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Hear in Noise? You Bet You Can! Here’s How

Hear in Noise? You Bet You Can! Here’s How Editor: You think it’s impossible to hear when there’s background noise present? Well, Neil Bauman thinks differently, and he’s here to tell you all about it. Yes, this is the same Neil Bauman who wrote the definitive book on ototoxic drugs. You can learn more about Neil, his book, and his ...

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Able Talker Personal Communicator

Able Talker Personal Communicator First Fully Wireless Personal Communicator for the Hard of Hearing: New ‘Able Talker’ Eliminates Cables & Eases Conversation Winner of CES Innovations Award for Personal Electronics LAS VEGAS — 2007 International CES, Booth# Sands/69453 — Until now, all personal communication devices used by people with hearing loss require a wire to connect the handset to a ...

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Recycle Your Assistive Technologies

Recycle Your Assistive Technologies Editor: Most of us already recycle our hearing aids, but have you ever wondered about recycling other assistive technology you no longer use? How about that old ALD? OSERS has a program to do just that! Here to tell you all about it is Assistant Secretary John H. Hager. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The U.S. Department of Education Office ...

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Comfort Audio Opens Doors in US

Comfort Audio Opens Doors in US Editor: You may have already heard of Comfort Audio and two of its products – the Contego FM system and the Duett personal amplifier. I’ve heard from several people who have these devices, and everything I’ve heard is very positive. Here’s their press release ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Comfort Audio, recognized since 1994 as an innovative international ...

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Requirements for Assistive Listening Systems in Conference Facilities

Requirements for Assistive Listening Systems in Conference Facilities Does the ADA require that conferences and meetings have assistive listening systems? Here’s the reply from the ADA Center, as received by the folks at NVRC. Please be sure to credit NVRC if you share this information. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Have you ever wondered whether an assistive listening system must be available at conferences ...

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Concert Listening Technology for People with Hearing Loss

Concert Listening Technology for People with Hearing Loss Editor: Many people with hearing loss know the trick of holding a balloon to feel music. It’s a standard technique at ALDAcon’s Karaoke night. Here’s a story about a high tech version of that technique that will be provided at a Los Angeles concert in June. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Renowned jazz pianist and composer ...

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Neckloops 101

Neckloops 101 By Bob MacPherson Editor: I’m always surprised when I meet someone with considerable hearing loss who knows nothing about assistive technology and how it can make things easier. One important component is the neckloop, about which people seem to be especially unaware. Here’s bhNEWs’ Bob MacPherson with his neckloops primer. And a special added bonus is the discussion ...

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HLAA Convention: Bluetooth and You – Part One

HLAA Convention: Bluetooth and You – Part One This article is part of our coverage of the 2008 HLAA National Convention. We’ll eventually have full coverage posted at http://www.hearinglossweb.com/res/hlorg/shhh/cn/2008/2008.htm This is part one of two parts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 2008 This workshop was presented by Tina Childress of Advanced Bionics. It was so popular that the start of the workshop was ...

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Personal FM Assistive Listening Systems for Adults – Part One

Personal FM Assistive Listening Systems for Adults – Part One By Mark Ross Editor: We’ve seen a bunch of great articles from Mark Ross in the past couple of years, so we’re thrilled to see his latest on personal FM systems. This article originally appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of “Hearing Loss” and is reprinted with the author’s kind ...

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Is your next hearing aid an iPhone or iPod?

Is your next hearing aid an iPhone or iPod? Editor: OK, I admit I asked that question a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the concept is certainly no less likely than many of the other technological advances we’ve seen in recent years. The folks at Ginger Labs claim that their iPhone applications offer people with hearing loss an affordable, accessible option for ...

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