"What you don't know about hearing aids"

“What you don’t know about hearing aids” by Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens. Released March 2, 2024

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Watch Dr. Sterkens’ persuasive presentation recorded live at the November 4, 2023 TEDxOshkosh event at the Grand Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She sheds new light on the common misconceptions and limitations associated with hearing loss and hearing aids. In the presentation, Sterkens highlights the importance of Bluetooth accessories, communication strategies, and ADA-mandated assistive listening systems. Sterkens, an advocate for the widespread installation of hearing loops in public venues and the activation of telecoils in hearing aids, illustrates their benefits through personal anecdotes and professional insights.

TEDxOshkosh talk and information about Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens

Hearing Loop Resources

  • Loop Wisconsin (website). Dr. Sterkens informational website for consumers and professionals about her hearing loop work and advocacy in Wisconsin.
  • Hearing Loop Toolkit, (free, Hearing Loss Association of America, website). This comprehensive toolkit helps you advocate for hearing loops in your community, and includes success stories, best practices, international standards, posters, etc.
  • Hearing loop research. (Hearing Review, February 28, 2024, website). Improvements in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), ranging from approximately 5 to 30 dB, highlight the substantial benefits these technologies offer individuals in real-world listening situations. “How Hearing Loops and Induction Coils Improve SNR in Public Spaces” 
  • Hearing loop lists (website). Hearing loops are available in 30+ countries. For hearing loop lists in the United States, Canadian provinces, and a few from other countries, click on the link. In the United States, if a site doesn’t have a hearing loop, it must have an FM or infrared assistive listening system. Places of worship are generally exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, our website)-check with your state.
  • 1-minute videos: Hear the difference a hearing loop makes (our website). Several examples include: airports, service counters, lectures, concerts, subways, and churches
  • Short videos: What is a hearing loop? (our website). 9 videos, ranging between 2 and 5+ minutes.
  • Facebook: Get in the Hearing Loop and Twitter (X): Get in the Hearing Loop

Your Input About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

  • Share your hearing loss/hearing aid experiences and ideas. The National Academies’ Committee on “Meaningful Outcome Measures in Adult Hearing Health Care” (website) is inviting patients/consumers, clinicians, and other community partners to share their perspectives on hearing health care. Easy form to complete with only one question box; write as little or as much that you wish.