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Your Rights And The Law - A Guide Produced By The KCDHH


Federal and state laws are in place to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination. These laws were designed to give equal access and opportunities to all persons with disabilities, including individuals with hearing loss.
For an individual with a hearing loss, equal access typically means effective communication. Effective communication usually requires some form of accommodation and due to the diverse needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, the specific accommodation will depend on the individual. Please CLICK on the following links for more information:

Your Rights and the Law: Your Rights and the Law

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Technology And Communication Options For Children With Hearing Loss

Communication is at the heart and soul of our lives. Children with hearing loss may build their communication skills using one or more of the communication options described in this article. Please CLICK on the following link: Technology And Communication Options

Communication Strategies If You Have Hearing loss

Whether you use hearing aids, a cochlear implant or you simply have mild, untreated hearing loss, learning new communication strategies is a great idea. Communication strategies can ameliorate the frustrating or isolating effects of missing out on or misinterpreting conversations and can help you make meaningful connections with others. Please CLICK on the following link: Communication Strategies

Are Doctors Or Hospitals Required To Provide Live Interpreters For Deaf Patients?

Although this article primarily describes interpretation issues for the deaf, it may be helpful to HOH people to understand that hearing in a medical situation is extremely important.  HOH people need assistive devices, printed information and support as well. Please CLICK on the following link: Interpreter Requirements

Also, the following court order may apply to HOH as well. Please CLICK on the link: Court Order

How Many Ways Can You Say 'What?'

As someone with hearing loss, I spend a lot of time asking people to repeat themselves. Saying “What?” all the time has gotten a little boring, so I have been brainstorming about other ways to ask the same question. Please CLICK on the following link: How Many Ways Can You Say 'What?'

Listening To The TV

Many people with hearing loss often experience some difficulty in listening to their favorite programs onTV.  This article describes several ways that these people can advocate for themselves in order to improve their listening experience. Please CLICK on the following link: Listening To The TV

Types Of Hearing Loss

A hearing loss can happen when any part of the ear or auditory (hearing) system is not working in the usual way. This article lists and describes the various types. Please CLICK on the following link: Types Of Hearing Loss

Financing Hearing Aids In Kentucky

This brochure is merely a listing (as we understand it) of starting points and ideas regarding financing hearing aids.  It is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement in any manner.  Exclusions from this list are merely an oversight.   Be a good consumer and do your homework. Please CLICK on the following link: Financing Hearing Aids In Kentucky

What You Should Know About Otosclerosis

The term otosclerosis is derived from the Greek words for "hard" (scler-o) and "ear" (oto). It describes a condition of abnormal bone growth around the stapes bone, one of the tiny bones of the middle ear. This leads to a fixation of the stapes bone. The stapes bone must move freely for the ear to work properly and hear well. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: What You Should Know About Otosclerosis

Self Advocacy: What It is, It’s Barriers And Tips On Developing Successful Self-Advocacy Skills

Successful youth who are deaf or hard of hearing can identify that the ability to self-advocate is the key to success. Self-advocacy often leads to self-determination, which contributes to positive outcomes for youth with hearing loss. Youth need to recognize, accept and understand their hearing loss and take responsibility for themselves. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Self Advocacy: What It Is, It's Barriers and Tips On Developing Successful Self-Advocacy Skills

Social Gatherings And Noisy Get Togethers

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Easy Tips To Survive Family Gatherings If You Have Hearing Loss

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Assistive Listening Systems And Devices

Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon. People show varying degrees of hearing at varying frequencies in both ears. The implications of this fact are often overlooked for a variety of reasons that include a lack of understanding about modern technology that improves access to sound. This article is written from the perspective that Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs) can benefit many hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Please CLICK on the following link: Assistive Listening Systems And Devices

How To Choose A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss

Restaurants can be extremely noisy places at times and can create a very unpleasant experience for someone who has hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link to learn of some useful tips for acquiring a successful experience when dining out: Useful Tips When Dining Out

Things I Wish I Had Known...

Many of you who read the content of this website may already be experienced with dealing with your own hearing loss and have probably often looked back in your journey saying to yourself statements that begin with "If only I had known...". Now here is your opportunity to help other readers who are new to dealing with their hearing loss by adding to the list of statements we have placed in the following document, in order to make it easier for them to find help and support. Please CLICK on the following link to view the document: Things I Wish I Had Known

Sudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency

Most people would immediately call the doctor or even go to the emergency room if they woke up one morning and could not see out of one eye. Unfortunately, that same urgency is not always the case when one loses hearing suddenly. Please CLICK on the following link to read moreSudden Hearing Loss - A Medical Emergency

Age-Related Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Age-Related Hearing Loss

What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss? (NIHL)

Please CLICK on the following link for details: What Is NIHL?

Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Statistics - A Public Health Epidemic!

This article highlights a very troubling trend, requiring prompt action at a national level. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Statistics

Criteria To Be A Candidate For A Cochlear Implant

If you have ever wondered what the criteria is to be elegible for a cochlear implant, then here is some helpful information for you. Please CLICK on the following link: Criteria For A Cochlear Implant

Watch Out! Protect Your Cochlea!

Watch out ! At birth our cochlea contains less than 15,000 hair cells, a very limited capital (regarding to the millions of sensory cells in the retina). And these cells, since their are killed (by the noise) do not regenerate! Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Watch Out! Protect Your Cochlea!

Tips to Help Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is an infection in your ear that is caused by bacteria that is commonly found in water. Ear wax and the slope of your ear canal are natural defenses to clean and prevent swimmer’s ear, but sometimes they can get overwhelmed. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Tips To Help Prevent Swimmer's Ear

The Importance of Back-to-School Hearing Tests

Loss of hearing is usually a gradual process. Initially the changes may be so subtle that only a very keen parent would suspect something is wrong. More often than not, a parent may conclude that the child is being rude for not responding to instruction or maybe the child is branded ‘absent minded’ because of requesting for instructions to be repeated too often. When this happens at school, it can affect a child’s grades and subsequently their self-esteem. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Back To School Hearing Tests

How To Safely Clean One's Ears

If all things were as nature intended, one would not have to clean the ears. The earwax and debris would naturally work its way out. However, especially with hearing aids, that is not likely to happen. Rather, the hearing aids tend to push the wax and debris deeper into the ear canal. Please CLICK on the following link for more information on ear cleaning: Safely Cleaning Ears

Hearing Loss Myths Exposed

Please CLICK on the following link to learn more about the many myths associated with hearing loss: Hearing Loss Myths

Sudden Onset Hearing Loss (SOHL)

This article covers the causes, investigations and management of Sudden Onset Hearing Loss (SOHL). Please CLICK on the following link: SOHL

Hearing Loss Related To MP3 And iPod Use

Did you know that incorrect usage of ear buds can lead to hearing loss even at an early age? While listening to music on iPods allows us to relax and reduce stress, it can also cause hearing damage unless used properly.  This article discusses the issues and suggests preventative action. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Loss Related To MP3 And iPod Use

Ten Sound Reasons to Use A Hearing Aid Or CI

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Including Children With Hearing Loss In Early Childhood Programs

Advances in technology make it possible to assess the hearing of infants even while they are asleep, by directly measuring the auditory nerve’s response to electrical stimulation. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Including Children In Early Childhood Programs

More and More Movie Theaters Are Offering Captioned Movies!

Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Captioned Movies

Video: How You Hear

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Video: Treatable Causes Of Hearing Loss

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Video: Tinnitus

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Video: Causes For Hearing Aids Not To Work

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Video: More Causes For Hearing Aids Not To Work

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Video: Why Hearing Aids Do Work

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Video: How To Buy A Hearing Aid That Does Work

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Video: Consumer Reports - Buying A Hearing Aid

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Your Health Insurance May Help Cover The Cost Of Hearing Aids

Many people often overlook the fact that their health insurance may help cover the cost of acquiring hearing aids. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Health Insurance Cover for Hearing Aids

Elegibility To Receive Free Equipment - A Guide Produced by the KCDHH

You are eligible to receive equipment from Kentucky’s Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) if you meet the following criteria. Please CLICK on the following links for more information:

Who Can Apply?: Who Can Apply?  How To Apply: How To Apply  Kind of Equipment: Equipment

Brochure: Brochure

Dad, Wear Your Hearing Aids!

Read this fascinating story about a man who perceives himself as a stubborn senior with hearing loss who won’t wear his hearing aids when he’s supposed to!. Please CLICK on the following link:  Wear Your Hearing Aids!

Facts You Must Know About Hearing Loss Prevention

Please CLICK on the following link to learn more about ways to prevent hearing loss: Ways To Prevent Hearing Loss

What Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

When a person is exposed to loud noise over a long period of time, symptoms of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss will increase gradually. Over time, the sounds a person hears may become distorted or muffled, and it may be difficult for the person to understand speech. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Holiday Tips From Arlene...

The holiday season can be very stressful for someone with a hearing loss. With large family groups gathering, laughing and conversing, it’s easy for someone with a hearing loss to feel left out, isolated, bewildered and sad. Hearing aids and cochlear implants have limitations in noisy environments like this, so here are a few tips to help make this holiday more enjoyable for everyone. Please CLICK on the following link: Holiday Tips

Does Noise Stress You Out?

Most of us live our daily lives surrounded by all sorts of noise, including the roar of a motorcycle engine, a blazing car radio and the bleeps of a microwave oven! So what is 'noise' and what affect does it have upon us? Please CLICK on the following link to find out more: Does Noise Stress You Out?

Communicating With People With Hearing Loss

Successful communication requires the efforts of all people involved in a conversation. Even when the person with hearing loss utilizes hearing aids and active listening strategies, it is crucial that others involved in the communication process consistently use good communication strategies.  Please CLICK on the following link to learn more about these strategies: Communication Strategies

AARP Teams With National Hearing Test To Provide Free Hearing Screening

Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Free Hearing Screening

Communication Strategies If You Have Hearing Loss

Whether you use hearing aids, a cochlear implant or you simply have mild, untreated hearing loss, learning new communication strategies is a great idea. Please CLICK the following link to learn more: Communication Strategies

Provisioning for Those With Hearing Loss While Attending A Funeral - A Guide for Funeral Directors

People who have hearing loss need assistance to understand what is being said when they attend funerals. Yet Communication and Hearing Loss seem to be the last things considered in planning a funeral. This Guide provides information to Funeral Directors on the special arrangements that should be made to address this situation. Please CLICK on the following link: Guide

What Every Hard-Of-Hearing Person Needs To Know Before A Medical Encounter

This is a recording of an HLAA Webinar that took place on August 19 2015. Please CLICK on the following link: Webinar Recording

Tips To Improve The Lifespan Of Your Hearing Aid

Here are some helpful hints on how to keep your hearing aid in peak condition. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Aid Lifespan

What You Need To Know About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a perception of sound often described as a ringing, buzzing or humming in the ears or head that affect millions of people. Please CLICK on the following link to learn about Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment: Tinnitus

How Users Feel About Their Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. Please CLICK on the following link to read about user personal experiences with these devices: Cochlear Implant User Experiences

FAQ About the Carriage and Use of Hearing Equipment When On An Aircraft

When considering traveling by air, have you ever wondered what the allowed procedures are with regards to the carriage and use of hearing equipment while on an aircraft? Please CLICK on the following link to find out: Air Travel Guidelines

Asssistive Listening Systems (ALS) and Devices Fact Sheet

Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon.  People show varying degrees of hearing at varying frequencies in both ears.  The implications of this fact are often overlooked for a variety of reasons that include a lack of understanding about modern technology that improves access to sound. This article is written from the perspective that Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs) can benefit many hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Please CLICK on the following link: ALS and Devices Fact Sheet

Drugs That Harm Your Hearing

Did you know that more than 450 drugs (some prescription only, others over the counter) can wreak havoc on hearing? These ototoxic medications - a term that literally means poison for the ears - are particularly risky for older adults. Please CLICK on this link for more details: Drugs That Harm Hearing

Words To Describe What We Hear!

Have you ever tried to find the right words to describe your hearing loss to someone to inform them about what you actually hear? The following document is designed to do just that by helping hearing aid wearers to listen in a focussed way, and to accurately communicate with their audiologist. Please CLICK on the following link: Vocabulary for Hearing Aid Wearers