“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#1 Jun 10, 2014
DEAR ABBY: As the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America, may I suggest that "Mortified at the Dinner Table" (March 2), who wrote about her in-laws' poor hearing even with hearing aids, connect with one of our 200-plus local HLAA chapters? These member-led groups offer emotional support, camaraderie, communication strategies and techniques for living with hearing loss, both for people who have hearing loss as well as their families and friends. Most chapters also share information about assistive listening devices that link via a telecoil found in most modern hearing aids that could greatly enhance her in-laws' hearing around the dinner table.

"Mortified" might also want to accompany her in-laws to a hearing aid evaluation visit at an audiologist's office to learn more about their particular hearing difficulties. There is more to correcting hearing loss than buying hearing aids. Some users benefit from assistive listening devices or from listening training that can be done at home with a personal computer.

By joining HLAA, "Mortified" can receive Hearing Loss Magazine and get the latest information about hearing loss and how to live well with it.-- ANNA GILMORE HALL

DEAR MS. HALL: Thank you for your letter and the information you generously provided. Any reader with hearing loss should check out the HLAA website for a more detailed description of the services it provides. Read on:

DEAR ABBY: Many people who wear hearing aids find noisy environments problematic. As people age, their ability to understand can be difficult even with hearing aids. As a practicing audiologist, I recommend the following to my patients to help make communication easier.

(1) Test hearing annually so hearing aids can be reprogrammed to current hearing levels if necessary.

(2) Follow up with the audiologist for regular hearing aid maintenance and care.

(3) In restaurants, ask to be seated away from high noise level areas; preferential seating may help.

(4) Reserve confidential discussions for another time and location, which would make them easier for people with hearing loss to understand.-- AUDIOLOGIST IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR ABBY: My 91-year-old mother is hard of hearing. I take her out to dinner once a week.

I don't worry about what people around us are thinking. It doesn't matter what she wants to talk about. I'm just glad she's able to get out and converse with others. The conversations at tables near us are sometimes so obnoxious that I'm GLAD my mother can't hear them.

People are normally very courteous about helping me with her, and many have told me they wished their parents were still alive and able to have dinner with them.-- JUDY IN ARIZONA

DEAR ABBY: Your advice to "Mortified" was certainly not taking into account the other diners' feelings that this writer was so admirably describing! Everyone around that table paid for -- and deserves -- to have a pleasant dining experience too. This includes not being subjected to others' cellphone conversations, unruly children or excessively loud conversations regardless of their content.-- MARIANNE IN WASHINGTON

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#2 Jun 10, 2014
What a waste of internet space. If you cant hear, tell people to talk louder or get one of those seashell things.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#3 Jun 10, 2014
Nice.

However hearing aids cost several thousand dollars plus audiologist fees and require frequent battery changes.

Obamacare required it be covered under medical insurance but it is not covered by Medicare so this is literally a high class problem.

Rather tone deaf of Abby I think.
Pippa

Hancock, NY

#4 Jun 10, 2014
PEllen wrote:
Nice.
However hearing aids cost several thousand dollars plus audiologist fees and require frequent battery changes.
Obamacare required it be covered under medical insurance but it is not covered by Medicare so this is literally a high class problem.
Rather tone deaf of Abby I think.
I had an aunt who was deaf from a childhood illness. She was very loud when she spoke and she had a high pitch voice. She was a wonderful lady but I have to admit that even as a child, I always got a headache when she visited. I wish I had learned what she knew. She could read lips and even follow a tv program when the characters were facing the screen when they spoke. I wish I could read lips. I wonder whether there's classes for that. Aunt R did not know sign language. Her daughters handled all her phone calls as "go betweens." And you're right about the hearing aids. Back when Aunt R was alive, they were not as advanced as they are now; she found them very disturbing because of all the background noise. My b-i-l needs hearing aids and he just can't afford them even though he's single and has a pretty good retirement nest egg.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

United States

#5 Jun 10, 2014
I hear ya!
blunt advice

Trenton, NJ

#6 Jun 10, 2014
Just wait until all the metal heads get old ....maybe I should go in the hearing aid business.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#7 Jun 10, 2014
What?

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