Coaching with hearing loss: goes both ways

  Kathi Mestayer   A recent email about hearing loss really grabbed my attention. And held on to it. It was a listserve posting by a hard-of-hearing lacrosse coach, Tom, who experienced a moment of insight that came out of the blue, as those moments so often do. I’ll let him tell it… Tom the…

Kvetching

Seriously. Do you really think I can hear you, sitting directly behind you, on the highway? That was my father, who kept trying, after I, and my stepmother, had told him I couldnn’t hear him. Finally, I just stopped responding, and then he got this quizzical look. Hmmm. Now, this person is not new to…

Books and Sites to check

1. George Prochnik –  “In Pursuit of Silence”  (Here is also a link to Prochnik’s site ) 2. Garret Keizer – “The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want”.   See link below for more…. Source: Books and Sites to check

Acoustics ‘R’ Fun: the sound of two hands clapping

I found The Sound Book at Kramerbooks in Washington D.C.’s DuPont Circle, a real bookstore that has almost a whole wall dedicated to books about science. Like a kid in a candy shop, I picked a few likely suspects and rushed to the train to start reading. The Sound Book is now thoroughly scribbled in,…

Real life: the hard-of-hearing lacrosse player (and coach)

Tom the Lacrosse Coach’s Surprise A recent email about hearing loss really grabbed my attention. And held on to it. It was a listserve posting by a hard-of-hearing lacrosse coach, Tom, who experienced a moment of insight that came out of the blue, as those moments so often do. I’ll let him tell it… “I…

Cheap hearing devices online? How cheap is cheap? Pick a number…..any number.

Those devices are sometimes referred to as PSAPs — pronounced PEE-sap, and stands for Personal Sound Amplifying Device, a shorthand designation used by the FCC to refer to products that don’t meet their standards for “hearing aids.”  It’s a long, and divisive story, still being played out by manufacturers who really, really want to call…

Apple tightens the knot on the hard-of-hearing. It’s innovative!

In November of last year, the FCC issued a Public Notice that they were going to review the existing rules for wireless hearing aid compatibility. They also solicited comments on hearing aid compatibility and accessibility for wireless phone handsets. Hearing loss and wireless tech organizations respond In short order, a consortium of hearing-loss and wireless…

Save the hippie!

Re: train wreck in Germany, on NPR, today: Said: “At least one hundred and fifty were injured.” Heard: “At least one of the hippies were injured.” Get that tie-dyed guy to the ER!

PCAST to FDA: Tear Down That Wall!

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has recommended that the FDA create a new category of hearing aids. The new “basic” hearing aids would not require an exam by an audiologist or dispenser before purchase. A hearing test and purchase of those aids would be allowed online. And they would be…

Conference calls with captions!

That’s right, it’s not a typo! Virginia Relay has just announced availability of captions for conference calls, for Virginia residents. No more worrying about that caller who is always multi-tasking and talking into their speakerphone from two feet away. Virginia Relay’s new Remote Conference Captioning service provides the captioning free of charge to Virginia residents,…