Searching for a Little Quiet in a Noisy World

By Lolly Wigall For the past nine months I have attended a weekly meditation group meeting. The group meets on Wednesday night from 6:30 until 8 pm.  We share a little about what has been happening in our lives.  Each person shares whatever they like.  We share only what we want to.  The leader of…

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Using Technology and Visual Communication to Combat Industrial Noise

By Jack Rubinger It stands to reason that a 4-mile-long, ½-mile deep pit mine would require enormously powerful and gigantic trucks to haul iron ore from bottom to top. Along with the sheer enormity is the overpowering noise these trucks create. And that’s a major problem because noisy trucks are not in compliance with the…

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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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Bad attitudes toward hearing and hearing loss abound: Any ideas to improve them?

By David H. Kirkwood  The science and technology available to treat hearing loss improve by the day, yet it sometimes seems that society’s attitudes toward hearing, hearing loss, and those who have it are as backward as ever. A particularly terrible example of stupidity and insensitivity toward those who can’t hear was reported this week…

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