Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hearing in Restaurants

From KARE11. com/advice for foodies with hearing loss
MINNEAPOLIS -- With new restaurants opening nearly ever week, the Twin Cities restaurant scene is hot! But for anyone with hearing challenges, choosing a new eatery can be harder than deciding what to eat.
Local hearing care professional Taiha Wagner joined us on KARE11 News @ 4 with some advice for foodies with hearing loss on how to make the most of their night out.  The following is a Q and A with Taiha:
Q: How many people struggle with hearing challenges?
·         As of 2015, 48 million people have significant hearing loss and struggle with hearing challenges (according to the CHC).
·         Everything from ear infections to prolonged exposure to loud electronics or music… even everyday noise like traffic can hurt a someone’s hearing.
·         What people may not realize is some hearing loss is completely preventable, but it’s not reversible.
·         That’s why it’s so important to have your hearing checked annually, and if there’s a need, to get the proper care. Unfortunately, many people overlook it or are too embarrassed to seek the help they need.
·         And often times, hearing loss can keep people from enjoying life to the fullest -- many choosing to avoid loud situations, like restaurants.  
Q:  Are there things that restaurants can do better to help diners with hearing challenges?
·         It’s important for them to just be aware that many of their customers likely have hearing challenges.
·         Restaurants can offer printed lists of daily specials so that no one misses out.
·         And restaurants that are accommodating to the needs of their diners will likely have repeat customers. It can be as simple as letting a server know who they should stand next to when talking to the table.  
Q: So what can people who have hearing loss do to still enjoy a night out at a crowded restaurant?
A: Read Online Reviews
·         Many restaurant rating systems now include noise level as one of the criteria.
·         For example, Zagat now has a "Good for Quiet Conversation" search category. Others likely do as well.
A: Look for Sound Absorbing Decor
·         When you’re doing you research online, be sure to check out the photos in addition to the menu.
·         Look for restaurants that have carpet, drapes, broken walls instead of walls of windows and booths. All of these things help to dampen the sounds of a busy restaurant.
A: Be Choosy About Your Seat
·         Once you find a restaurant that you want to try, call ahead to ask for a corner table or a table near a wall.
·         Walls eliminate distractions and help buffer some of the noise.
·         A booth is also often a good choice if it has high back seats.
·         If you’re dining with a group, arrive early so that you can pick the best seat at the table, based on your hearing needs.
A: Let Technology Help
·         Hearing aids have come a long way, and there are many different state-of-the-art options available.
·         In fact, many new hearing aids even have crowd-settings that help direct your hearing and limit background noise.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients

Here's a very interesting article for all of us who suffer with tinnitus.

Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients: Depression treatment tool holds tremendous promise for patients with debilitating condition: In the largest US clinical trial of its kind researchers found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Watch and Wait

A very interesting article about "watching and waiting."