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Hearing Aid Heroes: Whoopi Goldberg

One of the most recognizable African-American performers, Whoopi Goldberg has not let her hearing aids slow her down. Her high achievements even when dealing with hearing loss can help everyone who struggles with hearing loss believe that their hearing loss does not need to hold them back.

Whoopi Goldberg Achieves Beyond Hearing Struggles And More

This rollicking comedian grew up in the projects of New York and was a high school dropout. But with determination, she rose above her origins and other personal struggles to become one of the few individuals who has earned an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy (EGOT).  Thanks to her high visibility, Goldberg has been able to be an effective advocate for many civil rights groups. Once she went public with her hearing loss, Goldberg became a public advocate for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which foundation donates hearing aids to those in need free of charge.

Knowlege of Goldberg’s hearing loss struggles has only been available in the last few years. She has ascribed her hearing loss to being a music lover who “likes everything loud” according to her discussion on ‘The View’, a daytime talk show Goldberg co-hosts.

Hearing Safety Recommendations

When it comes to protecting your hearing, here are a number of things you should be doing to keep your hearing intact.

  • Wear earplugs – If you are going to be in noisy environments, be sure to pack some earplugs. There are discreetly colored earplugs if you don’t want to advertise that you are wearing earplugs.
  • Lower the volume – One of the main hearing loss advice Goldberg has given is that you should protect your hearing while listening to audible media. Her own love of rock music is what she suspects has damaged her hearing and she has spoken to teens about the importance of lowering the volume of their music. You should not go above 60% volume on an audible media.
  • Check your medication – There are many varieties of medications which are ototoxic, which can temporarily or permanently damage your hearing, depending on what you are using. Be sure to ask your physician about the ototoxic potential before filling a prescription.

Keep Your Hearing And Hearing Aids Protected

Goldberg has said she only wears her hearing aids around the house. However, this is not the recommended way to best utilize your hearing aids. You should wear your hearing aids all throughout the day, with the only exception being during times where the hearing aids could become wet. This will allow the connection between the auditory nerve and the brain to remain strong and keep your hearing from degrading further.

To make sure your hearing and hearing aids are in the best order possible, you will want to work with our audiologists. They can not only help you find the right hearing aids but they can also assist in fine-tuning all your hearing needs. Contact us today for an appointment with the best audiologists in Southern Utah.

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