hearing loss

Parents Beware: Noisy Toys Can Damage Children’s Hearing

By Monique Hammond / October 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Parents Beware: Noisy Toys Can Damage Children’s Hearing

Toy safety is not all about swallowing, choking or inhaling dangers. It is also about over-the-top sound levels that can damage children’s hearing. Yet, good hearing is important for learning and for developing speech, language and social skills. Even a very mild loss can make a huge difference for a child’s future.  Unfortunately, many kids…

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OTC Hearing Aids Are Coming!

By Monique Hammond / August 25, 2022 / Comments Off on OTC Hearing Aids Are Coming!

On August 16, 2022 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its Final Rule for the sale of Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids. Affordable hearing help has been an issue for some time and many feel that FDA-regulated OTC hearing aids are long overdue. Chances are that these devices could be available online and in…

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Can Hearing Loss Cause Brain Fog?

By Monique Hammond / July 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Can Hearing Loss Cause Brain Fog?

Note:. No matter what the cause, brain fog episodes should be evaluated by a physician. In the World of Hearing Loss, Brain Fog is one of the topics that few want to talk about. But it does happen and must be acknowledged. Brain fog can have serious physical and emotional consequences. In social settings or…

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Better Hearing and Speech Improve Communication

By Monique Hammond / May 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Better Hearing and Speech Improve Communication

Every year the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication disorders related to hearing and speech. This year’s theme  – “Connecting People” –recognizes once more that hearing and speech are essential components for effective communication at any age.  And so, those whose lives are affected by struggles…

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Making the Most of DIY Hearing Care

By Monique Hammond / March 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Making the Most of DIY Hearing Care

Over-simplifying hearing loss?  The son who had accompanied his mother to a hearing loss meeting shared confidentially that he liked his music loud and that he did not worry about hearing damage. He felt that he heard enough and that nowadays hearing loss is easy. “With all of that technology out there, you fix it…

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Improved communication year round

Improved Communication Year-round

By Monique Hammond / 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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OTC Hearing Aid

OTC Hearing Aids Public Comment Period

By Monique Hammond / 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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Subjective Tinnitus

The Phantom Sounds of Subjective Tinnitus

By Monique Hammond / October 19, 2021 / Comments Off on The Phantom Sounds of Subjective Tinnitus

Subjective Tinnitus, the infamous “ringing in the ears” derives its name from the Latin verb tinnire, which means “to ring.” It is said to be a symptom of an underlying process rather than a condition in itself. Usually simply referred to as “Tinnitus,” it is defined as the perception of sound in the absence of an outside noise…

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hearing loop

Hearing Loops & Telecoils Ease Travel

By Monique Hammond / 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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Cytomegalovirus and newborn deafness

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Newborn Deafness and Hearing Loss

By Monique Hammond / July 19, 2021 /

The dangers of congenital CMV during pregnancy Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common, non-genetic cause for hearing loss or deafness in newborn babies. If the virus that infects the mother during pregnancy is passed on to the child, he/she will be born with congenital (present at birth) CMV infection. Yet, some 91% of women do not know…

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