Personal Stories

July 20 – “Lessons Learned about My Hearing Loss” RAP Session #2 Summer Session

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / July 2, 2021
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To REGISTER for this ZOOM Meeting: email: [email protected] or Text (727) 271-0770 Facilitators: Eloise Schwarz, Hearing Loss Support Specialist & Debbe Hagner, Peer Mentor

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Cochlear Implant TIP – Getting “Organized” by Neal Steiger

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / June 11, 2021
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Getting “Organized” Neal Steiger   When I got home from the first audiogram after my second cochlear implant was activated, I was on cloud nine. My speech recognition had gone up again, and I now understood nearly everything I was hearing. What a difference those implants have made in my life! But when I needed…

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Gallaudet University’s Peer Mentoring by Debbe Hagner

By Hearing Loss Association of Florida / June 6, 2021
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Gallaudet University’s Peer Mentoring Certification Program My Experience  by Debbe Hagner   In June 2018, I was encouraged to sign up for Gallaudet University’s Peer Mentoring program. I filled out the application which was accepted. This program is designed for hearing loss leaders. When I attended Gallaudet University in Aug 2019 for the initial summer…

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Helping Each Other Hear

By Linda Bilodeau / April 9, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World Helping Each Other Hear There is much said and written about hearing loss and mask wearing and how difficult it is for people who suffer from hearing loss to communicate, particularly when doing business or in healthcare situations. I have had very frustrating hearing meltdowns at the supermarket and the…

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The Psychology of Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / March 29, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World The Psychology of Hearing Loss The Hearing Loss Association of America hosted a Webinar titled: The Psychology of Hearing Loss. Don Doherty was the presenter. Don is retired from the Office of Veteran Affairs where he served as a training specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center. He has worn…

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The Hearing and Shopping Experience

By Linda Bilodeau / March 18, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World The Hearing and Shopping Experience Now that I’ve had both Covid vaccine injections, I feel free to roam around the boutiques in our area. Privately-owned businesses have suffered greatly during the pandemic, and for almost a year, these shops have had to rely on online sales. As we begin to…

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What To Do After Purchasing Hearing Aids

By Linda Bilodeau / March 8, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World   What To Do After Purchasing Hearing Aids After purchasing hearing aids, most people believe that hearing is a matter of popping their aids in their ears every morning and going forth into the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Your aids will need fine tuning and adjusting to…

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Living the Way You Want With Hearing Loss

By Linda Bilodeau / March 2, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World Living the Way You Want With Hearing Loss As an aging and retired baby boomer, I find myself able to spend my time any way that I want. After a career in healthcare administration, adjunct lecturer in business schools, and as a project manager, I like to use my education…

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How You Sound to Others

By Linda Bilodeau / March 2, 2021
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Meandering Through The Hearing World How You Sound to Others One morning, I was giving my husband my opinion about an editorial I had read in the newspaper. Before I finished saying what was on my mind, he interrupted me. I was incredulous and a bit angry and said so. This isn’t the first time…

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What Is New With Hearing Aids

By Linda Bilodeau / March 1, 2021
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Meandering Through the Hearing World   What Is New With Hearing Aids As part of my hearing to-do list, I occasionally review new hearing technology including recent released hearing aids. It is just two months into the new year, and we are already seeing new products being introduced.    Here is what is out there.…

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