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May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

In Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

[May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Every year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) dedicates this month to raising awareness of conditions which impede communication, such as speech disorders and hearing loss. For 2019, the theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.” The organization wants to highlight the importance of maintaining communication skills from childhood up to old age. We hope …

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Proposed Accessibility Legislation in Seattle

In Hearing Loss, News by Zach Kenealey, HIS

The next time you catch a game at a sports bar in Seattle, Washington, you might just notice something slightly different. Businesses there with TVs are now required to turn on closed-captioning, as part of a recent law passed by the Seattle City Council. In what is seen as a major victory for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, …

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As an Invisible Disability, Hearing Loss Often Goes Ignored

In Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

[Helen Keller is credited with writing that “Blindness cuts us off from things but deafness cuts us off from people.” This is incredibly accurate and is often unrecognized by those around us. Hearing loss can have a significant impact on both your social and professional life. Coping with hearing loss is different from other disabilities as it is invisible; even …

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Tips for Better Communication with People with Hearing Loss

In Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

[Individuals suffering from hearing loss may find communicating with others to be stressful, frustrating, and discomforting. While there is a portion of those with hearing loss who are quite open about their struggles by asking you to make adjustments to help during a conversation, many people in fact either don’t realize that their hearing is declining or they choose not …

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Great Things to Hear this Holiday Season in Seattle, WA

In Hearing Loss, News by Zach Kenealey, HIS

The holiday season is upon us and that means there are a lot of great activities to put on your calendar. Seattle is an excellent city to engage in all of the sights—and sounds—of the holiday spirit. Here are some things that you might want to consider as you begin planning how to spend the end of 2018 with your …

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

In Hearing Loss, Mental Health by Zach Kenealey, HIS

In addition to ringing in the holiday season, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that people can have. It typically affects people who are over the age of 65 years old. The National Institute on Aging suggests that the “number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age …

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How Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

In Family & Relationships, Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Hearing loss does more than effect those it afflicts. Often, it’s the people around us who also suffer silently. With the number of people with hearing loss expected to nearly double in the next few decades, it’s important to consider the effects of untreated hearing loss on not only the person experiencing hearing loss, but on their family and close …

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Redskins’ pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan discusses hearing loss in his left ear

In Hearing Loss by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Hearing loss affects many people, no matter their age, race, gender, class, or nationality. Hearing loss is not a barrier to one’s success, as Ryan Kerrigan, a 16th overall NFL draft pick in 2011 has shown. Kerrigan is a pass rusher who spent his college years in the storied Purdue football program. Kerrigan was a unanimous all-American, and was voted …