Do you know a child with hearing loss — perhaps someone like 10-year-old Hunter Martin? The Illinois boy is among the nearly 15% of U.S. children who have a hearing impairment. Fortunately, Hunter got the hearing help he needed. And now he’s become an advocate for other hearing-impaired children, even testifying before the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee in favor of a state law requiring health insurers to cover hearing aids for kids.
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Did you struggle to hear your family members at this year’s holiday gatherings? Have you found yourself saying ‘What?’ more than normal? Has your spouse repeatedly complained that the TV is too loud? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to get your hearing checked.
Have you made a new year’s resolution for 2019? Does it involve reducing stress, staying better connected with family and friends, expanding your social network, learning a new skill or making more money? Then you may want to check to make sure your hearing is up to the challenge. Why's that?
Traveling this winter? It’s fun to “get away from it all.” However, travel comes with challenges — which are magnified with a hearing loss. You could miss a lot of vital information, from announcements at the train station or airport to conversation at busy restaurants. Following these four “be’s” can help you maximize your enjoyment and minimize your risks.
Hearing loss affects not only the person with the loss but also the loved one’s in their life. But there are ways to make it easier on everyone.
That wrapped gift looks innocent enough under the tree. But inside may be a toy so loud, it could harm a child’s hearing. For example, a sing along karaoke toy for kids can clock in at 95 decibels (dB) — similar to the sound generated by a power mower or motorcycle. At 95 dB, a child's hearing can be damaged in approximately 30 minutes.
‘Tis the season for fuzzy sweaters, hot cocoa, thick blankets, and…hearing protection? Whether you live in a cold climate, or you’re visiting family or friends for the holidays, chances are you’ll be experiencing the bitter sting of cool winter air at some point this season. You may know that a drop in temperatures can cause your body to shiver and your teeth to chatter, but did you know that it can also cause changes in your ears that lead to ringing in the ears, pain, dizziness, and even hearing loss? Learn more about the potential dangers to your hearing and how you can protect your hearing in cold weather.
It’s that time of year again. You know - when families gather and reconnect over a fabulous meal. Everyone’s excited to share stories and catch up on each other’s lives. But for some, this time of year brings on frustration and dread. But why would spending time with loved ones cause this reaction?
With more than 36 million Americans who have hearing loss, there’s a good chance that one or more of them will show up at your table this holiday season. For these individuals, normal conversation can be a big challenge — a challenge that’s compounded at holiday gatherings by multiple simultaneous conversations, clanging silverware, shrieking children and other competing sounds.