Know Your Rights-Accessibility and Public Spaces

Know Your Rights-Accessibility and Public Spaces

ADA The rights of the hearing impaired are legally protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law in 1990, it guarantees comprehensive civil rights protections to people with disabilities across all areas of public life, including employment, state and local government services, transportation, telecommunications, and public accommodations.  All the protections offered within the ADAs broad span fall … Read More

Certain Chemicals May Cause Hearing Loss

Certain Chemicals May Cause Hearing Loss

What are Ototoxicants and What Damage Do They Do? Strange as it may seem at first, ototoxicants are chemicals that when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin can cause hearing loss and issues with one’s balance. Certain medications may come with such a risk, but most frequently it is in the workplace where one is exposed to such chemicals. … Read More

How Prevalent is Hearing Loss in the US?

How Prevalent is Hearing Loss in the US?

HOW COMMON IS HEARING LOSS Disabling hearing loss is far more common than most people likely believe. This is likely because it is not very often represented in popular culture and when it is, it is often not portrayed accurately. Hearing loss is not a simple binary. It is a spectrum. And it is an invisible disability, meaning that you … Read More

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?

Hearing Loss is More Common Than You May Think  Disabling hearing loss is among the most common health issues in the world today. Though less than three out of every 1,000 babies in the US are born with congenital hearing loss, studies estimate that up to 48 million Americans live with it. That’s over 13% of the population over 18 … Read More

If I Can Still Hear, Is It OK to Put Off Getting Hearing Aids?

If I Can Still Hear, Is It OK to Put Off Getting Hearing Aids?

The first signs of hearing loss can come at any time, though most cases of age-related hearing loss usually the first start appearing in a person’s 40s or 50s. Age-related hearing loss is also known as presbycusis, occurs when damage occurs to the cells of the inner ear which deliver sound to the brain- due to changes in the ear … Read More

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Hearing Loss?

What Happens if You Don't Treat Hearing Loss?

It’s all too common to ignore hearing loss but that doesn’t mean it won’t catch up with you. The truth is ignoring hearing loss just makes it worse. While there is no immediate pain associated with symptoms, that doesn’t mean that hearing loss doesn’t “hurt”!  With untreated hearing loss, it is common to pretend to hear what the people in … Read More

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Connecting People | May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Do you suffer from hearing loss? You may be and not even know it! Hearing loss often develops slowly and becomes more of an issue over time. However, because of the gradual manner, many are left unaware. May is here and with it comes Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), a national campaign led by ASHA (American Speech-language-Hearing Association) to … Read More

New Study on Hearing Aids Reducing the Risk for Dementia

New Study on Hearing Aids Reducing the Risk for Dementia

Do you suspect you have a hearing loss? Are you finding yourself struggling to hear on over the phone and asking people to repeat themselves more often than not? Hearing loss is more serious than most people first suspect. More than a hearing issue, it’s a communication barrier which has far reaching negative effects. What starts as simple misunderstandings quickly … Read More

Hearing Aids were a Pioneer in Electronics Miniaturization

Hearing Aids were a Pioneer in Electronics Miniaturization

Today electronics are becoming smaller and smaller. While tiny computers in our phones and watches are commonplace, this is a relatively new development in technology. Even thirty years ago, it would have been unheard of to consider palm-held computers as being nearly everywhere! Not only are computers smaller than ever, but more precise and faster. How did electronics designers and … Read More

Can You Hear While Sleeping?

Can You Hear While Sleeping?

Sometimes sleep seems like the sweetest relief at the end of a busy day. Aside from a well-needed rest, regular, healthy sleep hygiene helps boost your immune system, improve heart health, improve focus, and reduce stress. Despite the well-needed break, it provides your body, it also gives your mind a rest. Many people make the mistake that we are our … Read More