Teens and confidentiality

When my primary care patients reach high school age, or sometimes before, I kick their parents out of the exam room. I don’t do it right at the beginning of the visit. I meet with them both first, to see what the parents are worried about (teens don’t always tell me), and to get updated… Read More »

8 tips for dealing with restaurant noise when you wear hearing aids

Restaurant noise is challenging, coming from all directions. There’s the chatter of dining patrons, the backdrop of plates and glasses clanging, and more than likely a stream of loud music booming overhead as people scoot in and out of chairs scraping against floors. Even the chef may be audible: The open-kitchen styles that are so trendy these days… Read More »