There’s a right to hear or not to hear, but none to deny another’s right to hear

Editors Note: This post was originally posted February 2012. By David H. Kirkwood Two recent posts at Hearing Views addressed basic rights related to hearing health care: the right to have access to hearing care technology and services and the right not to use that access.   “AN ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT” The February 8 Hearing…

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

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…

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

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…

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