Invisible Hearing Aids’ Misguided Message.

The ads call them “invisible hearing aids,” describing them as “discreet,” “well-hidden” and “virtually undetectable.” Perhaps that sounds appealing, but it also sends an unintended and damaging message: Hearing aids are shameful and something to be hidden. You might as well wear a bag over your head. The ads also reinforce the notion that wearing hearing aids trumpets the fact that you’re old. Which is silly, as audiologist Mark Ross wrote in a recent column for, because “rejecting a …
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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.

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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.