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OTC Hearing Aid

OTC Hearing Aids Public Comment Period

By Ralph D Thomas / November 9, 2021 / Comments Off on OTC Hearing Aids Public Comment Period

OTC hearing aids will be “self-fitting,” non-prescription devices. They will be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but people can buy them Over-the-Counter without a prescription or the input of any professional help. Would-be users will be on their own when it comes to deciding if they qualify for these devices because they are…

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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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Hidden, Silent Disability Travel Woes

By Ralph D Thomas / May 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Hidden, Silent Disability Travel Woes

Yes, hearing loss is often called a “a hidden or a silent disability.” Invisible to outsiders, it causes all sorts of challenges for daily life but when it comes to travel, it can lead to anxiety and panic situations. Hearing loss has certainly put a serious crimp into my own travel experiences.  It all starts…

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Hearing Loops for businesses

Hearing Loops for Businesses

By Ralph D Thomas / October 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Hearing Loops for Businesses

Shortcomings in equitable access Although totally necessary, COVID-19 safety precautions have led to serious communication issues for those with hearing challenges ─ over 20 percent of the population.   While all customers and clients need equitable access to communication at any time, the Coronavirus has uncovered the fact that many businesses have few if any ways of…

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