#LoveYourEyes on World Sight Day 2021

Today is World Sight Day 2021 and I wanted to share 10 tips so you can carry out this year’s theme “Love Your Eyes.” According to the World Health Organization at least 1 billion people have a visual impairment that could have been prevented or hasn’t been addressed. Visual impairment affects so...

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BAD APPLE

This week I was going to tell you about Apple’s strong history of accessibility features, specifically how to turn AirPods into hearing aids. This amazing technology is easy to set up (see our article with four easy steps) and will help many people with hearing loss. Unfortunately, Apple’s strong...

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Sight Improving? That may not be a Good Sign!

You’d think that if your vision suddenly gets better, it’s a good thing — right? Well, sadly, no. The truth is that if you have poor eyesight and there’s an unexpected improvement it could be a sign that you have diabetes. I know, how does this even make sense? Actually, it’s pretty straight...

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Don’t Turn a Deaf Ear on ZOOM

Last week I talked about Zoom, and the ways it can affect your vision. This week I’m highlighting how Zoom or other video calls can be difficult for deaf or hard of hearing participants. Zoom meetings can be a great source of frustration for deaf workers, as we pointed out in our blog post...

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ZOOM: Blessing or Curse?

I have a bit if a love-hate relationship with the whole ZOOM phenomenon. In many ways it has been a blessing during the pandemic. Meeting via ZOOM is definitely not the same as meeting in person, but it’s allowed millions of kids to (sort of) keep up with their school work, and millions more...

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Going Electric

A few years back, one of our clients told us a scary story. Ramona Jensen was getting out of her car and, because she couldn’t hear well, she was unaware of an approaching truck. The driver barely stopped in time to avoid hitting her. You can read Ramona’s story here.   I thought...

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“I Cut Out the Middle Man.”

Once upon a time, Thomas Le worked for a hearing aid manufacturer. When the company moved out of the state, Thomas had an idea. He could order the devices wholesale and distribute them in California. About 10 years ago, he began working with LSH. “I came up with an idea,” he told us....

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Medicare Survey Results

Last week I asked you to complete a short survey about Medicare and the proposed expansion of benefits, including sight and hearing benefits. I am updating you on the initial results of our survey; we’ll keep you posted on this critical issue. Our first survey question had an overwhelming...

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Keys, Phone, Wallet . . . and Mask – AGAIN!

Covid-19 has been difficult for all of us but future LSH clients and others struggling with Sight and Hearing issues, it has had extra challenges. Muffled voices through masks add a layer of difficulty for those with sight issues and for friends in the Deaf community, who have had a hard time...

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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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