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Improved communication year round

Improved Communication Year-round

By Ralph D Thomas / December 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Improved Communication Year-round

Be included, not excluded! There is no time like the Holidays to remind those with hearing loss of the dreaded oncoming communication crunch. The struggle to understand speech in noisy groups and places makes it hard to participate in conversations and activities. And so. it is easy to feel excluded rather than included during the peak…

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Hearing Loops & Telecoils Ease Travel

By Ralph D Thomas / October 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Hearing Loops & Telecoils Ease Travel

Hearing loops & telecoils create assistive listening systems Travel happens mostly in sound environments that generate serious communication challenges for those with hearing loss. Yet, understanding speech in the least amount of background noise is a major issue for those who are hard-of-hearing.   Luckily, hearing loops are gaining in popularity with the travel industry…

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Hearing Loss Outed By Covid

Hearing Loss Outed by COVID-19

By Ralph D Thomas / March 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Hearing Loss Outed by COVID-19

No place to hide Yes, hearing loss became truly a family affair during COVID isolation and quarantine. There was no way to hide 24/7 when conversations became labored for those with hearing loss. Family members grew weary in a hurry of having to confront the communication struggles every single day. One lady shared that she…

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SNR Hearing Loss

SNR Hearing Loss

By Ralph D Thomas / December 17, 2020 / Comments Off on SNR Hearing Loss

What did you say? Old problem gets a name An almost standard comment from people with hearing loss goes like this: “If only I could turn the speakers’ voices up louder, I would be able to hear and understand better over the room noise.”  The issue of not understanding speech in background sound is known…

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Telecoils and neckloops

COVID Homebound? Loop Yourself for Better Hearing

By Ralph D Thomas / November 11, 2020 / Comments Off on COVID Homebound? Loop Yourself for Better Hearing

Got telecoils in the hearing aids but no loop at home with which to use them? Learn about the induction neckloop, which could be a very helpful tool for those who do not have Bluetooth hearing aid connectivity for streaming over short distances.  What is a neckloop? A basic, non-amplified neckloop is a miniature version of a large loop,…

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Active listening speech

Trouble Understanding Speech? Active Listening Skills Can Help

By Ralph D Thomas / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Trouble Understanding Speech? Active Listening Skills Can Help

For those with hearing loss the struggle to understand speech, especially in background sound is a huge obstacle to communication. People tend to describe what they hear as gibberish. It turns out that the situation can be improved upon by getting hearing help and by becoming better, active listeners. Listening: the secret sauce for good…

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Hearing Loss? The Mutual Gift of Holiday Communication

By Ralph D Thomas / December 17, 2019 / Comments Off on Hearing Loss? The Mutual Gift of Holiday Communication

The Season of Inclusion For those with hearing loss, the Jolly Holiday Season poses many communication problems. People typically feel left out when trying to socialize with family and friends. Conversations that are carried out at dizzying speeds against background noise still challenge even the best of hearing aids. Listening and understanding become tiresome chores. …

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