Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is defined as a partial or total inability to hear. It can affect one ear (unilateral) or both (bilateral) and be permanent or temporary. This condition is considered a public health epidemic in Americans, affecting more than 48 million people nationwide and approximately 477 million around the world.… Continue reading What Does ‘Degree of Hearing Loss’ Mean?
As we’ve become all too aware, a virus can often seem to come out of nowhere and cause a variety of frustrating, sometimes scary, symptoms. Viruses can be as mild as the common cold or as severe as Ebola. What you may not know, is that some viruses have also been linked to hearing loss.… Continue reading 6 Viruses That Could Cause Hearing Loss
Going out into the world, nailing a job interview, and going to work to earn your own money and establish independence is supposed to be followed by feelings of excitement and euphoria, but for those who are disabled, it’s sometimes a different story altogether. Workplace discrimination still exists, even today, and all too often it’s… Continue reading The Truth About Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
Though most children complain about going to school at some point in their life, studies show that youngsters with hearing loss have a higher incidence of school absences than their peers with normal hearing. A recent study led by Dr. Jiunn-Yih Su of the Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research,… Continue reading The Crucial Impact of Hearing Loss on School Attendance
Do you find that you’re unusually tired as the day goes by? Does conversation with others drain you more than it should? These could be signs of listening fatigue, otherwise known as auditory fatigue, and it is a common condition that goes hand-in-hand with hearing loss. What is listening fatigue? The process of listening involves… Continue reading What is Listening Fatigue?
Tinnitus. Millions of people around the world live with it. Millions more will end up with it. What is it, and what can be done to manage it? Tinnitus is described by medical professionals as a perception of noise; a ringing, buzzing, or other similar noise in one or both ears that people nearby cannot… Continue reading Holistic Methods for Managing Tinnitus
Group activities seem to be a given for kids. Whether it’s team sports, dance classes, scouting, or something similar, these activities provide children with the opportunity to explore, discover and learn new things that they may not otherwise get a chance to. But what happens when kids communicate differently? When the children so eager to… Continue reading How to Include Children with Hearing Loss in Group Activities
Cochlear implants have been known to significantly help those with hearing loss, especially children with severe hearing impairments. Unfortunately, the guidelines that suggest a patient may be a proper candidate for a cochlear implant does not always align with the guidelines of insurance policies. Though a hearing health professional may deem you a classic CI… Continue reading The Economic Complications of Cochlear Implant Candidacy and Disparity
“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” Petra Nemcova In today’s world, natural disasters seem to be happening more and more often, from floods to fires to tornadoes and hurricanes. We may not want to think… Continue reading How to Prepare for Disasters if You Have Hearing Loss
For many of us, going out to see a movie is as simple as looking up the showtimes and heading over to the theater. We choose the film we want to watch, find our seats, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. While people with normal hearing abilities are able to go see a movie… Continue reading The Importance Of Closed Captioning In Everyday Life