Coming to grips with your hearing loss; How to achieve your best hearing experience

dr-ross-oct-2016Twenty years ago my hearing loss was already in the moderate-to-severe range. I used hearing aids but I still struggled to hear. That’s when my friend Beth, a social worker in a school specializing in hearing loss, mentioned that there were tools and organizations that could help me navigate my hearing loss with greater ease. But since I wanted as little to do with my hearing loss as possible, my reaction was to ignore her suggestion.

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Travels with Hearing Loss: Auditory Fatigue

img_5373By the time you read this, I’ll be back home from an epic road trip I took driving from Anchorage, AK to Madison, NJ with Cobb, the wonder hearing service dog! A trip like that is always filled with experiences and adventures and believe me, I had my fair share of them. What I didn’t anticipate was learning something about my hearing that I knew intuitively but not consciously.

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Travels with Hearing Loss: Japan II

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Yukio Sato

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Zennancho, the Japanese equivalent of the Hearing Loss Association of America, was already familiar with the Hearing Loss Revolution and its Nine Guiding Principles. So when they found out that I was coming to Japan, they asked me to give a presentation on it. I was delighted but wondered how I’d manage to get my ideas across to an audience of native Japanese speakers who don’t hear well.Continue reading

Travels with Hearing Loss: Japan

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Roger and his daughter Sena

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Sensoji Buddhist temple in Asakusa area of Tokyo.

Recently, I took a three-week trip to Japan to visit my nephew, his Japanese wife and their two children. I figured this trip would offer another set of hearing-loss adventures, like the ones I experienced during my trip to Alaska in the summer of 2015, when I camped out in the wilderness accompanied only by my dog. (See blog on my trip  here and here and here.)

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Deaf Gain

Is a cup half empty or half full? If a cup has no liquid in it, is it empty or is it just filled with something else – usually air? Could we apply this to hearing loss?

Because our hearing ability deviates from the average population, does that necessarily mean that it should only be defined as a loss? Could we also acknowledge the positives that we’ve gained because we can’t hear in the average range?

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Engine Trouble for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always a challenge for people with hearing loss, and in my case, I knew I was in for it. There would be at least 25 people there, including siblings, teenagers, toddlers, nieces and nephews from near and far, and at least one 8-week-old infant.

I anticipated a noisy, challenging situation that would be the dictionary definition of “difficult to hear.” So I laid out my hearing technology strategy:

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