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“FITTING” OUTSIDE THE BOX

June 6, 2019 7:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Written by: Judy Rasin, Audiologist Hearing care specialists sometimes meet patients who describe difficulty hearing, often especially in noisy or challenging environments, and yet (to our surprise) have normal audiometric findings. Complaints of difficulty understanding speech in noise is expected in our patients with measurable hearing loss, and we approach these patients with recommendations for amplification coupled with enhanced listening strategies and sometimes assistive devices. Although we have known about “hidden hearing loss” for years (that is, difficulty understanding speech despite normal audiogram), newer technologies are allowing us to offer more proactive solutions. Imagine a patient coming into the office,... View Article


Understanding The Sound of Your Voice

March 29, 2019 10:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the comments I hear from patients as they are being fit with hearing aids for the first time is “I can hear my own voice!” This is often said with some surprise. For most patients this is not a problem, as the awareness of their voice goes away quickly, often within the fitting session. For other folks there are a myriad of adjustments we can offer if the perception persists. I recently came across a TED talk by an MIT researcher whose work involves how people perceive their own voices. Her work intrigued me – she explores the... View Article


Face to Face

December 11, 2018 2:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I just finished reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. She quotes a librarian: “My hero is Albert Schweitzer. He said, ‘All true living takes place face to face.” This caught my attention, because I truly think the world would be a better place if we lived in a more “face to face” way. That thought led me on a Google path, and I came across a TED talk by journalist Celeste Headlee on how to have better conversations with more real connection. Let me share some of her points (with my own spin) – it’s relevant to the hearing... View Article


Please Pass the Pie!

December 3, 2018 8:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Please pass the pie! Now that you’ve finished your shopping, chosen the wines, cleaned the house, baked the pies, and taken out the platters, let’s add one more thing to your holiday preparations: plan how you can make it easier for your guests who have some hearing loss to fully partake in the conversation. Folks with hearing loss may have challenges hearing conversation at the holiday table. The table is bigger, more than one conversation may be happening at the same time, and yes, people chatter while chewing. As host, we can take a few easy thoughtful steps to facilitate... View Article


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Calling All Grandchildren!

August 31, 2018 6:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hearing aid technology has made phenomenal advances, and is highly interactive with the soundscape so that the listener has a better chance than ever to hear well and comfortably. And yet, hearing aids are only part of the prescription for better hearing. Good listening strategies and strong, kind family support are as important as ever. If you are lucky enough to have grandchildren in your family scene, you have a built-in resource to help in the adjustment to hearing aids. I say this on the basis of years of observations of the families I see in my practice. Children are,... View Article


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