of 2011. In 2016, we are still working to have universal newborn hearing screenings across the world. Nearly everyone would agree that there is never a good time for a baby to be born deaf or with a significant hearing loss. And children who suffer hearing loss…

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Don’t Forget, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

By Lolly Wigall When I first went into private practice in audiology, I remember being excited about promoting the “May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month” campaign. I had purchased my practice in August 1989, and I was planning on going all out for May 1990. Being a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), I…

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Universal hearing screening: Why restrict it to the very young?

By David H. Kirkwood “There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” The truth of that statement, originally written by Victor Hugo (in French), has been proven over and over. One example from the field of hearing care is universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS). Twenty-five years ago, I doubt there was…

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