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Mon, Mar 30 7:45pm · Single-sided deafness: How does if affect speech recognition? in Hearing Loss

I agree with Julie – I worked with my hearing loss right up until I retired. I had applied for SS Disability when the last job fired me for multiple reasons. By that time, I was eligible for regular Social Security. Every job I worked for – I was given the minimum accommodations through vocational rehab. It was difficult but I worked as a nurse in the insurance industry. I also helped to advocate, educate and provide information during those years as the technology slowly improved for myself as well as for others. This is the time to continue to do that since you all have much more than Julie or I had 10, 20 years ago. I wish I had what I have now when I was working then – it would have made things so much easier then and my brain wouldn't have been so over worked as it was then… You have many tools available now, a voice that can speak up, and many Hearing Loss organizations advocating for you. Join them and be a part of this exciting journey because this is real and it's including you and me right now.

Mon, Feb 24 6:32pm · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

LIKE JUDY MARTIN says….Use you t-coils in your devices always. And if you don't know if you have them – then as Dr Juliette Sterkens, our National HLAA Hearing aid/Hearing Loop Advocate says – ask your audiologist to turn them on. If they look at you with a blank stare…just stay quiet and watch them until they say something to you. They will either say YOU do not have t-coils in them or that she/he didn't order them with the t-coil in them because they figured you didn't need them. Not a good thing for you. They made a judgement call on your behalf which was NOT A GOOD THING. In this case, they need to rectify the problem and correct it for you. You always need t-coils and they will need to give you hearing aids with coils in them so you can HEAR ON YOUR CELL PHONES which is one of the purposes of the coils. Of course there are some aids that are too small (in the ear) to have coils in them – so that is where the assistive listening devices are used to complement the hearing aids. Check with your hearing aid dispenser to see where you can get the best hearing aid for you money's worth today and make sure the Certified AuD tells you all about the t-coil.

Wed, Feb 12 8:52am · What do you do when someone is in denial about their hearing loss? in Hearing Loss

Now that I am in FL – I will add to this same stream. I am VERY busy with educating this population about hearing loss. I thought I could retire and enjoy my life down here once I moved here 10 months ago but that was not the case. We live in one of the 11 Del Webb Elderly communities called Sun City Centers where you qualify to live if you are 55 and older. Almost everyone here has some degree of hearing loss and almost everyone denies it in one form or another. It is astounding.
We have a HLAA Chapter here and very few of the 44,000 people attend the meetings. Only those who are in trouble will come out of curiosity to find answers to their questions about their instruments and hearing loss. Questions about spouses not paying attention or helping with their hearing loss or even acknowledging the loss playing in the anguish that seems to permeate the couples and individuals around this non-incorporated township.
I am learning as I become involved and am a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ambassador program and work with the Mens Club, various other Clubs in SCC as well as the HOA where we live. I represent HLAA and constantly speak about it and hand out promo for the chapter and my business card. It is facinating that I don't need to say much anywhere and I received stories from everyone I meet.
I have begun to have speaking engagements now for groups wondering who we are and what they need to do to help them hear well. I have a PP and handouts for our Chapter. Dr Juliette Sterkens is here today to speak about hearing loss, hearing aids and Hearing Loops. We have only 15 loops in SCC but I have said we need more.
Our long term goal in SCC for construction since we are almost 50 years old is to build more building and because I have spoken up about being the most looped town in America, they have included looping in all of the new buildings for the future.
Speaking up – stepping up to the plate makes a difference. Listening and validating what they are saying also makes a difference. We also have a large population of Veterans. I will be addressing them as well after introducing them to the First Free Year with joining our HLAA organization. I will be speaking to them on the horizon.
Funding has been coming out of my own pocketbook but as the value has begun to be shown to the community – they are seeing the benefit and beginning to offer stipends and sponsorships to our Chapter that will help us in the long run. I have a group of people who have been helping me along the way as they also learn about what HLAA can do for them as well as for our community.
Its exciting and interesting to see what this community can do…but it will be a slow process. One step at a time. That's all for now.
BTW…the doll is a great start – we should encourage other manufacturers to offer all of the disabilities as well. ANYTHING is better than nothing.
Eloise in Sun City Center, FL

Oct 2, 2019 · Strategies for Dining Out with Hearing Loss, PTSD, TBI, Autism, Alz in Hearing Loss

The Purple Table reservation would be a great website to utilize however it is not available nationwide. https://purpletables.us/listing/locations If you want your favorite restaurant to join – have them be a part of it and showcase their place on it so other hard of hearing/deaf people can join you in their place. This way they understand that you enjoy their place when working to have them accommodate your/our hearing loss needs. This gives them a sign of approval that they are found on this special website and is passed on by word of mouth to others. Its like a 'TripAdvisor award' for them that others find and utilize across the United States. It also helps us if we travel outside our comfort zone and want to know where there are places that help us eat and hear well. Let's get this special website moving from one state to all states….it will do us all something good.

Oct 1, 2019 · Sudden hearing loss and an echo in Hearing Loss

I have heard/read that suspicions are that viruses get in the auditory nervous system and can do havoc on this area in the most in-opportunistic time. When you least expect it the virus strikes the nerves and sets up it's nest in the area. Since antibiotics don't touch the viruses – they lay low and sit and wait out the storm. Early treatment with steroids may or may not help "treat" the offending bug since it depends on the type of virus that attacked the nerves. Association with the sinuses in the area, teeth being worked on and any area harboring associated "bugs" including viruses – these can all travel in the the around your ears, nose, throat, mouth, and brain – they are all in the area of your face. Remember when they talked about having your teeth cleaned and you swallowed during that procedure – you are swallowing what is located in your mouth which is lots of bugs including viruses and bacteria. This can circulate in your gut and if you have a good immune system be – gotten rid of. However, if not, the bugs can make you sick and could give you heart disease – particularly valvular disease. It pays to have a healthy gut to keep things in check. As well as a healthy mouth.

Sep 9, 2019 · Vision Therapy helping anyone? in Eye Conditions

Therapy for vision, balance and walking all help with your daily activities. I have had all three and then some over the years. I also am of the mind that a good wholesome diet helps the body as does a good nights sleep. Walking or some sort of activity, even though it may seem 'dangerous' with the vertigo and balance disorder, still is needed to keep the body moving. We are not meant to sit or lie down all day. We need to move in one way or another. Movement if the key word here. We use our senses to negotiate our day/night. Our eyes help us navigate our way just as our ears help us hear and navigate our way around us and more. The nerves in our ears / brain do so much more in keeping us upright and moving. Our kidneys work in tandem with the electrolytes to keep our balance correct and our brains functioning as well as our gut working correctly. That's not the only organ working full time.
Water (H20) is the basis of all of this and when we don't have enough – trouble comes baring down on us. Our bodies need to have enough liquid in it to work proportionately right. If there is not enough, the liquids are squeezed out of one place and moved to another to have what the organs need. This is why we have muscle cramps and headaches. Activities, exercising and moving is done all day long….either actively or passively, at your desk, at the counter top in the Kitchen, in your bed, in the bathroom, in the swimming pool, anywhere you find yourself. Move your eyes, your shoulders, your hips, your head, hold onto the door handle, take a minute or two to stretch. move your eyes up and down and around. Have any bands around? Good – use them when you get out of bed in the morning for a number of stretches… to loosen up. Less aches and pains perhaps through out the day or they may not be noticed because you are incorporating these instant activities in your daily walk in life… Just a thought.

Sep 9, 2019 · Hearing loss: What do event planners need to know? in Hearing Loss

Check to see if you state has the '711' coverage – which is the amplified telephones. This is a federal law that covers telephones for the hard of hearing people. Each state has some type of program that covers these phones. Additionally, there are states that also cover the captioning phones that are provided through service providers and are provided free to people who qualify by their audiograms/audiologist testing. Check your state's office for deaf/hard of hearing or Office of health services for detail on what is available for you in your state. If there are limitations on the types of accessibility or accommodations that could/should be available for you, then this is the time to bring it to your State/Federal Representatives attention. Check the states that have these available for their constituents like in New Mexico, New York and WI…. and many other states. Check the HLAA website for directions on how you can advocate for yourself in requesting this and other great information for those with hearing loss. https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/financial-assistance/state-telephone-programs/

Sep 4, 2019 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Right on…eating clean and natural is the right way to go. I have turned around my life with the Lord's blessing and grace after so many lives that could have ended along the way…that I can only say this is the way to go. It takes time and patience but internally, the changes are remarkable. I was lead to read about the Medical Medium – Life Changing Foods written by Anthony Williams and his simple methods that can change your lives. I have been slowly adapting my life around his ideas of what I can do to rid my body of all of the toxins I have accumulated over my lifetime that have caused so many of my illnesses and diseases. Surprisingly, I have fewer distresses and aches than I have previously but I will never rid of them all. However, I am much happier than I was three years ago. I can be functional and live life to the full which speaks volumes. Check it out today. He has many books to help you out.