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Who are the appropriate users of OTC aids and how do you know?

In ALDA Archives Newsletter, News by ALDA News

Part one of this series was a discussion of the “unintended users” of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and how they should be anticipated and accounted for. But who are the appropriate users, and why might they benefit from OTC aids? Cost is generally thought to be the factor that prevents people with hearing loss from using hearing aids. However, hearing aid use is…

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OTC Hearing Aids: Who Needs Them? (Hint: Maybe You!)

In ALDA Archives Newsletter, News by ALDA News

You may have heard that President Biden recently signed an Executive Order regarding “Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids”. Why was this necessary? Don’t we already have OTC hearing aids? This is the first of two articles that will discuss this confusing issue. Unregulated amplifiers have been sold for many years. True hearing aids are classified as medical devices, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provided/adjusted by licensed professionals. Unregulated amplifiers must be labeled “Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)”, and the quality varies greatly. Some are essentially like turning…

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Ask The Nurse: Caring for yourself before, during, and after hospital procedures

In ALDA Archives Newsletter, Ask The Nurse by ALDA News

Summer is almost over. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, soon the days will become shorter, nights will be longer, and winter will be upon us. We have seen a lot of turmoil in the news lately. From the medical and nursing point of view the most upsetting information is the rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and in the world. Sadly, this was cautiously predicted. Keeping our distance from one another, taking better care of ourselves and others, and staying safe and mindful of our environment dictates where we go…

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ALDAcon Memories: A Personal Journey

In ALDA Archives Newsletter, ALDAcon by ALDA News

I’ve officially been a member of ALDA since 2010 when I moved to San Jose, CA. Prior to that I had been loosely involved with ALDA many years before in Chicago but never actually attended a meeting or subscribed. I had attended one of the famous Chicago Christmas parties that are a part of ALDA folklore but at the time I had no idea I was attending a well known event. I found the Chicago event after I had lost my hearing a few years before and was exploring hearing loss options. A mentor/friend whom I met…

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Regional Director 1: Summer 2021 Report

In ALDA Archives Newsletter, Regional Directors by ALDA News

Regional Director 1 One step back, two steps forward! Little by little, we are wrapping our heads around just what to think of this summer of ‘21. Do we “stay or do we go,?” as the song says. In the northern reaches of New England where I live, it’s the norm to have a lot of tourist influx due to the cooler summer options, beaches, and general “grab summer while you can” attitude. This second pandemic summer with high percentages of vaccinated folks up here doesn’t look much different than pre-pandemic. In many ways, it is more…