Hearing loss, the extremely common, yet invisible birth defect*. It can masquerade as a learning disability or attention problem if left unaddressed.

Hearing loss, the extremely common, yet invisible birth defect*. It can masquerade as a learning disability or attention problem if left unaddressed.

When we talk about children with a hearing impairment raised in a hearing and speaking environment, the negative impact of leaving it untreated is very well documented. Because speech and language development have critical windows in early life, hearing loss can significantly impact this development. This is true even when it is mild or only in one ear! Even common (though not at birth) and seemingly benign things like ear infections can cause mild (or greater) conductive hearing loss and impact development.

We know from years of identifying children with hearing loss after there are signs of speech and language delays that delayed intervention can be extremely costly. Turns out it is much cheaper for the government to identify and intervene with children with hearing loss as early as possible, rather than wait. 

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Why many physicians are in the dark about treating tinnitus.

tinnitus education

Chances are your healthcare providers know very little about tinnitus, its causes, or how to treat it.

Even if they went to a prestigious school or work hard to stay up to date on new treatments. Why? Well, in part because researchers don’t claim to know that much about tinnitus. But we know a lot more today than ever before and there are many evidence based treatments available. Unfortunately, despite the fact tinnitus effects 15% of the population, most medical schools aren’t teaching enough about the ear/brain system. And, what they do teach, is usually out of date.

 

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Your patients are missing your best advice: My Top 5 Tips on How to Be Heard for Healthcare Providers

communication strategies hearing loss Isn’t it strange how patients sometimes just “hear what they want to hear.” For example, you are positive you didn’t say “I love WebMD, go ahead and read that instead of asking me for advice.” Yet somehow, that is the primary piece of information they left your office with. They are truly missing some of your best advice. Today I’m going to give you my Top 5 Tips on How To Be Heard for healthcare providers

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Hearing Loss Emergency Preparedness Is your hearing loss emergency kit ready?

Hearing Loss Emergency Preparedness Is your hearing loss emergency kit ready?

We’re not just talking spare batteries here. Are you prepared to communicate in the midst of alarms or adverse weather (e.g. waterproof note pad)? We are all vulnerable in an emergency, but when you have a hearing loss life saving preparedness might be something like calling the hotel in advance that you need a special alarm in the event of a fire.

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Hearing is Tricky I'm here to demystify adult-onset hearing loss.

Hearing is Tricky I'm here to demystify adult-onset hearing loss.

The disability that effects over 20% of Americans over age 12 is unseen and often ignored until it is much harder to manage. Hearing Ally aims to demystify hearing loss and tinnitus for families and healthcare providers through continuing education for providers and support for families. Use our blog posts #1-5 for our hearing aid buying do’s and don’ts.

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