Do You Dread Going to the Doctor?
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
1y ago
Do you dread going to the doctor? Do you worry that the office won’t be able to accommodate your communication needs, that staff may be impatient, that you may get sub-standard service, or that you may leave with no idea what was said and what you’re supposed to do next? It turns out you may ..read more
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Do You Know What Caused Your Hearing Loss?
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
1y ago
I lost the hearing in my left ear suddenly, when I was 30. One morning, working at home, I picked up the phone to answer a call and couldn’t hear anything. I switched ears. The right ear was fine, and I talked to whoever had called. When I hung up from that call, I called ..read more
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At Long Last, OTC Hearing Aids. How Do You Choose?
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
1y ago
I’ve already written a lot about OTC aids, including What Do Over the Counter Hearing Aids Mean for You? and Over the Counter Hearing Aids: Coming Soon to a Store Near You. So I don’t have a lot new to say today, as OTC aids finally go on sale at pharmacies, Walmart, Best Buy and ..read more
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Summer Blahs. Hello September!
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
1y ago
I’ve been in a summer slump – too hot, too wet. But starting this weekend I’ll be gearing up for an active fall. Sunday is the New York City Walk4Hearing. This event is educational, supportive, and it is HLAA’s principle fundraiser. As president of the NYC chapter, I’m a member of the chapter’s WalkNewYork team ..read more
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A Simple Fix for Better Hearing
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
Want to know a simple trick for better hearing? Pay attention. This isn’t as much of a no-brainer as it sounds. It’s very easy to let your mind wander when someone else is speaking. Maybe you’re distracted by something in your peripheral vision, maybe you’re thinking about what you’re going to say in reply, maybe ..read more
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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: Soon to be in a store near you.
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
The FDA today announced its regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids, five years after Congress passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Trump. The regulations specify that these aids — which can be purchased at pharmacies, electronics stores like Best Buy, big-box stores or online — are for ..read more
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The Emotional Side of Hearing Loss
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
When I wrote Shouting Won’t Help (2013), a memoir of losing my hearing, I went into full confessional mode. I wrote about my struggles with anxiety and isolation and depression as my hearing loss worsened.  I wrote about denial, anger, grief, about drinking too much and seeing a therapist, about losing my job. I also wrote about ..read more
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A Dynamic, Diverse Convention. Thanks HLAA.
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
Last week, June 23-25, HLAA held its first in-person national Convention since June 2019. I had forgotten how great it is to see old friends and meet new people with hearing loss. The presentations were excellent, and attendance seemed impressive. The convention was held in Tampa, Fla, at a nice Marriott by the waterfront. I ..read more
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Political Activism with Hearing Loss
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
A friend asked me recently if I had any suggestions for how she could remain politically active with her rapidly deteriorating hearing. She was worried that her hearing loss would rule out political activism.  There are some ways of volunteering that hearing loss might affect, but there are lots of others that don’t involve hearing ..read more
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Want to Hear Better? Read These Books.
Katherine Bouton
by Katherine Bouton
2y ago
Books are no substitute for a good audiologist, but they can be very helpful in learning how to live your best with hearing loss. In “Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss,” two seasoned writers on the topic of hearing loss have joined forces to tell us everything they know. This makes for a ..read more
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