My Hearing-Loss Journey
My hearing-loss journey began as a child, watching my father struggle with the stigma of his hearing loss.
His hearing loss developed in early adulthood, an unwanted nuisance he inherited from his mother. I vaguely remember him wearing one hearing aid, and then two, and proceeding to grow his sideburns long over his ears to hide the evidence. This looked okay in the 1970s, but his sideburns stayed long his entire life, even as fashions changed.
Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care (PCC), Hearing Loss, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices
“Hello, my name is Lois Lane and I’m from the Daily Planet News. We are running a story about hearing loss in superheroes and I would like to interview you. Please return my call as soon as possible.”
You listen to the voice mail message, thrilled that the newspaper has contacted you with an opportunity to promote audiology and hearing health care, yet it has been some time since you reviewed the literature relative to kryptonite ototoxicity and barotraumas. What can an audiologist do to assure a successful interview?
Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Hearing Health Care, Hearing Loss, public relations
Every audiologist, regardless of his or her patient population, has faced telling parents their child has hearing loss. It may become easier to break the news with practice, but have you ever stopped to think about what might be racing through their minds?
Topic(s): Pediatric, Psychology, mental health, Hearing Loss, depression