News, Information and Ideas on how to deal with hearing loss in a hearing world. Plus a few other topics!
Our family has spent the past couple of months helping out one of our kids on her first journey into home ownership. Brian and I last did this 18 years ago when we bought our last house in Wisconsin. Not realizing how complicated this whole process has gotten, we quickly went from thinking that we knew all there was to know about the scenaro to spending quite a bit of time doing lots of research. Things have definitely changed!
For those of us that have hearing loss, we all know the communication complications we encounter when we are in noisy, public places. While we can complain, I have found that it's always a better idea to try and figure out a way to be ready for these situations.
Having a grand-daughter that lives over 1600 miles away is hard. While we see her about every 3 months, we know that we are missing out on a lot of things. Being the 'Oma' (German for grandmother) that doesn't hear very well adds another twist to it.
One of the perks of my job is that I get to spend a lot of time observing people, places and things. Having a hearing loss tends to enhance a persons’ visual sense. We all know that when one of your senses isn’t quite up to par, the other four try and compensate for it. I’ve always been good at observing. It’s one of the ways that I control my hearing environment and figure out what tools I’m going to need to use (lip reading, FM system, ect.) in order to remain a part of the vocal world.
If you are a resident of South Dakota and have a hearing loss, congratulations! South Dakota is one of the few States here in the U.S. that actually take a proactive approach to getting hearing aids to those that need them. No, this is not a federal or state government program and they are not fully supported by tax dollars. This is a group of people that just plain care!
I've been getting a recurring question lately from quite a few people. How is a relationship impacted when a person who has a hearing loss gets a hearing aid or cochlear implant? It's a good question from the perspective of those that live with someone that has hearing loss.
Imagine having to find an extended care facility, medical facility or even a rehabilitation facility for a loved one? You are dealing with finances, emotions and the knowledge that their care is now beyond your capabilities. Now, add in the possibility of your loved one being rejected or unable to access the communication tools necessary to interact with these professionals. Here are just a few of the latest complaints that have now been resolved at the Federal level.
Thanks go out to Alice Sykora for sending me the following. This is a great way for Kentucky Residents who are D/HOH to communicate with others dealing with the same issues. While every State has their own office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Wisconsins' is affiliated with/part of the Department of Health Services in Madison), but as far as I know none of them have a Vlog on their website for the public to use. So, check it out!
For those of you that are still trying to find out more information on what this surgery entails, this may be of some help.
Found this via one of the news sites. For those of you that are concerned about the loss of the 'cheap labor' that has been touted as one of the benefits of letting anyone illegal stay in the U.S., here's a California teachers' point of view on just how cheap this labor really is.
Spring has sprung! The bulbs are blooming, birds singing and we are approaching another season that we all look forward to here in Wisconsin.
The Better Hearing Institute is looking for stories on Hearing Loss. If you know of someone that would like to submit their story for publication on their website, here's the link: http://www.betterhearing.org/aural_education_and_counseling/hearing_loss_success_stories/index.cfm
This is the topic for the open chat night on Wednesday, March 31st.
* UPDATE 12:00pm 3/25/2010
How many of you have taken a vacation to a beach? Have you ever wondered what happens when a tropical storm or hurricane comes through the area? How do the local authorities keep ahead of mother nature?
Here's a story on how 2 sisters are tackling this challenge.
Believe it or not, I hear stories about this happening all of the time. Not trying to single out Olstens', but there are a lot of non-lawsuit threatening excuses given for not hiring someone that is D/HOH/Blind. It's too bad this is still happening since there are a lot of people with this 'disability' that would be very good employees to have. Not to mention the fact that I still have not found any proof that those of us that are D/HOH/Blind have a lower intelligence/capability level compared to others that can see and hear.
We spent Saturday night with my husbands' fantasy football team members having our annual get-together. As we were all having dinner and talking about what we had all been up to in our lives, the discussion topic changed to the current state of affairs in our lives and country when it comes to the current financial mess.
For those of you that already know Senthil (he's from Waukesha, WI), he also has a hearing loss blog that will keep you updated on not only what he is doing and experiencing, but also what is coming up on his online open chat nights. They are held every Wednesday.
For those of you that own a house, did you ever have one of those days when things just kept breaking? Well, today was my turn.
For those of you out there that are into solving things, this is right up your alley. Back in October, a man named, Scott Rothstein was finally caught in the midst of his ponzi scheme down in Florida. So far, we are talking over a billion dollars.
There are over 20 venues now looped in the Fox Valley area. Why? Mainly because of Juliette Sterkens, an audiologist up there. She and her husband have taken on this task and spend their non-working hours promoting and helping with the installation of loop systems. So, what is SouthEastern Wisconsins' excuse? And, where are all of the other audiologists? Here's the article from the OshKosh Paper this week.
If you don't know about the AARP and the millions of dollars that they get via their side company, AARP Financial, you would be wise to check it out before sending your money in for a membership. I received an email via HLAA's National office in Bethesday, MD yesterday and guess what one of the articles is going to be about in their Nov./Dec. 2009 Hearing Loss Magazine?
Margaret is 94 years old and a member of our Hearing Loss group out here in Wales. In a lot of ways, she is younger at heart than the rest of us are. Our group ranges in age from 29 to 94.
This coming Sunday (10-18 8/7c) ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition will air the story of a recent simultaneous Nucleus Freedom (two cochlear implants) recipient. The story includes how this recipient lost and then regained his hearing with two cochlear implants. This is quite a story and one you will not want to miss. Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, and social network sites (facebook, forums, etc).
In addition, this show is a must see for those that have significant hearing loss. Join the estimated 12 million+ people who watch this show weekly to see this amazing story that will air this Sunday evening on your local ABC station.
Marshall Family The Texas home of a former SWAT team leader and his wife, a homicide detective, is rebuilt to solve rampant structural and accessibility issues.
For those of you with children in your life that either have hearing aids/cochlear implants or will be getting them, here's an interesting idea for you.
Happened to find this blog/website today. And yes, I got permission from the 'owner' to post a link to it.
As you all know, up here in Wisconsin, come September, the lovely wildlife tend to seek warmer havens. In other words, the mice show up!
Even if you are not religious, I would think that this would still get your blood pressure up. How on earth can the Catholic Church still dictate/instruct their members as to what is good and what is bad when some of the very people that were doing the instructing were breaking the moral/ethical code that they were preaching to be wrong? How many more predators are still out there and have access to children? How much more money will the Church have to pay out as more lawsuits are filed?
After spending over 25 years raising kids and pinching pennies, the last couple of years have been spent figuring out what it is that I like to do in my free time. You've all heard the stories of the displaced moms/houswives wondering what the heck to do when the kids are either all gone or off to college. Well, I guess that I'd fit in that demographic.
Tonight! Just follow the instructions below if you are interested in participating!;
Reminder: Open Chat Night
Tomorrow night (Wednesday @ 7:00pm ET), join others in the hearing loss community for live chat online. This event will be a great way to meet others in our community. It's free and should be a great time!
Chat room link: (http://www.
Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.
See you there!
My blog: www.outerchat.com Message Board: www.outerdialog.com
Found some interesting articles on hearing loss for July. The link is below!
For those of you that enjoy the online publication, ezine, this same company has now started a new online resource. The link is: http://www.clercscar.com/
Think about the physical activity that a child does! For those of you that have children that wear glasses, think of all of the times that you are spending looking for them or worrying about when they are running, jumping, climbing, ect.
Every once in a while, you hear about someone that irregardless of their disability goes on to do some pretty neat things. I recently learned of just such a person. His name was Paul Smith. He passed away in 2007, but there is now a foundation named for him to preserve his works. And, he's an artist. Here's the link to more information.
For those of you looking for some unique products pertaining to the D/HOH world, please check Wayne and Ann Wicklunds' website out. Below is a little information on this rather 'busy' couple. The link to their website is: http://www.hearingimpaired.net/welcome.html
For those of you out there looking for some additional information and/or support, here's a really neat website that offers both! They average 850,000 visitors a month and have all of the latest news and information on a lot of topics including living with hearing loss. The link below will take you to the Hearing Loss/Deafness area of the website. There is no charge to become a member and you can 'post' your stories, questions and advice on hearing loss.
As many of you know, it's very hard to find personal stories on living with Tinnitus. I've found a website based in the UK that has quite a few of them. The link is below.
All names and towns have been changed to further protect the identity of the person that has graciously given me permission to tell their story to all of you. Thanks to all that have sent me their stories. I will continue to edit and post them as time allows.