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2 days ago · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

T-coil, t-coil, t-coil ! I second Tony's motion that you should ask for a t-coil in your hearing aid. I've been using hearing aids for well over fifty years. Mostly they were Oticon, but the most important aspect is that they ALL had telecoils. They helped me in business and at home for using the telephone. Now they help me at church which has an FM system so I hear the sermon and the announcements while I sit way in the back when I'm an Usher and behind the pulpit when I'm a Eucharistic Minister. If you are in a theater, or church, or store which has a hearing loop, just flip on your t-coil and you are good to go. I also have a cochlear implant (with t-coil, of course) so my hearing in any case went from 35-40 percent speech discrimination to 90-95 percent. Loud coffee hours and noisy restaurants are still a problem, but you can't have everything. As a hearing loss advocate, I cannot speak highly enough of the t-coil. (And it's been the law in Florida for your audi or specialist to advise of this tiny miracle since 1993; I've been told that many break this law by keeping quiet about it.)

Jul 11, 2019 · HLAA Convention 2019 - Who's going? in Hearing Loss

Having been a hearing loss advocate courtesy of HLAA since 2006, I can't say I learned anything entirely new, but there were many variations on subjects which were thought-provoking. Two things that intrigued me was how captioning has spread through new technology which can only be an enormous boon for those in conversations, at meetings, and other areas where understanding speech is important. The other topic, was of course, genetics. While I knew about the connection, it was positively moving to see how genetics affected one family through generations as well as to hear the story of a young woman tracing her loss back to a very small group of people. DNA is a very big subject these days and HLAA hit the right spot in presenting it to those in attendance.

Jul 10, 2019 · HLAA Convention 2019 - Who's going? in Hearing Loss

As usual, it was a wonderful time for learning new information through the exhibit hall and presentations, catching up with old friends, and enjoying a new city. Every year the HLAA staff outdoes itself in trying to bring new, old, unusual and the tried and true. We can't thank them enough and won't mention anyone individually as it's group effort. We love them for it. (In the photo, Four Friends From Florida.)

Mar 10, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@davekoh You sound like you're ready for a cochlear implant. My loss was severe to profound (in other words, off the chart). My speech discrimination went from 40% to 90-95%. Such a miracle. I use a hearing aid in my other ear. Medicare pays for most of it and if you have a supplement, you're all in. You will find it to be one of the best things you've done in your life.

Mar 7, 2019 · High frequency hearing test: What hearing aids are best? in Hearing Loss

@golden418 I belong to the Hearing Loss Association of America, and if you would go to their website, hearing loss.org, you will find many resources for your spouse to read.

Feb 28, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Thanks, @cjspizz. As one of the moderators on the HLAA Message Board, I was asked to post information regarding this Forum. I'm interested in seeing how many come here because the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Feb 27, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@cjspizz That's great that you are going to an HLAA chapter. Beside having a cochlear implant I founded a chapter in my city, and have immense satisfaction in helping others like you and me. What a joy to be in a group and understand everyone because of CART (captioning) and everyone being in the same boat, so to speak. I do much better now with the CI in group situations, but not always. For instance, at church coffee hour, it's almost impossible sometimes to hear and understand conversation. Sometimes, if it's important, I ask the people to join me out in the hall where it's more quiet. We will never hear perfectly (and you'd be surprised how many do not hear well since one out of five has some degree of loss), but the best way is to try to come up with a solution so we can. Most important, don't try to hide your loss. Your puzzled looks or incorrect responses will always give you away. Just curious how you ended up in this forum.