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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What’s the matter with Canada?

By David H. Kirkwood People who know me probably wonder why I would ask such a tendentious question. After all, my father, who was born and raised in Ontario, remained a Canadian for most of my childhood years. And, except for my mother and brother, all my Kirkwood relatives still live on the northern side…

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When faced with “compassion fatigue,” non-profit fundraisers may need new strategies

By David H. Kirkwood This is the time of year when our mailboxes overflow with urgent pleas for donations from every good cause we’ve ever contributed to. And, for every non-profit organization that we’ve helped in the past, we probably hear from half a dozen other charitable groups that have identified us as good candidates…

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Eleven misconceptions teachers should know about children with hearing loss

By Janice Schacter Lintz   (1) People with hearing loss are older adults. According to NIDCD and the Better Hearing Institute, of the 36 million people in the United States with some degree of hearing loss, only 30% are 65 or older.   (2) A child who responds to sound does not have a hearing…

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