Photo credit: Michael Burrows by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in the Chattanooga Pulse emphasizes the fact that earbud use can cause noise-induced hearing loss. To those of us who follow--and sometimes contribute to--the literature on personal audio system use causing noise-induced hearing loss, this is nothing new. Unfortunately, it still
Photo credit: Mike Mozart licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition CNN reports that Mattel’s Barbie division unveiled its first-ever doll with hearing aids. As Mattel’s Global Head of Barbie Dolls Lisa McKnight said, the dolls will help children see themselves reflected. Other dolls to come include a Ken doll
Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This poignant piece on Slate by author Ariel Henley describes how she couldn’t afford hearing aids until she got a lucrative book deal. Henley suffers from a rare genetic condition, Crouzon syndrome, which causes facial deformities that in her case required
Photo credit: SoulRider.222 licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist When it comes to people getting hearing aids or not, a recent viewpoint article in JAMA Otolaryngology identifies that cost is not the only barrier. While lower prices or low cost options mean more people can afford hearing aids, it doesn’t mean
Photo courtesy of Bose by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Fierce Technology reports on Bose’s launch of its direct-to-consumer sound control hearing aid. This technically isn’t a hearing aid within the federal regulatory scheme, and appears to be placed, both in terms of price and technology, somewhere between traditional hearing aids and newer
Harvard Medical School looks at hearing and brain health in a blog post by Dr. James Maple. David Sykes recommends it as a primer on the subject.
Caroline Masia writes about why American Girl's 2020 doll of the year, who wears hearing aids, is so special. Caroline, who was born deaf and has cochlear implants, says it’s important for kids who have hearing loss to see dolls that look like them.
Starting January, help comes to the hard of hearing at your local drug store as “hearing assistive devices” will be available for sale for only 1/10th the price of conventional hearing aids.