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Ellie Parfitt

Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, working as a Marketing Executive for a Spa & Health Club, Events and Promotions Staff for a local newspaper as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.

4 tips for driving with hearing loss

There’s a myth that deaf people can’t drive… I’m not sure why people think that.  I would say that we definitely CAN drive and drive very well.

Driving can be be more challenging with a hearing loss, as it requires more visual concentration, but there are some techniques that make it easier. 

Here are four common scenarios and tips that I’ve found make it easier to drive with hearing loss:

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How to choose a deaf-friendly bank

When you are deaf, deciding on a bank is more than what financial services the bank has to offer. It is also about accessibility. 

It’s not always easy to know which bank will meet our individual needs, especially in regards to customer services and communication methods.

When looking into services for deaf people on bank’s websites, accessibility isn’t always easy to spot. Here are some tips for finding a deaf-friendly bank:

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Can my child learn to play a musical instrument with their hearing loss?

I always say that anything is possible in life, although it would be a perfectly understandable assumption for people to think that some activities could be too difficult for deaf people.

Some might believe that music isn’t the easiest medium for deaf or hard of hearing people to access, but luckily there are many inspirational deaf musicians, such as Mandy Harvey, Sean Forbes and Evelyn Glennie who are fantastic ambassadors and proof that music can be enjoyable to all.

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Artist reimagines Disney princesses, superheroes with hearing aids

Jeana Chavez’s passion for art started from a young age. With supportive parents, her creativity has shone through education, career and her art hobby. Creating masterpieces to inspire others, it highlights her passion to break down stigmas around hearing loss.

Outside from her day job, as a Buyer and Merchandiser for a Sunglass and Optical company, Jeana spends her spare time painting and creating illustrations.

“Art is a huge part of my identity and has always played a huge role in my life. I’ve been lucky to incorporate my art in everything I do,” she says.

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Is this the future of accessibility in the theatre for deaf people?

Theatre trips can be difficult with a hearing loss, but will these revolutionary caption glasses technology be the start of an on-demand accessible experience for deaf people?

As I was growing up, family days out were challenging for me with a profound hearing loss. Like cinema trips, theatre performances were never an ideal option for me.

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Deaf model from Starbucks’ commercial: ‘Life waits for no one’

Alma, deaf model, moved to Los Angeles with only $1,000. From right then she began to pursue her dream of being a fashion model. She works as a full-time hostess but recently was on a Starbucks advert signing about what makes her life good. 

Alma was born and raised in Sierra Leone in West Africa, she has a profound hearing loss in one ear and 50 percent hearing loss in the other. She wears a single hearing aid and communicates in American Sign Language (ASL), as well as using her voice.

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