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Fri, Jan 17 6:25pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@katyrae83 This is interesting. I hope you can find an ENT or Otologist that can get to the bottom of your daughter's problem. I do not have knowledge on her condition but have to question the effectiveness of a cochlear implant, especially if the problem is neurological. Please keep us updated on her treatment.
Tony in Michigan

Fri, Jan 17 6:16pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@mari There are a lot of ways to advocate. To advocate for ourselves, request Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) when you go to a venue. If the venue has something, use it and thank them for it. If they do not have HAT, offer suggestions on what is available and where they can "hear" it in action. Another thing would be to share your experiences. For a person that is new to hearing loss, there is so much to learn. To help on a larger scale, attend your state legislators coffees or town halls, if they have them. Even if they don't do outreach, contact them with the issues that affect you, as a person with hearing loss. If you get more personal with them, they may even contact you when a bill comes up that relates to hearing loss. The more you get involved with the players in the hearing loss world, the easier it is to try to stay on top of what's happening. I suggest you join Hearing Loss Association of America (www.hearingloss.org). That organization approaches Congress and are only as strong as the number of its members. They are more effective if they can say they represent ALL the 48 million in this country with hearing loss but they can only say they represent the numbers that are their members.
I'm sure there are other ways to advocate so others may chime in with some good ideas.
Tony in Michigan

Fri, Jan 17 6:01am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@jk Hearing aids are labelled medical devices, yet they are not covered by most insurances. We are making progress but it has taken too long. We need more people involved in advocating for hearing loss.
Tony in Michigan

Thu, Jan 16 8:20pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@jk The Resounds have teleprogramming capability also. Some of the other "Big 5" manufacturers may offer it too, but I'd have to research.
Tony in Michigan

Thu, Jan 16 7:58pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@lisaschwichtenberg One thing to be aware of with the newer Signia's is that teleprogramming is possible. This is where you can request programming changes without having to go to the audiologist's office. Hopefully, you're audiologist is on board with this and explains it to you.
Tony in Michigan

Mon, Jan 13 1:19pm · Hospital hearing aid battery policy in Hearing Loss

Itecato, the answer is yes. I've read that some manufacturers say to wait one minute after removing the tab. However, a student determined that if you wait five minutes, you'll get a longer life. I didn't verify but you can read about it hear: https://kfor.com/2015/06/10/boys-science-fair-project-expected-to-save-hearing-aid-users-70-a-year/

Sun, Jan 12 3:03am · Hospital hearing aid battery policy in Hearing Loss

I do not think that a hospital should be required to provide hearing aid batteries. They would have to maintain a supply of all 4 sizes of batteries that may never get used before they expire. The same reasoning could be applied to those with rechargeable hearing aids. Now, the hospital would have to have rechargeable bases for every type and manufacturer of hearing aids. This is not practical. It should be the patient's responsibility for bringing their own batteries/recharger.
Tony in Michigan

Sun, Jan 5 8:39am · Hard of Hearing and Going to the Movies: How do you deal with it? in Hearing Loss

arrowshooter, I know it's a long shot, but if you can band enough support, the theaters can get open captioned movies so that everyone sees captions without an auxiliary device. In Michigan, there are quite a few d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) groups that have Facebook pages. I sometimes see posts regarding open captioned movies. We try to get support for those movies since the theaters do go out of norm to get these films.
Tony in Michigan