Monique Hammond – Hearing Loss Expert

Award Winning Advocate, Author and Pharmacist

Prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Industry
Employee Safety Education / Training and Video
Educating and Motivating employees to preserve their hearing on and off the job.
Helping those with hearing loss.


To inquire about Safety Meeting Presentations, the Video, Hearing Loss or other Ear or Hearing Issue:


email Monique at

[email protected]

or call at 612-729-0082



Workshops / Training and VIDEO

Improve Safety and Prevent Hearing Damage at Your Organization.

A loud noise exposure contributed to my hearing loss, which eventually cost me my job.  I tell people what it is like to have hearing loss and why it is important to protect their hearing.  I also stress that working without ear protection can lead to physical injury, falls, bangs or hurting their fellow workers.
To inquire about Safety Meeting Presentations for Employees or Train the Trainer Sessions for Safety Professionals, Supervisors or Safety Committee Members,
email Monique at
or call at 612-729-0106
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Protecting Ears Saves Careers

Training:  For Employers in Industry: Manufacturing, Utilities, Construction, Safety Officials

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Employee education on ear/hearing safety
  • Possible Side effects of hearing loss
  • Hearing Loss Prevention strategies


Contact for Availability and Booking

Training: Distraction Equals Unsafe


Training:  For Businesses, Employers who would like to Improve Safety by eliminating accidents and injuries caused by Distracted Workers. 

This new presentation addresses the myth of “multitasking” as well as some of the distractions that can lead to physical injury: loud sound, devices, fatigue, some medications, personal issues etc.    Better understanding and awareness can reduce the risk of getting hurt.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • What is a Distraction?   Why Does Distraction Lead to Accident / Injury?
  • How these Can distract:
  • Loud Sound, 
  • Cellphones,  MP3 Players
  • Certain Medications,  Fatigue,  Stress
  • What to Do?


Contact for Availability and Booking

Video: For Businesses and Employers - Utilities / Industry / Construction / Mining

- an 18 minute DVD for individual or group Safety Meetings

Video:   Topics

  •  Noise is Everywhere – On and Off the Job
  •  How We Hear
  •  The Effects of Noise Damage to the Ears –  Where the Damage Occurs
  •  Daily Noise Exposure – the noise dose  —   Examples:  60 dB   85 dB   110 dB
  •  Hearing Loss is a Quality of Life Issue
  •  Protect your ears  On and Off the Job!

-- Cover Saving Ears Two at a Time VIDEO 4-2016


Preview: Saving Ears Two at a Time DVD


To Purchase a DVD or get license to use on your Learning Management System
email Monique at
or call at 612-729-0082

Contact for Availability and Booking


Help your organization streamline the work relationship between normal-hearing employees and those who are hearing-challenged through mutual understanding. She will guide you to look for ways to solve issues so that all reach their full potential on the job. Monique’s consulting expertise covers:

  • Hearing loss basics
  • Hearing loss as a communication issue
  • Misunderstandings
  • Accommodation basics
  • Identifying and resolving issues

You can take a lead in supporting hearing-challenged employees at your organization.

Speaking & Keynotes

Shhh! Noise-induced Hearing Loss

Categories: Public Education on Ear and / Hearing Safety, Hearing Loss Prevention, Advocacy

Interested parties:

  • General public – especially those with noisy jobs and/or leisure activities
  • Employers
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Seniors
  • Public Health officials

Some topics: How we hear, rising social/recreational noise levels, industrial noise, hearing loss consequences and prevention

Hearing Loss: A Public Health Issue!

Categories: Information, Public Education, Prevention, Advocacy

Interested parties:

  • General Public
  • Parents & Educators
  • Seniors groups
  • Public Health officials
  • Safety Organizations
  • Community Service organizations

Some topics: Statistics, rising noise pollution, at-risk populations, lack of targeted public education efforts

Induction Loops and Other Listening Devices - to help those with Hearing Loss

Categories: Public education on ear/hearing help; technology; devices, access

Interested parties:

  • General public – especially those with hearing loss
  • Public venues: churches, museums, city councils, libraries, conference halls
  • Building managers
  • Public Health officials

Some topics: Hearing loss and assistive listening devices; what is a loop; who can benefit and how?

When Ears Ring: Tinnitus!

Categories: Information, Awareness, Support

Interested parties:

  • Those with tinnitus
  • Those who live with people with tinnitus
  • Health providers: doctors, nurses, nursing home staff, social workers, etc.

Some topics: What is tinnitus? Emotional burden, management strategies and research

Ear-harmful Chemicals? Making Sense of Ototoxicity

Categories: Medical Information, Public Education, Prevention

Interested parties:

  • General public
  • Health care providers; caregivers
  • Alternative health practitioners
  • Social workers;

Some topics: What is ototoxicity? Examples of known and suspected substances, complicating issues, strategies for staying safe

Experienced. Knowledgeable.
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What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss – Second Edition

What Did You Say? is the book author Monique Hammond wishes she had when she was coping with and trying to understand her own sudden hearing loss.

Weaving together her story with a wealth of information—causes of and types of hearing loss, audiology tests, hearing instruments and listening devices, support groups and organizations, resources and checklists, to name a few— Hammond’s wisdom and insight is invaluable, and her story is one that needs to be shared.

This newly revised second edition provides its readers with:

• Noise-induced hearing loss research news
• Expanded Assistive Listening Device (ALD) and Hearing Loop information
• Aural Rehabilitation for hearing aid and implant clients
• News on implantable hearing devices (including cochlear, bone-conduction and others)
• Over 50 new diagrams, pictures, charts and graphs

What Did You Say? provides readers with the information to understand their conditions, be involved with their care, persevere, and become their own patient advocates.


Monique is a hearing loss expert. She was a pharmacist at University of Minnesota Hospital, but had to quit her job after she lost hearing in one ear at a church fundraiser (very loud band).


Monique then did 5 years of research and wrote the book.   By popular demand, Monique revised the book, added pictures and charts and has provided new information about hearing loss and devices that can help.


Monique was twice appointed by the Governor to the Commission of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MCDHH).  She was also elected twice as President of the Hearing Loss Association of America local chapter.


Monique has given 40 presentations to employees and over 70 presentations to community groups about hearing loss due to noise.


What Did You Say has been approved by the following organizations:

American-Tinnitus-Associationhearing_loss_association_of_americaInternational Hearing Foundation logo

“A terrific academic job putting together the problem of hearing loss as it can affect lives in a very serious and personal manner.”
– Michael M. Paparella, M.D., President of the Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute, Professor & Chairman Emeritus – Department of Otolaryngology University of Minnesota – Founder of the International Hearing Foundation (IHF)

“Sharing your experiences and expertise with others is such a gift… turning adversity into an amazing life and learning experience.”
– S.S., Communications Consultant

“The book is very interesting and powerful in how it conveys the disability associated with losing a sense we usually take for granted…”
– G.K., MD


To Purchase a Book – please click on one of the following links:

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My Book


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IMG_1756 (1)Pharmacist Monique Hammond has always been a passionate believer in the power of prevention through patient education. Now she has a new mission: To keep people hearing better, longer.

A Sudden Hearing Loss upended her life in a matter of four hours. Monique had to quit her job as a pharmacist. She then learned how precious the gift of good hearing really is.

In her book “What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss,” Monique shares her story. Most importantly, she passes forward to the readers what she learned the hard way about ears and hearing.

Monique puts her personal experience and extensive knowledge to good use during training and consulting sessions as well as speaking engagements.

Monique Hammond graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. She has worked in health care in Europe, the United States and Australia. She was appointed by the governor to the Commission for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans (MCDHH). She served two terms and was vice-chair.

Monique is currently Executive Director and Senior Consultant at Ralph D. Thomas and Associates, Inc. She is a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and has been elected twice president of the local chapter.

To inquire about Safety Meeting Presentations,  Hearing Loss,  Tinnitus or other Ear and Hearing Issues


email Monique at

[email protected]


or call at 612-729-0082



During her tenure with the Commission for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans (MCDHH), Monique Hammond staunchly represented the interests of people with hearing loss. Unaware that she had even been considered, she was honored with the Commission’s Citizen Advocate Award at the Capitol in Saint Paul by popular vote of her peers.

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Damage to the inner ear and hearing loss can be prevented. Contact Monique today.

She can help you find the best options in prevention, education, and coping.

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