When the topic of assistive listening devices arises, the lowly telecoil hardly enters into the discussion. Yet the ordinary telecoil (the "T"coil) is perhaps the most common and most underestimated assistive listening device available for hearing-impaired individuals today. They are inexpensive, simple to operate (if one knows how), and can be incorporated in body worn, … [Read more...] about TELECOIL AND TELEPHONES
Much has been written about classroom sound-field amplification systems since they were first introduced about twenty years ago. As their potential contribution to children in classrooms becomes increasingly clear, there now appears to be a developing professional consensus regarding their efficacy. Indeed, those professionals who use and/or evaluate classroom sound-field … [Read more...] about Classroom Sound-Field Systems
This article first appeared in Hearing Loss (Jan/Feb 2005) It's undeniable that the price of hearing aids is often a source of contention between consumers and their hearing aid providers. Nobody likes to be told that they're going to have to lay out six or more thousand dollars for anything. But there are also some points that I think we can all agree on. Perhaps, it would be … [Read more...] about Why do Hearing Aids Cost So Much?
I've worn hearing aids for over 45 years and I've been an Audiologist almost as long. I've worked with hard of hearing and deaf people and their families for my entire career and you would think that I would have a good understanding of the feelings and experiences of people who are deaf, particularly late deafened people. Well, I thought I did; certainly I felt that in my work … [Read more...] about My “Near Deaf” Experience
introduction In the U.S. today, a person can purchase hearing aids from two types of dispensers: Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists (formally known as hearing aid dealers). Both groups are licensed to dispense hearing aids, but come to this activity based on significantly different paths of formal education and training. There is no information that indicates … [Read more...] about Hearing Aid Services and Satisfaction: The Consumer Viewpoint