The Persistent Stigma of Hearing Loss—Even 25 Years After ADA

Thinking and reading about the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, 25 years ago this week, has been a surprising reminder of how far we have come in a relatively short span. Twenty-five years — July 26, 1990. For me, that’s an era just past — my children were already school age, my career was established. For many of us in the AARP generation, 50 and older, 25 years ago was recent history. So it’s shocking to be reminded… click here to read more…

Fire Up the Tiki Torches — Summer Parties and Hearing Loss

How to Enjoy the Party — Even With Hearing Loss

Summertime offers the opportunity for a kind of social encounter that those with significant hearing loss don’t get often enough — an outdoor party. Being outside, without air conditioners humming or loud music blaring, makes it easier to hear in a crowd. As long as the light is good enough to read lips — and there aren’t too many mustaches in the group — parties can be fun, even with hearing loss. Most parties are indoors, however, and even the …

Everything You Need to Know About Hearing Loss — in One Easy Read

My new book “Living Better With Hearing Loss: A Guide to Health, Happiness, Love, Sex, Work, Friends… and Hearing Aids” is just what it says: a one-stop shop for dealing with hearing loss.

The book is available as an ebook or a paperback. You can buy it any bookstore, though they may have to order the book for you.
Here’s a link to the Amazon.com page: http://amzn.to/1InL9sf.
Just copy and paste into your browser.

And here’s the table of contents, to give you a sense of what’s covered.

Introduction
Part One: Facing Facts
Chapter 1. I Don’t Have Hearing Loss. I Just Can’t Hear You.
Chapter 2. Get It Tested
Chapter 3. Your First Audiologist Appointment
Chapter 4. Hearing Aids: So Many Choices
Chapter 5. The Not-Ready-for-a-Hearing-Aid “Hearing Aid”
Chapter 6. How Did This Happen?
Chapter 7. Practice, Practice, Practice
Part Two: Love and Work
Chapter 8. Family Matters
Chapter 9. Dating: Who, How, and When to Tell
Chapter 10. You Gotta Have Friends
Chapter 11. The Job Search
Chapter 12. Once You Get the Job
Chapter 13. Mid-Career Hearing Loss, or, My Mistakes
Part Three: Travel and Leisure
Chapter 14. Flying and Lodging
Chapter 15. On the Road
Chapter 16. Dining Out
Chapter 17. Parties
Part Four: When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough
Chapter 18: Roger and Me: Assistive Technology
Chapter 19: Read My Lips!
Chapter 20 What the Heck Is a Hearing Loop?
Chapter 21: Cochlear Implants
Part Five: Changing the Way We Think About Hearing Loss
Chapter 22: The Dangers of Denial and Ignorance
Chapter 23: What We Can Do
Glossary
Resources
Notes

LIsten Better to Hear Better

Five Ways to Hear Better

Do you think you’re losing your hearing? You probably are. Two-thirds of those over 75 have some degree of hearing loss, and so do a substantial percentage of younger people. The most effective way to deal with hearing loss is to get hearing aids. But if you’re not ready for hearing aids or other hearing assistive devices, you can help your hearing by learning to listen better. You could think of it as mindful listening. Here are five tips: Click here to read more …

The Key to Hearing Better is Listening Better

Five Ways to Hear Better

Do you think you’re losing your hearing? You probably are. Two-thirds of those over 75 have some degree of hearing loss and so do a substantial percentage of younger people. The most effective way to deal with hearing loss is to get hearing aids. But if you’re not ready for hearing aids or other hearing assistive devices, you can help your hearing by learning to listen better. You could think of it as mindful listening. Here are five tips: Face the …

The Soundtrack of Summer Drive Time

Remember those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with the top down—or at least the windows open—and Top 40 blasting from the radio. I thought that was one of the things I had to give up as my hearing loss got worse. I drive a lot, especially in summer, and often on the same kind of open two-lane road that I remember from my teens and early 20’s. But I can’t hear the radio. And I especially can’t hear the radio with the …

The Ins and Outs of Hearing Aid Coverage Under the ACA

That’s the Affordable Care Act, and it doesn’t solve quite everything.

Last week’s Supreme Court affirmation of the Affordable Care Act is good news for the 6.4 million Americans who stood to lose their health insurance if the decision had gone the other way. But it doesn’t improve matters for those with hearing loss. The ACA, unlike Medicare, does not specifically exclude coverage for hearing aids. In fact, the ACA does not specifically exclude any coverage: it was written in a positive way, delineating several categories of benefits that must be included in insurance policies sold on the exchanges. The Department of Health and Human Services referred to these as benchmarks for essential health benefits.

But the territory is murky. As the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) noted, coverage for hearing aids, hearing-aid accessories and hearing tests is a gray area.

Click here to read more about your state’s plan and its specific benefits (or lack of them) — and learn how you can affect insurance coverage of hearing-health care.