Joss x Hearing Aid Image 300x168In December 2019, American Girl announced the 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick.  Joss is an athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer.

To correctly portray Joss in the book series, experts in various fields were consulted, including

  • Crystal DaSilva—Women’s Deaf Shortboard champion and winner of national and world titles
  • Sara Jo Moen & Julie Peterson—Owners of Fury Athletics in Madison, WI, a training gym for competitive cheer teams
  • Dr. Sharon Pajka, Ph.D.—Professor of English at Gallaudet University and a specialist in portrayals of deaf characters in adolescent literature
  • Jennifer Richardson, Au.D.—Educational audiologist and founder of Hearing Milestones Foundation
  • Bianca Valenti—Professional big wave surfer and co-founder of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

Ystressou've learned to cope with the ringing in your ears, but you notice yourself losing your balance more frequently. Before you panic, it's essential to know that vertigo-like symptoms often accompany tinnitus and other hearing problems.

It’s equally important to know there are steps you can take to reduce symptoms for both conditions.

Your Ears Do More Than Hear

Aside from transmitting sound signals to your brain, your ears are also responsible for maintaining balance due to the vestibular and cochlear nerves in your ears.

friends family christmas 300x200The holiday dinner table is loaded with delicious food and everyone is humming with conversation – except you. You’re having trouble hearing the discussion, so you choose to stay out of the conversation.

However, you don’t have to forgo making holiday memories because of hearing loss. Talk with your loved ones and take steps to make sure everyone is included in the festivities.

Tips For You During The Holidays

Holiday parties create lots of ambient noise which can hearing difficult. Your brain will be working hard to process all these sounds and can cause cognitive overload, inhibiting your ability to properly form memories.

Image of senior man smoking.The number of everyday habits that impact your hearing may surprise you. From smoking to cleaning your ears with cotton swabs, consider the aural effects before you put your hearing at risk.

Image of man shoveling snow.With winter on the way, now is the time to check your hearing aids and take preventative measures to ensure the changing weather doesn’t stop you from enjoying your favorite winter activities.
If you don’t spend much time outside, the temperature will not necessarily impact your hearing aids. However, the temperature change from your warm, cozy home to the frigid outdoors can cause condensation that may damage parts of your hearing aids.