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Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month!

05/01/2022 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

The glorious month of May has finally arrived. For those of us on the East Coast, this lovely time of year means a warming sun, the return of the birds that now chirp away in the trees, and lilacs, daffodils and forsythia in full bloom.

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And the Oscar goes to…

04/01/2022 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

Did you watch the Academy Awards this year? As an avid movie-goer, it’s a show I never miss. Sitting in my favorite spot my couch with popcorn in hand, I watch from start to finish. I love the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. I thought Nicole Kidman’s blue Armani gown stole the show, although Beyonce certainly wowed in her yellow caped Valentino.

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Top o’ the Mornin’ to Ya

03/01/2022 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

This month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, that late winter holiday when there’s plenty of wearin’ of the green and drinkin’ of the beer! Like most American holidays, it’s one of good cheer. People clad in green down hefty portions of corned beef and cabbage and hoist brimming mugs of green Guinness. Everyone is Irish on March 17.

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Buyer Beware!

02/01/2022 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. They will soon be available for sale to “people 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss.” As a long-time hearing aids user, I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s wise to sell them online or at big box stores. Hearing instruments are considered a medical device that require a prescription, just like eyeglasses.

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Happy New Hear!

01/01/2022 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

The title of my blog this week looks like it has typo in it, right? You’re thinking it should say Happy New Year instead of Happy New Hear. If you look at the computer keyboard, you’ll see the y is right above the h. So, it makes perfect sense that I could have hit the wrong key. I didn’t. I do wish everyone a Happy New Year—filled with good fortune and good health—however for me, 2022 started off with new hearing.

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After Thoughts

12/02/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

How was your Thanksgiving? That’s the question that most people are hearing from friends and co-workers, now that the holiday is over. This year’s turkey day was exceptionally good for me. A total of 15 of my relatives, including four little ones and two babies, shared the fun and the feast. Before we dug in, we each listed the three things we’re most thankful for.

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A Feast for Your Ears

11/15/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

Thanksgiving in one of, if not the, most anticipated meal of the year. How do I know? The National Turkey Federation (yes, there is such an organization) says 88 percent of all Americans eat turkey at the big November dinner. That translates into 46 million turkeys being consumed each year. I think it’s safe to say, we look forward to this annual feast.

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Why Not Me?

09/22/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

Bad things happen to good people all the time. When they do, it’s easy to have a pity party. You kick it off by muttering that well-worn phrase, “Why Me?”, then you’re off and running. After all, you’re a good person, you work hard, you’re responsible, and you try to be kind to others. It’s just not fair! You did nothing to deserve the plateful of bad fortune you’ve been dished up, and so you ask, “Why Me?

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Helping Kids Cope with COVID

09/15/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

We all thought by now COVID-19 would be nothing more than a bad memory. We all thought we’d only be saying the word “mask” at Halloween. And I, for one, never thought I’d still be standing six feet away from the person in front of me at the grocery store. I truly believed by now, we’d be home free. But with recent surge, thanks to the Delta variant, we’re still in the grips of COVID-19.

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Going for the Gold

08/17/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

After 17 days of competition Team USA once again made Americans proud. Our athletes took home the most medals at this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo: 133 to be exact. China followed with a total of 88 medals. And while China led the race for the gold throughout the Games, the US Women’s Volleyball team won our 39th gold medal on the final day of competition, edging out China’s 38. Russian athletes garnered 71 medals, including 20 gold, and Japan, the host country, won a record number of gold medals at 27.

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Changing the World Forever

08/03/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

A few days ago, I had to replace a light bulb in my kitchen. As I was climbing up on my step stool and unscrewing the dead bulb, I got to thinking what life would be like without the electric light, and exactly how it came to be. I decided to do some research on the scientist who was responsible for creating this life-changing invention: Thomas Alva Edison.

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07/20/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

It's Summertime. Rollout those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda and pretzels and beer. Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer. That first verse of that golden oldie from 1963 says it all. The season for being a little bit lazy and maybe just a tiny bit crazy is here.

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You’re Never Too Young for Hearing Instruments

06/28/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

Today I’d like you to meet a friend of mine. She is a 13-year-old who wears hearing aids. Like many people, she hesitated to get them, and it took some time for her to adjust when she did. But instead of me telling her story, I’ll let her do that. Here it is in her own words. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Eden Emenecker.

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Welcome to Better Hearing and Speech Month

05/13/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

I recently read that May is national smile month. I knew it was also Better Hearing and Speech month, so I wondered what other things we mark during a year. I began to look into it and was amazed at what I found. There’s a month set aside for almost everything!

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Hearing vs. Listening: They’re very Different!

04/29/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

“You never told me that.” “Yes, I did, but you weren’t listening. You never listen to anything I say!” Does that little conversation sound familiar? I’d venture to guess that most couples have had some version of that exchange more than once.

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Better Late than Never

04/21/2021 | Claudia Hensen's Blog Series

You’re never too old to enjoy better hearing. Just ask Jim DeSapio. He recently got his first pair of hearing instruments at the age of 71 and couldn’t be happier. “I felt bad for my wife, because I had trouble hearing her,” he says.

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