Real People. Real Stories. is an online community for people whose lives are affected by hearing loss. We bring together people from all around the world to share stories that inspire hope in almost any hearing loss situation. We created this site with a simple idea: Sharing our stories with each other is a powerful thing. Together, we can learn to live with hearing loss more successfully and advocate in a more meaningful way.
All of our stories are written by hard-of-hearing people, family members of loved ones with hearing loss or hearing loss experts.

Editorial Staff

jill von Bueren



Jill von Bueren



kirsten brackett


    Managing Editor

Kirsten Brackett 



lisa goldstein


    Assistant Editor

Lisa Goldstein



Writers on HearingLikeMe consist of a wide variety of people with or affected by hearing loss.

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Regular contributors include, among others, the following:

Anna Biggins 

Ellen Parfit

Ashley Derrington

D.J. Demers

Jaime Del Pizzo

Jacqueline Drexler

Lucie Herridge

Phillip Hilton

Melissa Hyder

Morgan Snook

Stu Nunnery

Want to Contribute?

Are you a writer, videographer, or just looking for people with hearing loss to connect with?

Join our community! Connect with us on social media, or apply to be a Phonak hEARo.

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Who Owns This Site?

The short answer is that if you’re a member of this community, you do.

If you’re asking who actually pays the bills to keep the lights on, the answer is Phonak. Phonak has been creating solutions to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss for more than 70 years. If you wear hearing aids, have cochlear implants, or know someone who does, there’s a fairly good chance that they were designed by Phonak or one of its sister companies.

Our members have turned this website into a valuable resource that provides inspiration and voice.

Join us and share your stories!


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