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The Better Hearing Consumer 
By Gael Hannan

How’s this for a salad bar of communication strategies?

Hearing aids. Cochlear implants. Speechreading skills. Assistive listening devices. Telecoils and looping. Bluetooth. Captioning on TV, at the movies, on our smartphones.  Assertiveness in having our needs met. Manipulating our listening environment with lighting, good sight lines, and low-or-no background noise.

People with hearing loss pick and choose the ones they need, want, or can afford in order to communicate to their best ability. And with the right attitude, it usually works. But what about those days when attitude turns sour, when coping with hearing loss becomes a grind? At times like this, what are you gonna do?

Get out of town.

Read more . . . The Outdoor Cure

By David H. Kirkwood, Hearing Health Matters 4/2/2012
Thanks to Bob MacPherson
The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start enforcing its regulations governing hearing aids, even when the devices are ostensibly “personal sound amplification devices” or PSAPs.
In an April 19 letter to Steven Silverman, director of the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Jeffrey Gibbs, HIA’s counsel, cited a number of products that are being sold online without FDA’s clearance even though, he said, they are clearly intended to be used as hearing aids, and not as PSAPs, which are not approved for use by people with hearing loss.   ...continue reading "Manufacturers Group Asks FDA to Crack Down on Crypto-Hearing Aids"