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Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

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

Do you have hearing loss? Many Americans wait on average five to seven years before seeking treatment for their hearing loss! Part of the reason for this is that those with hearing loss may not realize their hearing has deteriorated. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and you might not notice the day to day changes to your hearing …

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Friends & Family, Hearing Loss, Resource, Tips & Tricks by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss greatly impacts the way that we communicate in the world. We may find that what we used to be able to pick up during normal conversation becomes a challenge. Background noise may distort sounds and make it hard for you to be fully engaged. People with untreated hearing loss may feel heightened stress, frustration, and even anger. They …

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Why Pretending to Hear Doesn’t Help

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

Imagine you are out with a group of friends, and you strike up a conversation with someone new in the group. Initially the conversation starts well, and you are able to follow the basics like what their name is, where they’re from. More people enter the venue, the surrounding conversations get louder and louder, and the music starts thumping right …

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Communication Strategies with Hearing Loss

In Communication, Friends & Family, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

People tend to wait multiple years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek help from a professional. Because of this, most people with hearing loss have experienced multiple years of miscommunication and frustrating conversation with friends and family. Life doesn’t have to be this way for those with hearing loss. On top of …

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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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

Unfortunately, there is still a bit of unfounded stigma surrounding hearing loss and the use of hearing aids. This may be why the average American waits about 7 years from the time they notice changes in their hearing to the time they seek help. During that time, untreated hearing loss can cause some real damage to our mental cognition, our …