Hearing Loss

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Understanding Its Effects

January 29, 2020 5:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hearing loss affects millions of people, and there are lots of different things that can cause it. One of the most common hearing issues people suffer from is noise-induced hearing loss. This condition is most common among people who are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis, including those who work in construction or in the military, but it can also be caused by one-time exposure to a very loud noise. The good news is that there are things that can be done to reduce loud noise side effects at McGuire’s. Noise-induced hearing loss basics Noise-induced hearing loss varies... View Article

“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

Letting the Employer Know you can do this Job – Hearing Loss, The ADA & You!

May 17, 2019 2:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Letting The Employer Know You can Do This Job – Hearing Loss, The ADA & YOU! Written by: Judy Rasin, Audiologist (McGuire’s Hearing Center) Are you applying for a new job?  To land the right job, you may need some tools to navigate the process.  I’ve pulled together some published advice (Hearing Journal April 2019) as well as resources from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission online resources to offer some tips for job hunting when you have a hearing impairment. Applying for a job:  Apply only for jobs for which you are qualified.  You are protected by the ADA (Americans... 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

The Joy of Being a Woman in Her 70’s

February 4, 2019 3:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Sunday New York Times often drops a gift in my lap – a startling photograph, an engrossing article, an opinion piece that makes me wish I could chat with the author. Yesterday I read “The Joy of Being a Woman in her 70’s” by Mary Pipher, renowned psychologist, and author of Finding Ophelia, about adolescent girls. Her new book, due mid January, deals with another chapter of life, the one I myself have entered (small wonder it caught my eye!) This chapter may bring challenges, yet most women here describe themselves as being in a vibrant and happy life... View Article

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