Meet Nancy Ruyter

Soon after Nancy Ruyter was born, she developed pyloric spasms and her left eye totally crossed. Her parents knew she would need an operation to correct it. “They thought I should wait till I was a teenager to get the operation,” Nancy told us, “but by the time I was 5 or 6 they...

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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Last Friday President Joe Biden signed a new executive order, including a directive to the Department of Health and Human Services to consider issuing proposed rules to allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The executive order noted that hearing aids, which can cost more than $5,000 per...

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Surf’s Up!

Ah, summer! The kids are out of school, the sun is shining — brings back memories, doesn’t it? It seems like only yesterday that you were loading up and heading to the beach in whatever amazing vehicle you used to transport yourself and your friends and their boards to that special...

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Helen Keller’s Legacy

Last Sunday was Helen Keller’s birthday, and June 27 has also been celebrated since 2006 as Helen Keller Day — and since 1984, follwong a proclamation by then-President Ronald Reagan, this week has been DeafBlind Awareness Week. So this time each year I stop to think about the life of...

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As Our World Opens Up …

Like most of you these days, I’m sure, I’m really looking forward to getting back to normal life. It’s so good to be able to see the people I’ve been missing, and now that I’ve gotten my COVID vaccine, I’m feeling so much better about venturing out in public....

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Help Us Get the Word Out!

Last week, I gave you some good news: we’ve been able to help more people than ever this year, despite all the hassles with the pandemic. But I still feel a bit frustrated, because we could be helping so many more! Many of our new clients are those who need assistance with their hearing, and...

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More Scientific Breakthroughs

Have you been keeping up with our daily news stories? Each day, here on our website and on our Facebook page, we post stories about the latest developments in the fields of sight and hearing. And recently, there’s been some news that it’s almost hard to believe. Just this week we...

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Spring Cleaning!

There’s really nothing like this part of the world in the springtime — especially, for those of us near the coast, once the marine layer lifts. Sunny days, nice breezes, cool nights. And as you emerge from the winter of your Covid discontent, you’re looking around and noticing...

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Discrimination Against the Deaf: How Can You Help?

This week there was a disturbing story in the news — one of many we’ve seen over the years — about a deaf man who was shooed out of a McDonald’s restaurant in Florida because it was just too hard for the staff to communicate with him. He went away hungry. You can read about...

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Deaf Awareness Week

Spoiler alert — Deaf Awareness Week was actually last week — my bad! However, it’s not an issue that’s going to go away, so I figured my friends would forgive the lapse. Each week we run news stories here on our website that highlight the issues around deafness in our...

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COVID Good News

We all need some good news — right? Well, I’m here for you. According to the Los Angeles Times, hospitalizations for COVID-19 in California are at their lowest point since the pandemic began. That represents a 93% drop since the peak in January — definitely cause for celebration!...

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Mother’s Day Cometh!

Here we go again — it’s almost here. A week from Sunday is Mother’s Day, and as usual, you have no idea what to do about it. Am I right? Also as usual, I’m here to help, with a new twist. If you’ve been reading these posts for a while, you won’t be surprised at...

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