Never alone

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller.

The Never Alone Foundation is a Canadian registered charitable “grass roots” organization focused on making a difference to patients and caregivers battling cancer. The volunteer board of directors, executive director of the foundation and the dedicated team of volunteers all share one trait and one goal which is the passion to give back to the community and make a positive difference to those fighting cancer.

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Sony’s New Subtitle Glasses Help Hard of Hearing Moviegoers

The Hearing Professionals

I love going to the movies. I mean, who doesn’t? But if you’re hard of hearing or wear hearing aids, a trip to the movies can be frustrating. Not many theaters screen movies with closed captions, since most people without hearing problems would rather not see them. The only option is to wear an amplified headset (if the theater provides them) or to keep asking your friend, “What did he say?”sony-closed-caption-glasses

Fortunately, Sony is now outfitting certain theaters with its new Entertainment Access Glasses, which can display captions right in front of the wearer’s eyes that no one else can see.

The lightweight glasses are fitted with small projectors on each side that display green text as an overlay that seems to float in front of the big screen. That way, viewers can see a perfectly clear caption no matter how or where they sit in the theater. Users can…

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Why People Don’t Ask: The Case for Captioning!

CCAC Blog

Happy to announce publication of a new CCAC article today in THE HEARING JOURNAL – see http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/blog/breakingnews/pages/post.aspx?PostID=14

CCAC Flyer, International, For Distribution

Discussion welcome. The idea behind the short article is to encourage many more people to manage their own hearing loss in ways that work for them, and of course to offer suggestions about the reasons many of us (including the author at times) hesitate to ask for captioning and CART when we really need it.

If you want to use this article in your own blogs and newsletters, please email ccacaptioning@gmail.com to let us know.

We’ll also reference it on the CCAC website (http://ccacaptioning.org).

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about hearing aids.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of hearing aids are available today?
A: There are three basic types of hearing aids available today. They are described generically as completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-ear (ITE), and behind-the-ear (BTE). A new alternative is the disposable hearing aid. This type of unit fits in the ear canal and is discarded when the batteries wear out.
Q: How do consumers choose the right type of hearing aid?
A: The degree of hearing loss is a major factor in deciding what type of hearing aid best suits a person’s need. Personal preference and lifestyle are also factors that should be considered. Hearing Instrument Specialists® should guide hearing aid selection.
Q: How does a hearing aid work?
A: The microphone in the aid picks up the sound in the environment and changes it to electrical energy that goes to a set of amplifiers and other modifying and adjusting circuits. The modified electrical signal is then sent to a miniature speaker (called a receiver) and delivered to the ear. The newest aids are smart enough to amplify certain sounds or frequencies that are tailored to each hearing loss.
Q. What kind of research is taking place to improve hearing aids?
A. Engineers and scientists are designing components to deliver sound to the ear that replaces lost or distorted cues which contribute to the understanding of speech. Changes in directionality of microphones, the nature of the amplifier and fidelity of the sound in noise remain the main focus of most research.
Q. How do hearing aids perform with background noise?
A. Background noise is present in everyone’s life. Unconsciously, the brain filters out most background noise. During hearing loss, the brain becomes lazy in this process because all sounds are reduced or inaudible. When an individual begins using the hearing aid all sounds are once again heard and it is necessary to retrain the brain in selective listening skills. It is critical that the hearing aid consumer participate in follow-up and counseling sessions during this period of adjustment.
Q. Where can a consumer obtain a hearing aid?
A. Hearing aids can be purchased from several different sources including professional practices and retail establishments owned and/or operated by Hearing Instrument Specialists®; audiologists and some otologists; and otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat specialists (ENTs).
Q. How much do hearing aids cost?
A. The cost of hearing aids varies depending on the type of hearing aid, the number of special features and the professional services provided. As a result, the range of prices varies.
Q. Why does the price of a hearing aid vary by dispenser?
A. As with all competing industries, brisk competition among hearing aid dispensers provides consumers with a wide variety of pricing and service options.
Q. Are hearing aids covered under Medicare?
A. No.
Q. What are the federal consumer protection rules in place regarding the sale of hearing aids?
A. All hearing aid dispensers must adhere to comprehensive federal regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governing hearing aid sales practices and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) governing advertising. FDA rules require that a prospective purchaser be advised to obtain a medical evaluation of hearing loss within six months prior to obtaining a hearing aid. Once informed of appropriate FDA disclosures an adult customer may sign a waiver in lieu of a medical examination. A user instructional brochure containing all relevant information must be provided to prospective purchasers. The FDA points out that the services of the hearing instrument dispenser include testing of hearing for selecting and fitting hearing aids, motivating prospective users to try amplification, making impressions for earmolds, counseling hearing impaired persons on adapting to a hearing aid, and repairing damaged hearing aids. The dispenser is also required to advise a prospective client to consult a physician if it is determined that the individual has any of a variety of otologic conditions. Under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the FTC can take action against companies with faulty or deceptive advertising.
Q. What are hearing aid manufacturers doing to address the FDA’s concerns about advertising?
A. The FDA questioned whether some of the claims made in advertising by the manufacturers of hearing aids could be substantiated. The manufacturers believe they can be, and will compile the information needed. The FDA’s actions did not raise questions about the safety or value or hearing aids.
Q. Can consumers try a hearing aid before deciding to purchase one?
A. Most hearing aid dispensers offer and promote a trial rental or purchase option program, and prospective hearing aid purchasers should look for this assurance. Most trial periods are at least 30 days in length.
Q. Can consumers receive refunds if they choose not to keep the hearing aid?
A. Before completing the hearing aid purchase, the consumer should reach a definite agreement with the dispenser about the details of the transaction. Most hearing aid dispensers provide trial periods of at least 30 days in length. If the hearing aid is provided outside the dispenser’s place of business, there is a mandatory three-day cooling-off period. During this time, a refund is available to the consumer. Additionally, manufacturers provide a comprehensive one-year warranty; some even include: a) complete replacement if the instrument is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair; b) no charge for repairs due to mechanical failure of any type during the warranty period; c) replacement of the instrument if physical ear size changes; and d) adjustment of the acoustical performance of their instrument if the user’s hearing requirements change.
Q. Who can consumers contact with possible grievances?
A. If a disagreement should arise that cannot be resolved between the consumer and the hearing aid dispenser, the consumer should contact the hearing aid dispenser’s association in their state or province. Complaints also can be made to state consumer protection agencies and the Better Business Bureau. The Hearing Aid Helpline at 800-521-5247 is available to provide sources and contacts for filing complaints. If a dispute cannot be solved voluntarily, formal complaints should be made to the state licensing boards, which have the authority to initiate law enforcement actions.

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Restore Your Valued Sense with Invisible Hearing Aids Canada

Which do you prefer?

Hearing Aids Canada

A loss of one’s hearing sense, more or less severe, occurs not only with age, but also with disease. In many cases, the work environment also dictates such negative evolution, as it happens to musicians, to factory or construction workers and many more. No matter at what age you experience this, it is embarrassing to not be able to capture all sounds within the surrounding environment, from people addressing you to cars coming from behind and so on. The solution lies in electronic devices that clarify and amplify sounds. Would you wear these? What would it be like if no one could see them?

Made to Never Be Noticed

The invisible hearing aids Canada boasts with fantastic pieces of technology that wipe away the worries of having to wear a visible exterior hearing aid. These are tiny devices with high-speed processors and capability to deliver a clear sound while having…

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Active Listening

Hearing Elmo

In a recent PSY-215 (Psychology of Relationships) class, I went over some details in regards to communication. We were studying “active listening” and how it can benefit people when communicating.

Communication is more than being able to articulate your ideas and feelings. We have a responsibility to be the best communicators that we can. We owe it to ourselves to learn to write well, speak well, and convey our thoughts AND emotions in a positive way that will be well received. However, part of communication is on the receiving end. After all, if you are talking or writing and no one is there to listen, that isn’t really communication. According to Miller (2011), there are two important tasks as “receiver” in a conversation. “The first is to accurately understand what our partners are trying to say, and the second is to communicate that attention and comprehension to our partners so…

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Deaf Comic Will Make You Rethink Funny

What a great message 🙂

Lexington School for the Deaf

Intrigued by yesterday’s article, we decided to find out a little more about CJ’s famous comedy performances:

Some are blessed with ease when it comes to public speaking. They can enter a room and grab the attention of everyone. They can give a speech and have people falling out of their chairs with laughter. But what if you could do all of these things, just with your hands?

CJ Jones, an internationally known deaf entertainer, does just that. For over 25 years, CJ has been making audiences of all ages laugh through sign language, and HooplaHa – Life with a Smile is here to spotlight his story.

Check out the fabulously talented, CJ Jones:

Through his work, CJ hopes to remind people that ‘life is good.”

How do you remain positive when faced with life’s obstacles?

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Blasting the beats in public more harmful to yourself than it is annoying to others

Coffee Columnist

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Headphones and iPods are everywhere on college campuses, but many students may be unaware of the threat of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), the damage to a person’s hearing from repeated exposure to loud sounds over time.

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Second Mapping Appointment

Love to hear these kinds of stories about new things that people get to hear for the first time or for the first time in a long time 🙂

bettyhoven

I surprised myself today at Sunnybrook hospital during my second mapping appointment.   For those who don’t understand what “mapping” means, here’s a good explanation that I stole from another website:

“Reprogramming of the cochlear implant, or what is commonly called a “MAP”, refers to the setting of the electrical stimulation limits necessary for the cochlear implant user to perceive soft and comfortably loud sound. Normal acoustic hearing can process sounds within a 120dB range.  Normal speech ranges anywhere between 40 and 60dB. Cochlear implant recipients have a dynamic range of only 6-15dB in electrical current.  Therefore, in cochlear implant speech processors, a 120dB acoustic range must be compressed into an electric range of 6-15dB.  Due to the small electrical range that a cochlear implant is limited to, CI users are more sensitive to loudness changes.  These stimulation levels correspond to measurements known as Threshold and ComfortLevels. During the…

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