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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 1w ago

Sunday is Mother’s Day. I miss my mom. But I especially miss all the things I didn’t hear her say. In her 80s, my mother’s mind and body succumbed to aging. She developed dementia, she had frequent falls and she often needed a wheelchair. But her hearing remained acute. Mine did not. After my father …
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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 2w ago

Theatre is one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment, but in recent years I’d stopped going. My hearing loss was too big a barrier to enjoyment. Now, thanks to technology, I once again have access to theatre, and I’m loving it, On Easter Sunday afternoon my husband and I went to see The Ferryman, …

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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 3w ago

Ten years ago when my hearing dropped suddenly and severely, I despaired of ever living a hearing life again. Despite a cochlear implant and a sophisticated hearing aid, that despair seemed justified. I could hear, but I could not function in a hearing world Some terrible times are burned into my memory. Taking my daughter …
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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 1M ago

The Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the Hearing Loss Association of America (#HLAA) and the Ida Institute, an independent non-profit organization that promotes hearing health, has established an online forum where you can find support, answers to specific questions, share experiences and even gripe if you feel like it. The forum is monitored by Mayo Clinic staff as …
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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 2M ago

Earlier this month, marking World Hearing Day, the the prestigious medical journal The Lancet announced the formation of a commission to study the impact of hearing loss across the globe.  Worldwide, more than 1.3 billion people have hearing loss and more than half a billion have disabling hearing loss. We usually think of hearing loss …
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We all have questions about our hearing, our hearing aids, and our life with hearing loss. How can we enhance our hearing experience? How do we deal with hearing related issues like tinnitus and vertigo? How does hearing loss affect cognitive health? Sometimes these issues may be addressed at HLAA chapter meetings, or through informal …
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Last week I went to a panel discussion organized by the New York Museum Access Consortium. There were four panelists representing different disabilities and a moderator from MAC. The audience was made up mostly of people from disability rights organizations and museum personnel. The evening’s topic was “Mindful Communication.” Avoiding hurtful or offensive language when …
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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 4M ago

Whether or not you are open about your hearing loss, there often comes a point at which you just can’t try to listen anymore. I’m very open about my hearing loss. At this point, in fact, my hearing loss practically defines me, since I write and speak about it. The other night at a dinner …
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Katherine Bouton by Katherine Bouton - 5M ago

What’s an HOH? The acronym (pronounced ‘ho’) stands for Head of Household, House of Hades, Head Over Heels …. And Hard of Hearing. This highly subjective list is for your favorite HOH, last definition. The books are some of my favorites, personal endorsements. The technology is randomly chosen. You may find a better or cheaper …
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December 3rd (that’s today) is National Disability Day, a United Nations recognized event also known worldwide as the International Day of People with Disability. National Disability Day promotes education about the needs of people with disabilities as well as compassion and understanding of the challenges they face. Some disabilities are visible at a glance. People …
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