Blindsided: Learning to Live with a Disability

I wasn't prepared for this. No one told me how to take my personality, my intelligence, my accomplishments, my ambition, my ego and put them all behind a gauzy thick wall that mutes most voices and distorts the sounds of everyday life. The siren could be a whistle or a baby screaming or someone's worn out rear brakes, I won't know until the ambulance crosses the street in front of me....more

The Stigma of Hearing Loss

Stigma is a very tricky thing because it works in multiple ways. First, there is the actual stigma assigned to a condition. So a person with mental illness, for example, is considered by many to be undependable, unstable, and not capable of functioning well. In this case, the stigma is in the minds of the people judging the person with mental illness. But stigma also works in the minds of the people with mental illness who are being judged. They are part of society as well and have absorbed the same attitudes and biases as the rest of us. So they apply the stigma they've learned about mental illness to themselves; they buy in to the ways in which the stigma defines them. They also perceive that others are stigmatizing them and sometimes that's true and sometimes it isn't. ...more
Your comments about stigma related to hearing loss are right on target.  This issue prevents ...more

Hearing loss tied to faster brain shrinkage

A new study from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland found that seniors (56-86 years old) with hearing loss are more likely to develop  brain shrinkage--and at a faster rate.The research followed 126 older adults who underwent hearing tests and yearly MRIs to see how their brains changed. At the start of the research, 71 of the participants had normal hearing and 51 had impaired hearing (min. loss of 25 decibels)....more

Hard Of Hearing? What?

Boy, I never thought it would happen to me but people around me have started to mumble. Not only do they mumble, they talk when they have their head in the fridge or in the pantry. Or whatever! I'm so sick of saying: "what?"So I quit. At first I would say "uh huh" or grunt or something to acknowledge that I am listening. But then I hear: "are you even listening to me?"So today when I went for my annual physical, I finally (yes, this is years in the making) remembered to ask the doctor for a hearing test. ...more
@elaineR.N. people have their heads pointed down when they talk sometimes...looking at phones or ...more

Will I Cry While He's Under Anesthesia?

 "Yep, he definitely has fluid in his ears, especially the right one," the doctor said as she removed the otoscope from my son's ear."NO! NO! NO! That's exactly what I didn't want to hear!" I yelled, my voice echoing against the walls of the small Chinatown office.The doctor's small eyes widened, surprised by my outburst, and she nervously grabbed at her hair....more

Say What? One in Five People Has Hearing Loss

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being ignored? It might just be that the person you’re talking to can’t hear you.One out of five Americans age 12 and over suffer from hearing loss in at least one ear, according to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine....more

Ear Tubes: Should You or Shouldn't You?

Children between the ages of six months to two years of age commonly get middle ear infections also known as otitis media. These infections involve the space on the inner side of the eardrum and can occur initially as a result of a cold or upper respiratory infection.When this area is infected, it fills up with fluid which pushes upon the eardrum or tympanic membrane. Infections can be either bacterial or viral....more

The Unexpected Joy Of Impending Senility

by Billie Brown    ...more

Living with a Child with Hearing Loss

I've been considering what I would first like to post here at BlogHer, what I would most like to share with this community. There are so many amazing women here, so many amazing writers. I love the gamut of topics, information, wisdom and knowledge expressed and shared on these pages. ...more

What is it good for?

Hope's War (first discovered by me through Showtime's Black Filmmaker Showcase in 2006). ~ Returning U.S. troops suffer hearing loss in record numbers, By Chelsea J. Carter, AP via Yahoo! News. ...more