Internet Resources for People with Hearing Loss

Internet Resources for People with Hearing Loss

My wife often says that if you have to be deaf, this is a good time to do it. What she means is that we have an abundance of technology, support groups, information, etc. that were unheard of just a few years ago. One of the great new resources is the Internet; what a great way for people to connect.

This page contains categorized links to some of the Internet resources we think may be helpful to people with hearing loss. Please click on the appropriate category below.

General Hearing Loss Information

Hearing Aid Purchase Assistance

Kids and Hearing Loss

Musicians with Hearing Loss

Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss

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August 2009 – Online Resources for Folks with Hearing Loss

November 2009 – CHC Launches “Ask the Experts”

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General Hearing Loss Information

The About.com Deafness/Hard of Hearing site, hosted by Jamie Berke, is a wonderful source of all kinds of hearing loss information.

Hearing Haven does hearing aid repairs, and their site also contains lots of good hearing loss information.

hear-it is an international non-profit organization whose site contains lots of information on all aspects of hearing loss.

Here’s Marilyn Weinhouse’s great hearing loss blog. It’s updated regularly with interesting and timely articles, and generates some thoughtful discussion!

How loud is too loud? Well, it depends on lots of things, like frequency, duration, and an individual’s response to loud sounds. Here’s a set ofguidelines from OSHA that relates sound level to maximum safe exposure time. (Scroll down about a page to Table G-16 to see exposure times.) And here’s a page from the CDC that provides estimates of the noise level of various common devices.  Here’s an example to help you make sense of this. The CDC page says that a chain saw produces noise of intensity 110 db. The OSHA page says that the maximum exposure time for 110 db is half an hour. So the conclusion is that if you operate a chain saw without hearing protection for longer than a half an hour, you are putting your hearing at risk.

You are probably aware that the Rotary Club has programs that benefit people with hearing loss. But did you know that there’s a group of Rotarians with hearing loss who are very active in the community. Here’s the scoop on the International Fellowship of Rotarians Affected by Hearing Loss.

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Hearing Aid Purchase Assistance

BHI maintains a great list of organizations that provide assistance acquiring hearing aids.

Hear Now is part of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Here is a description of their services along with income guidelines for hearing aid purchase assistance

Need help paying for that hearing aid?

Another source of assistance for hearing aid purchase is Listen Up.

You should also check your local service clubs – Sertoma, Lions, Elks, etc.

For those of modest means, Audient Alliance may be the answer!

If you’re working, check with your local Vocational Rehabilitation office.

Also see The Starkey Hearing Foundation

Finally, if your insurance claim has been denied, check with Let Them Hear to see if they can help you.

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Kids and Hearing Loss

Listen Up has been around forever and does a great job of working with families that include kids with hearing loss.

Another longstanding resource for families that include kids with hearing loss is Parents Place. They also host a very informative weekly chat.

RaisingDeafKids.org is a new website that’s affiliated with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Another new site that looks really interesting is www.helpkidshear.org

One more : www.hearmefoundation.org

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Musicians

Hearing loss can be especially tough on those with an interest in music. Here are some resources for them:

PowerPoint presentation entitled “Musicians and Hearing Aids”

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Medical Professionals

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL)