Coping

Jan L. Mayes reviews and opinions on coping with chronic conditions like tinnitus, hyperacusis, hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.

Over The Counter PSAP/Hearing Aid Sound Quality Check

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAP) or Hearing Aid (HAs) are for people with mild high frequency HL (hearing loss). Like OTC reading glasses for mild vision loss. Smith et al. (2016) found 100% of low cost PSAP (<$150), 66% of high cost PSAP (>$150) and 66% of low cost HAs (<$500/one) failed to …

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Hearing Healthcare Impact of Over The Counter PSAP & Hearing Aids

[revised 10/15/17] 2016 OTC PSAP-Over-The-Counter Personal Sound Amplification Product for mild hearing loss sold for years. Like reading glasses for vision loss. PSAP not classified as a medical device. HAs-Hearing aids are classified as medical devices by FDA. OTC HAs for mild hearing loss sold for years. Science found 66% of OTC HAs were defective: …

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Tinnitus Hyperacusis Hyper Ears Family History

Bald people don’t go around saying they have alopecia. Tinnitus and hyperacusis are family. Hyperacusis is the forgotten fraternal twin of Tinnitus. Tinnitus is like Marsha, the oldest sister on The Brady Bunch. Hyperacusis is Jan, the ignored middle sister. Jan whines: Marsha, marsha, marsha. Why is it all about Marsha? Why won’t anybody pay …

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Marketing to Consumers with Tinnitus & Hyperacusis

Tinnitus is from hyperactivity in the brain’s hearing system. People hear extra sounds in their ears or head like ringing or buzzing. About 20% of people who have it are distressed by it to some degree. Hyperacusis is from hyperactivity in the brain’s hearing system. People hear sounds extra loud. Painfully. As if the loudness …

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