Common Painkillers Could be Harming Your Hearing.

Here’s another reason to limit the use of common painkillers: a higher risk of hearing loss.

Many of us pop up to eight pills a day of aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil) or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) in accordance with the daily maximums noted on the pill bottles. These are over-the-counter drugs after all, presumed safe.

The consequences can be far more significant. Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen (such as Aleve) are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and they have a host of side effects noted on the inserts. The American College of Rheumatology lists stomach problems, high blood pressure, kidney and heart problems among others. For people with chronic conditions, it’s easy to skip over these warnings in order to relieve the pain. Many doctors recommend acetaminophen as the painkiller with the fewest dangerous side effects.

Read more here about the surprising findings about which painkiller has the highest correlation with  hearing loss. Not what you’d expect.

Straight Talk on Hearing Aids from a Federal Commission

Hearing Loss Solutions Need More Technology, Federal Support

With only a fraction of the 30 million Americans with age-related hearing loss (out of 48 million of all ages) using hearing devices, “the time is ripe for a technology solution that could be helped along by federal action,” said geriatrician Christine Cassel, M.D., last week in a report on hearing issues before a government advisory council.

READ MORE on the committee’s surprisingly blunt recommendations.  …

Frustrated by Silence at a Funeral

It clearly was a moving memorial service for a longtime friend who had died after a long illness, but I sat in silence, unable to hear the poignant stories and loving words from family and friends. The problem was something I’ve encountered all too often before: A house of worship without the technology to allow those with hearing loss to fully participate. The service was held in a beautiful 19th century church in Cambridge, Mass., in an alcove that seated about …

Noisy Restaurant? How to Hear Better

Are restaurant owners finally getting the message that dining out shouldn’t come with a giant helping of noise? This summer, articles appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times and extolling the efforts some upscale restaurants are  making to tone down the din. Many of these improvements came after customers complained and/or restaurant critics measured the eatery’s decibels on a sound meter and found them equivalent to dining next to a jackhammer or a subway train. Obviously, some …CLICK HERE FOR TIPS ON HOW TO HEAR BETTER IN A NOISY RESTAURANT. 

Why is This ‘Technological Godsend’ Still a Secret?

It’s a boon for people with hearing loss, widely used in northern Europe, and yet in this country it still remains relatively unknown and under-utilized by millions who could benefit from it. I’m talking about induction looping, which has been available in the U.S. for years. For those unfamiliar with this ingenious device, the Wall Street Journal recently called it “a technological godsend” in an op-ed column by David Myers, a psychology professor at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and …To keep on reading, click here.

How The ADA Benefits All of Us — Yes, YOU!

Disabled access signNo disability? Guess what. You benefit from the Americans With Disabilities Act every single day.

Let’s start with wheelchair access. Parents pushing strollers, travelers with rolling suitcases, bicyclists (who should be walking the bike, not riding), workers with hand trucks, shoppers with carts full of groceries — none of these are the intended beneficiaries of wheelchair ramps, but wheelchair ramps make life a lot easier.

The examples are surprising and numerous. Read more.

Rand Paul’s Hearing Aids: Why You Should Care

During August 6th’s Republican debate, where Donald Trump’s remarks gained him disproportionate attention, Trump seemed to comment on Rand Paul’s hearing aids.

As the Times’s David Barbaro reported: “‘I don’t think you heard me,’ [Trump] scowled at Senator Rand Paul, when the lawmaker — who uses hearing aids — sought to interrupt him, then added condescendingly, ‘You’re having a hard time tonight.’ “

Rand Paul does wear hearing aids, but they’re so invisible that most people aren’t aware of them. Whether Trump was making a deliberate slur about Paul’s hearing aids, or was simply shooting his mouth off, is something we’ll probably never know. A campaign source told The Washington Examiner that Trump was unaware that Paul wears hearing aids.

If someone as prominently in the public eye as Rand Paul can wear hearing aids and not have it be an issue, so can everyone else. We should all take that lesson from Rand Paul. Get hearing aids, wear them, help make hearing loss a non-issue.

Those journalists who do know that Paul wears hearing aids treat it as simply a fact, as Barbaro did. The Wall Street Journal did the same: “Occasionally, he has trouble hearing questions; he wears hearing aids in both ears.” It doesn’t strike me that either is suggesting hearing aids affect Paul’s qualifications for President.

The occasional, perhaps unintentional, slur does slip in, as in this quote from Nicholas Wapshott on Reuters: “Nonetheless, Paul remains an odd candidate. He appears resistant to all attempts to package him or make him media friendly — which is refreshing. His television interviews are curt to the point of ill manners, even when being quizzed by the GOP mouthpiece Fox News. His hairline is a Donald Trump-like mystery. He is profoundly deaf and wears hearing aids in each ear.” Combined with ill manners and a questionable hairline, hearing loss in this instance is a deficit

Beyond that, note that Reuters refers to Paul as profoundly deaf. If you believe Politico, he “sometimes has trouble hearing.” The fact that we don’t know confirms how irrelevant this is to his qualifications for the Presidency. Given the age range of the candidates, it’s likely that several of them wear hearing aids – or at least should. The only reason Paul’s are even mentioned is because at a boyish 52, he breaks the stereotype.

Issue dismissed — as it should be for everyone who wears hearing aids.