Living Well with Hearing Loss

Maximizing communication and improving the lives of individuals with hearing loss


  • I recently went on a trip to Los Angeles with a couple of friends for spring break. Walking around the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we decided to see a movie at the Chinese theater. As we walked up to the ticket booth I saw a sign for assistive listening technology.

  • Being able to participate in the Living Well with Hearing Loss class at St. Luke’s Home was a great learning experience.  As a first year audiology student, I found the class at St. Luke’s to be a valuable learning experience for me and the group participants.  At the first class I realized that many of the individuals were not surrounded by their families on a day-to-day basis. Instead they are surrounded by many different people in a congested environment. I began to think about who their communication partners are and what needs they might have.

  • Today is the first day of Fall and it is also Fall Prevention Awareness Day! Falls affect 1 in 3 Americans over age 65 years every year, but falls are not an inevitable part of aging. The good news is that most falls are preventable!

  • The following was written by Susannah Townsend, a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences student who will graduate in the Spring and plans on pursuing graduate school in 2016. 

  • FEW weeks ago, when I heard my assistant Kate say to me, “I am going to choir practice,” I was surprised. I have never, in the 30 years we have worked together, heard her express the slightest interest in singing. But I thought, who knows? Perhaps this is a part of herself she has kept quiet about; perhaps it is a new interest; perhaps her son is in a choir; perhaps .…

  • The following was written by a Audiology Graduate student who is now completing his externship year and will graduate this Spring.

  • The other day I went rock climbing with some friends and I was reminded of the dangers of miscommunication and the need for appropriate repair strategies in order to ensure the safety of others.  

  • Last week I threw out my back and had to have it x-rayed.   The x-ray technician had me twisting and turning into many different positions to get the right images. Many times, he gave me instructions while standing behind my back. I realized that a person with hearing loss might have difficulty understanding his instructions, so I asked him how he would instruct a patient who had a hearing loss. He responded, “I wouldn’t. I would just turn them the way I wanted them to go.”

  • Today I was reminded how important is to "Walk BEFORE you Talk".  I needed to tell my husband that I was leaving to  run to the store for something for dinner, but I was in a hurry.  I hollered up to him in his office and I thought I heard him say "OK".  Well, I had been gone for about 30 minutes when I got an angry phone call from John asking where I was and why I had left him at home.  He didn't speak to me when I got home.  It would have been so much easier if I had just walked up to his office and talked to him face to face.