Making a positive difference in the lives of those with hearing impairment

Untangling the Link Between Hearing Loss and Depression

By Chuan-Ming Li, MD, PhD, & Howard J. Hoffman, MA

Dr. Li, left, is statistician (health/medicine) and Mr. Hoffman is director of the Epidemiology and Statistics Program, Division of Scientific Programs, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Li performs analyses for epidemiological studies and reviews concept proposals for NIDCD clinical trials. Read more..

Better Hearing & Speech Month

Guard Your Health, Connect the Dots on Hearing Loss for Better Hearing & Speech Month

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Washington, DC, April 29, 2014—Recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just your hearing, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other important health issues. BHI’s outreach comes in recognition of Better Hearing & Speech Month in May. To help spread the word, BHI is providing an infographic, a social media profile picture, and web banners for anyone to download and use with social media ( BHI also is inviting people to join in a Thunderclap to help amplify its message. Sign up today at to join BHI in sharing its “Listen to Hearing Loss!” message, which will be automatically scheduled to go out on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on May 22nd. Read more..

Communication Strategies: How Can Friends and Family Help?

Hearing aid technology has advanced remarkably in the last few years. Hearing aids are able to amplify sounds in different ways depending on the frequency and decibel level of the incoming sounds, they can “filter out” background noise with the use of directional microphones and noise management algorithms, and the number of ways we, as clinicians, can adjust the hearing aids is enormous. However, what people don’t understand right away is that hearing aids are just that: aids. Think of them as a pair of crutches. Read more..