As I consider the people who have made a positive impact on my life and enabled me to live more fully with hearing loss, I realize that that list is long.
My hearing journey started in 1978 and has been a dramatic two-act play. For more than 30 years I did not think about my hearing loss. Rather, I kept it in the back of my thoughts.
In fact, I tried hard and acted as if I did not think about it. Survival was simply trying to make life as “normal” as I could and not let on. Part of that was the dearth of resources and organizations back then that were not connected to the medical field and with whom I could connect. Part of it was a willful disregard of the hearing loss community even as it grew into prominence and importance for all of us. It took me many years to consider myself part of it.
All that changed for the good in 2009.
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