The Blood David’s eyes were focused on his friend walking beside him on the sidewalk. In order to “hear” the conversation, David looked right at his friend who spoke. The act of lip reading required David’s eyes to do the listening. Neither one of them saw the low-hanging tree limb until after it smacked … Continue reading
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The True Story of How Show Me Your Ears Began
The birth of Show Me Your Ears took place in my minivan. While sitting in the car outside my hearing aid provider’s office last year, I reeled with painful emotions. A hearing test revealed my deepest fear: I had lost more hearing. Worse yet, the hearing aids I wore were no longer powerful enough to … Continue reading
Is A Cure for Hearing Loss Possible? An Interview with the Hearing Health Foundation
When the Hearing Health Foundation approached Lipreading Mom about doing a story about curing hearing loss, I admit I was skeptical. Is a cure really possible? And if it is, would it benefit those who have embraced their deafness? I have many friends who haven’t been able to hear all their lives, and they lead … Continue reading
Do Hearing Aids Help in Noisy Places? An Interview with Phonak
Do you struggle to hear in lots of noise? Lipreading Mom has a confession to make: I do. Restaurants, group socials, my children’s school events, windy outdoor venues. Even with my hearing aids, these places are a challenge for my ears. I recently interviewed a representative with Phonak, a large manufacturer of hearing technology based … Continue reading
When You Hear for the First Time, Who Do You Tell?
When I got my first hearing aids in 2003, I was anxious. What would the world sound like amplified? Would I enjoy the noise? It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later after receiving my third pair of hearing aids that I was actually excited about my new ear technology. Not able to afford hearing aids … Continue reading
When You Can’t Afford Hearing Aids: An Interview with Starkey Hearing Foundation
Lipreading Mom receives emails from readers with the same question—How do I pay for hearing aids? For many, the price of hearing technology is just too much. Insurance doesn’t usually cover hearing aids, and not everyone has a nest egg built up to purchase these expensive devices. In my “hearing loss life,” I’ve owned three … Continue reading
Do You Have Hearing Loss…or Selective Hearing?
I’ve loved stories ever since I was a little girl. Long before I became Lipreading Mom and years before my hearing loss diagnosis, I sat in a crowded elementary school classroom and waited for a story to begin. I placed a set of headphones over my ears. When the recorded storyteller asked a question, I … Continue reading
My Hearing Aids Story…In Pictures
Hearing aids are a gift. Imagine hearing birds chirping for the first time, or a baby’s laugh, or a kitten purring. By placing hearing technology in my ears, my whole world of listening goes from gray tones to a Technicolor symphony. When I lost more hearing earlier this year, the two pairs of hearing aids … Continue reading
Wedding Party Shows Off Ears and Cochlear Implants
At the wedding of Todd and Abbie Hlavacek (couple at left), friends with cochlear implants from Advanced Bionics joined together in showing off their bionic ears. Todd received his implants in January 2010 and January 2012, Abbie in August 2007, Gregg Hlavacek (center), Jennifer Thorpe (second from right) in November 2007, and audiologist Tina Childress … Continue reading
Why Do People Who Need Hearing Aids Not Wear Them?
By Indi / Lipreading Mom Guest Blogger Did you know that over half of the people who need hearing aids don’t wear them? There are several factors that contribute to that – the expense, having hearing aids that aren’t adjusted correctly, uncomfortable ear molds issues, denial about hearing loss, etc. But one of the common … Continue reading