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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.

Deaf dancer Chris Fonseca encourages others to ‘Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it.’

Contracting meningitis at a young age and losing the ability to hear in both ears hasn’t stopped Chris Fonseca from defying all odds to achieve his passion of becoming a profoundly deaf dancer.

Chris wears a cochlear implant in one ear. He uses British Sign Language and speech to help him communicate. Chris is the only deaf person in his family. At the age of 12, his Aunty encouraged him to watch ‘Breakin’, a themed comedy featuring 1984 break dancing. Soon after, he spent hours in his bedroom teaching himself dance moves. He did this by watching visual dance movements on repeat.

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Short film ‘The Silent Child’ premieres in August to raise deaf awareness

The Silent Child is a short film based on a true story about a deaf child. It is written by Rachel Shenton (as seen on Switched at Birth) and was made through crowdfunding to raise deaf awareness.

After months of filming, editing, and crowdfunding, the time has finally come; the cast and crew of ‘The Silent Child’ production are preparing their new short film for premieres in Rhode Island and London.

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4 things you’ll only understand if you use a Roger Pen

The Phonak Roger Pen, a hearing-aid compatible wireless microphone, is a great tool for people with hearing loss, but the sleek design and incognito superpowers of the hearing technology can sometimes confuse people.  
I use my Roger Pen at work during meetings, at restaurants when I’m out with friends, with teachers in the classroom and many other situations. When I first tell people about my Roger Pen they think it’s great. But sometimes, they just don’t get how it works!
 
Here are 4 funny (and sometimes frustrating) situations I’ve found myself in when using the Roger Pen:
 

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Deaf is Cool! Fashion brand breaks down stigmas of hearing loss

Have you ever wanted to visually express your hearing loss?

I’m proudly living with hearing loss, and know that I’m able to achieve anything even with my deafness. I’ve seen more and more products allowing deaf people to show the world that being deaf is cool, including  Louder Jewlery

Recently I came across these T-shirts on Instagram from an up-coming fashion brand, ‘Deaf Is Cool.’ I had the chance to interview the founder, Andre. 

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Good Vibrations Music Festival: Q&A with Emma Rudkin

Have you ever felt that a concert or festival hasn’t been accessible to you, due to your hearing loss? Would you dream of going to a fully-accessible deaf-aware festival? Guess what? It’s happening!

The‘Good Vibrations Music and Arts Festival’ is happening later this month in Texas, and I had the chance to talk to the festival organizer, Emma Rudkin about the event. 

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What happened when I went to my first audiology appointment alone

Over the last 20 years of my life, audiology appointments have become a regular commitment in my life, due to my profound hearing loss.

Up until I turned 18, I was in the children’s Audiology department, and for each routine appointment and check-up I would visit my audiologist with my parents. Now that I’m older, I’m enrolled in the adult department, where allow for more independence, such as booking appointments when you feel it’s convenient to do so.

Growing up and becoming more independent with my hearing aids have been an interesting experience. Here’s what I encountered during my first audiology appointment alone:

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