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3 Golden Rules

The 3 Golden Rules provide better communication outcomes for everyone with hearing loss. They improve communication if you have hearing aids, cochlear implants or no hearing devices. By following these simple rules, communication breakdowns would happen less often, hearing loss or no hearing loss. They make the difference between hearing and understanding.

A purple meme with a ring of gold that has leaves coming off it. White font. The 3 Golden Rules when talking to someone with hearing loss. Get their attention before speaking. Face them while talking. Be within 6 feet.

All 3 rules were considered a social grace but they have fallen by the wayside. We are distracted and multitasking. We are tired, hangry and have a lot on our plate these days. We could all learn to slow down and connect again, properly. The 3 Golden Rules require everyone to be present. With more intention, perhaps we will have less communication breakdowns in general.

For people who have hearing loss, these 3 rules are especially important. Let’s break them down from a hearing loss perspective.

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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2024

It’s Tinnitus Awareness Week, February 5th through the 11th. Are you aware of your tinnitus this week? I am! Any time someone says the word “tinnitus”, or I read it, I become AWARE of all the noise in my head. I bet you do too. 

Written by Chelle

How much it impacts us depends on where we are on the journey. It also depends on how quiet the room is and how stressed out we might be. Sometimes it’s the food we eat (caffeine, salt and – heavens forbid – chocolate), the meds we take or how tired we might be. For some people, loud noises create spike tinnitus. Tinnitus is as individual as audiograms. We are all a little bit different but we experience some sort of sound.

Green static background.
A red frequency line.
Tinnitus
Pronounced 
tin-it-us AND Tin-nigh-tus
Either way works.
Made for tinnitus awareness week 2024
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Accessibility Cochlear Implants Communication Practices Hard of Hearing Hearing Aids Hearing Loss Misconceptions

Did you hear me? Hearing VS Understanding

There’s a difference between hearing and understanding. Just because we hear someone doesn’t mean we understand them. As an example, hearing people can have a hard time understanding each other in noisy situations. Also while on phones, there can be too much background noise or weird acoustics (acoustics affect mechanical hearing) for them to understand what’s being said. Hearing people understand this but can forget that it especially applies to anyone with hearing loss. Even though technology has improved with hearing devices, these situations remain a BIG challenge for people with hearing loss.

Speaking of challenges, have you seen our post on Sensorineural Visuals? Sensorineural hearing loss (also called nerve damage) distorts hearing in varying degrees from person to person. That post gives visuals of how hearing loss affects speech. We hear certain frequencies very well and at the same time, aren’t able to hear other frequencies. It’s confusing! In the early stages we might question if we have hearing loss because we hear plenty of noise. It’s just not always what we want to “hear.” We know you’re talking so that’s hearing. We just can’t understand what you’re saying.

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Accessibility Accommodations ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Cochlear Implants Communication Access Hard of Hearing Hearing Aids Hearing Loss Hearing Technology

Smartphone Built-in Accessibility for Hearing Loss

Smartphones, both iPhone and Android operating systems, have come a long way in accessibility for those with hearing loss. There’s several great, built-in features on each phone with a variety of apps to make life easier. This post is only for quick reference. There are a few explanations and a link at the end of the sections to explore the features further.

*Note: Some features vary due to having an older phone, how often you update or the company you use.

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12 Days of Christmas for Hearing Loss

Let’s take a look at the 12 Days of Christmas with a hearing loss theme. Our friend Gloria Pelletier helped us craft this song.

HoH HoH HoH! Sing along with us… 

HoH = Hard of Hearing