Episode 2: How Hearing Works – Eddy the Ear gets personal as he talks about how the ear works and the different types of hearing loss.
Meet Eddy the Ear as he speaks out on the importance of hearing protection
You’ve been fit as a fiddle your whole life. What are the odds you could actually have hearing loss? According to researchers, chances are really high. Dr. Frank R. Lin, MD, Ph.D at Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health said in a recent article:
“…the prevalence of a clinically-significant hearing loss nearly doubles with each age decade such that nearly two- thirds of all adults over 70 years has a meaningful hearing loss.”
Hearing loss is a bit more ubiquitous than many of us may realize. As a result, we should periodically have our hearing evaluated by a hearing care professional to ensure early treatment if needed and to avoid the negative health consequences associated with untreated hearing loss. It has been linked to depression, feelings of loneliness and isolation, an increased risk of hypertension, and even an increased tendency for falling.
As the years go by, the odds are high that you may have some degree of hearing loss. Don’t roll the dice with your hearing health by ignoring the signs or procrastinating taking action. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional today!
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IRS Warns of Scam Targeting Hard of Hearing Citizens
If you have hearing loss, you know that even the simplest things like picking up groceries, meeting friends for lunch, or understanding conversations over the phone can be a challenge. Hearing loss, if left untreated, could leave a lot of room for vulnerability of safety and security. Recently, the IRS has warned about several new scams aimed at those with hearing loss. Scammers try to take advantage of anyone they can, and those in the deaf and hard of hearing community who struggle to communicate might seem like an easy target.
Who are Scammers Targeting?
The true of the matter is that con artists will take every opportunity they can get to steal your money, personal information, or even your identity. Since people with hearing loss have more difficulty understanding conversations and can easily miss key details, they’ve been the victims of several new scams.
Fake IRS Agents
Con artists target hard of hearing individuals, pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS. Responsible for collecting taxes, the IRS rarely contacts you, and a call from the IRS would certainly be unusual. Scammers call to inform you of problems with your account, ask for banking information, or request your social security number. They might demand payment, get aggressive, or even threaten to involve the police.
The Video Relay Scam
The latest scam the IRS has been seeing recently preys on people’s trust in the video relay assistance program. Video relay is an amazing program designed to help deaf and hard of hearing people communicate over the phone. It is a video telecommunication service that connects the individual to a sign language interpreter who signs what the caller on the other end is speaking. All in real time, the video relay service gives the same power of connectivity to deaf and hard of hearing Americans that those with normal hearing enjoy.
Unfortunately, scammers have begun targeting hard of hearing Americans through the video relay service. The service will connect any call, and the interpreter’s job is to help you communicate, not protect you from fraud or theft. Calling over the video relay service may make the scammer seem legitimate, but don’t trust them just because they’re using technology you use to help you communicate.
The Real IRS: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe
Real IRS agents will never make aggressive calls, or threaten you with police involvement. Even getting a phone call from the IRS should tip you off that something isn’t quite right. The IRS always sends letters in the mail to explain taxes owed, and you’ll never get a phone call out of the blue to collect money or personal information. They have set procedures for people with tax issues, and none of them involve harassment or fear mongering.
If the person on the phone is asking for money on the spot, hang up! A real IRS agent won’t ask for your credit card number, or demand payment without giving you time to ask questions or appeal the amount owed.
Have You Received a Suspicious Call?
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, but they ask too many questions or try to threaten you, don’t disclose any personal information, and hang up the phone. If you are concerned about the safety of your account, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to confirm your tax payment status and ensure your account is secure.
It’s also a good idea to report the phone call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484, or file a complaint form with the FTC Complaint Assistant, so the caller can be stopped.
What to Do if You’ve Been a Victim of Fraud
You may have been the victim of identity theft or a scam if you receive a letter from the IRS about a suspicious claim on your account. Protect yourself by placing a fraud alert on your account, and submit an Identity Theft Affidavit if you think someone may have your social security number. You can find out more information about common scams by visiting the IRS website at irs.gov and typing ‘scams’ into the search box.
If you are hard of hearing or are struggling with hearing loss, it’s time to take action. Don’t let hearing loss hold you back, or put you at risk.
Credit: Atlanta Hearing Doctor
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Parents, as you begin to prepare your child for a new school year, consider preparing your child’s teacher by sending an “introductory” or “re-introduction” letter.
The letter allows you the opportunity to provide information about your child’s hearing status, remind the teacher about your child’s specific needs, and offer the teacher an opportunity to make classroom preparations necessary for an optimal learning environment.
Sample letter outline for parents:
Date: [Date you are writing the letter]
To: [Teacher’s name]
Re: [Insert your child’s name]’s hearing loss and the classroom this school year
Dear [Insert teacher’s name],
- State the reason for the letter
- Include a picture of your child for familiarization of your child’s face
- Provide an overview of your child’s hearing loss, including current hearing status with what hearing device(s) they use, and any new changes in health or development.
- Provide background information on your child’s hearing loss in the classroom. This would include information regarding last year’s educational placement and anticipated needs this year.
- Restate your child’s hearing needs including providing information on your child’s hearing devices:
- Include any literature or user guide information on your child’s hearing loss device(s).
- Provide contact information for your child’s audiologist and when his/her last appointment occurred.
- Provide the manufacturer support information including the website and customer service contact information in case the teacher can’t reach you or your child’s audiologist.
- Provide guidance to the teacher regarding the importance of your child wearing his device all day, every day. Clearly state what settings the device should be on and the importance of verifying that the device is working each day and how to accomplish daily listening checks.
- Restate your child’s hearing needs in the classroom, including:
- Outline any classroom accommodations that may be necessary. These would include preferential seating, use of Wireless Mini-Microphone 2+, FM/Roger systems, list any special services they will be pulled out for and provide an overview of any physical limitations your child may have.
- Highlights of your child’s IEP including any additional services they will be receiving this new school year.
- Provide information on all school personnel that will be working with your child this school year.
- Outline some potential boundaries to access for your child and easy things the teacher can do outside of the IEP, including eliminate background noise by shutting the door, face the students when speaking, avoid obscuring face with hands/objects, closed captioning, etc.
- An overview of any summer services your child participated in and include copies of any pertinent reports that you want the teacher to review prior to the start of the school year.
- Summarize again the reason for the letter and why it is important to you.
- Thank the teacher for their time and efforts on behalf of your child.
- Highlight the importance of open communication between the entire educational team that supports your child.
- Provide your contact information and the best time to reach you.
[Sign your name]
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