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Tips for Video Calls and Group Chats for Hearing Loss

In Hearing Aid Technology by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Our world has transformed in the last year, and many of us continue racing to keep up with the abrupt nature of the change. One of the powerful changes to the way we communicate is the prevalence of videoconferencing. Whether it is a chat with your friends and family, a class discussion taking place remotely, or an important meeting with …

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How Does Telemedicine Work?

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

It might come as no surprise that health care is among the many social activities that have moved to “remote” settings. With the risks of social proximity, any steps that can be employed to create physical distance between people could amount to saving lives. Many aspects of health care can be enacted across distance rather than in shared space. Let’s …

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How the ADA Can Help Do More for Hearing Loss

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 30 years old in 2020! This life-changing piece of legislation makes it possible for people with a variety of physical and mental ability to move through the world more easily and to perform the activities of daily life with the support they need. Those with mobility challenges now have accessible entry into public …

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Work & Leisure Activities That Could Contribute to Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

If you have ever been to a loud concert or sporting event, you have a sense for how loud a leisure event can be. The din of voices adds to the amplified sounds to create a powerful sonic experience. Unfortunately, if you heard ringing or muffling in your ears afterward, you are well aware of the dangers those events can …

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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

The World Health Organization (WHO) has noted a remarkable uptick in hearing loss, particularly among young people. Overall, 466 million persons around the world experience disabling hearing loss, amounting to 6.1% of the world’s population.  The causes of hearing loss are wide-ranging, but the WHO has targeted three main causes for their campaign: occupational, leisure, and music. By narrowing to …

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Tips for Communicating with Face Masks

In Communication, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Now that we have been wearing face masks for some time, each of us has had a moment when communication became difficult. Whether your encounter was at the grocery store, gas station, or in conversation with a friend, family member, or loved one, face masks can obscure the communication process just enough to make it difficult.  Those who have trouble …

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Work & Leisure Activities That Could Contribute to Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

If you have ever been to a loud event and then walked outside into the relatively quiet outdoors, you are already attuned to the risks of hearing loss associated with some leisure activities. That sound of ringing or muffled sound after walking out of a loud event points you in the direction of the damage that your hearing could sustain.  …

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Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with a Hearing Test!

In Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Imagine, if you will, what happens in your mind during a conversation with another person. As they speak, your ears receive fine-grained sonic information and translate that information into electrical impulses. Those electrical impulses, in turn, are transmitted to the brain where they can be analyzed, categorized, and synthesized into units of thought: words, phrases, sentences, and complex meanings. What …

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A Campaign to Make Listening Safe for All

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

When you think about public health concerns, your mind might immediately go to communicable diseases. Particularly as we learn about COVID-19, we have become aware of the ways that viruses, bacterial infections, and other diseases spread through large groups of people.  Other important public health concerns include risks of injuries and access to healthy drinking water. The Gates Foundation has …