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Pass the Salt … and a Megaphone

  Pass the Salt … and a Megaphone New Design Styles, High Ceilings and Hardwood Floors Are Making Restaurants Noisier; How to Find a Quiet Table By KATY MCLAUGHLIN Eric Laignel La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, a 16-month-old restaurant in San Francisco, hits every fashionable trend in restaurant design. The 300-seater occupies an 11,000 square-foot loft space in a historic converted ...

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No escape from background music – a pain in the ear

No escape from background music – a pain in the ear February 13, 2007 HECKLER HEARING-AID wearers of the world, unite! Join me in my mission to ban background music, which plagues our hearing in all walks of life. A stroll around Circular Quay has turned into a cacophony of buskers vying for our attention, making it an impossible venue ...

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How to avoid the din when dining out

How to avoid the din when dining out Some patrons want restaurants to turn down the volume Sunday, August 20, 2006 By Marlene Parrish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Hip and trendy restaurants encourage buzz. Loud conversation and music are considered mood enhancers, and young customers, especially, equate din with good times. Sometimes that is exactly what you want. But when the buzz ...

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Is Auditory Training Effective in Improving Listening Skills? – Part One

Is Auditory Training Effective in Improving Listening Skills? – Part One By Mark Ross Editor: Here’s Mark Ross with his thoughts on auditory training to improve listening skills. This article originally appeared in “Hearing Loss” Magazine and is reprinted with the author’s kind permission. This is part one of two parts. January 2010 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Auditory training can be defined as ...

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Tips for good communications

Tips for good communications September 2010 Editor: I’ve seen several of these tip sheets, and they all offer some good advice. I especially like the ones like this that offer advice for both the person with hearing loss and the normal hearing person. This information was compiled by the folks at hear-it.org and is reproduced with their kind permission. Do ...

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Strategic Listening to Maximize Communication

Strategic Listening to Maximize Communication By Larry Sivertson June 2010 Editor: People with hearing loss can do a lot to improve communications in a variety of situations. Here’s Elizabeth Booth with some ideas for you. Elizabeth is a retired teacher and a graduate of HLAA’s American Academy of Hearing Loss Support Specialists. Complete Convention Coverage ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elizabeth began her presentation ...

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What is Being Said? What is Being Heard

What is Being Said? What is Being Heard? By Larry Sivertson June 2010 Editor: Relationships are never easy, and hearing loss adds an additional difficulty. This workshop focuses on techniques that can improve communications. The presenters are Joann Dobrowolski and Mitch Shapiro. Complete Convention Coverage ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joann and Mitch provided a plethora of tips for designed to improve communications for ...

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Taking up music so you can hear

Taking up music so you can hear August 2009 Editor: If you want to hear better, it might help to take up music. At least that’s what the folks at Northwestern University are finding out. Here’s the press release. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anyone with an MP3 device — just about every man, woman and child on the planet today, it seems — ...

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An Open Letter to My *Hearing* Friends

An Open Letter to My *Hearing* Friends By Shanna Groves August 2009 Editor: Shanna Groves is the author of Lip Reader, a novel about a family dealing with hearing loss during the early 1980s. She blogs and speaks frequently about hearing loss issues and is actively involved with the Hearing Loss Association of America. For information about her books, blogs ...

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Clear Speech for Communication Partners

Clear Speech for Communication Partners By Patricia B. Kricos, Ph.D. Editor: We all know that some people are easier to speechread than others, and we probably have some ideas about why that is. They may speak a bit more slowly, enunciate better, etc. But there’s more to it than that. Here’s Pat Kricos with her thoughts on the topic. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...

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