April 18, 2019
views on hearing loss

Two young women share how their views on hearing loss have changed

Phonak hEARo Ashley and HLM editor Kirsten recently met in person for the first time after an online friendship was built from their mutual love for travel and understanding of what it means to be a hard of hearing girl
April 2, 2019
deaf sports fans

Accessibility of stadiums and arenas for deaf sports fans

If you’re anything like me, you love attending sporting events, concerts, conferences, or anything held at a big stadium or arena.

I recently visited the famous Camp Nou, home of the Barcelona Football Club in Barcelona, Spain. When researching it …

March 28, 2019

When I’ve Used My Hearing Loss to My Advantage

I’ve written before on the advantages of being a hard of hearing traveler and the positives of my hearing loss as told by the people of my childhood.

I often focus on the difficulties that surround my inability to hear …

March 19, 2019

My Hearing Loss Inspired Me to Travel

I’ve been traveling full time for just over a year now. Now reflecting back, I see how my hearing loss has played a big role in inspiring me to travel.

The travel bug was instilled in me at a young …

March 6, 2019
positives of hearing loss

Rewind: Reflecting Back on the Positives About Hearing Loss

There was a period of time where I was resentful towards my hearing loss and hearing aids. Now that I’m finally getting to a better place of acceptance, I’ve reflected a lot on the positives.
February 28, 2019

Yoga and meditation classes are challenging with hearing loss

When you prefer high-intensity workouts, adjusting to slower-paced activities like yoga and meditation isn’t easy. It’s even more challenging attempting them with a hearing loss.

As a soccer player, working out is a key part of my everyday life. Stretching …

January 25, 2019
open about my hearing loss

Losing My Sister Helped Me be Open About My Hearing Loss

Four years ago, I received the most horrific news that my younger sister had passed away unexpectedly.

At the time, everyone around me tried to tell me, “She’s in a better place,” “There are lessons to be learned,” or “She …

January 10, 2019

Austin Philip, a deaf cricket player on the rise

Austin Philip’s first 2018 Deaf T-20 Cricket World Cup appearance didn’t result in a championship for Team Australia, but if he continues on his current path, he may well be holding the trophy someday.

At just 18 years old, Philip …

December 27, 2018
hearing test

Stress of a hearing test from a hard of hearing perfectionist

Life is full of tests. Academic tests, tests of patience, tests of strength, tests of courage. They’re never-ending, and they can be stressful and complicated.

I personally appreciate tests. I like learning and figuring out the takeaways from tests. Some …

November 22, 2018

A thank you letter to my hearing loss

After reflecting on what I am thankful for, I decided to write about why I am thankful for my hearing loss.

To My Hearing Loss:

When I was younger, I didn’t mind you. I don’t think I fully understood you. …

November 6, 2018
hard of hearing traveler

Packing Essentials for the Hard of Hearing Traveler

Traveling, in my opinion, is one of the greatest opportunities we have as human beings.

The ability to explore other cultures and experience other ways of living broadens your perspective on life. I think that we, as hard of hearing …

October 23, 2018
US Deaf Women's National Soccer Team

What it’s like being a player on the US Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team

I was mainstreamed growing up, so the only other people I saw or knew with hearing aids were ‘old’ people.

Until recently, I never really thought there was anyone else like me. Since joining the US Deaf Women’s National Soccer …

September 25, 2018
hiring deaf and hard of hearing people

Top benefits of hiring deaf and hard of hearing people

The gap between deaf and hearing employees in the United States is drastic.

According to “Deaf People and Employment in the United States: 2016“, published by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, in 2014, about 48 percent …

September 11, 2018
working with hearing loss

My experience working with hearing loss in the entertainment industry

Hearing in the workplace. Pretty essential and necessary, yes, but in today’s society when so much is done over email and the internet, it’s becoming less of a necessity.

I may be saying this just to make myself feel better …

August 30, 2018

Do you know about this deaf professional tennis player?

Many of us are tuning in over the next several days to watch the tennis US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Will Serena make it to the finals just months after having a baby? Will we see Nadal and …

August 13, 2018

How I communicate in sports with hearing loss

Sports are a huge part of our culture nowadays, whether you watch or play. Communication is a big part of sports, which differs for deaf and hard of hearing athletes, as they communicate visually when playing sports.

I played sports …

August 6, 2018
working with hearing loss

Hearing in the workplace: Working in the entertainment industry

Hearing in the workplace. Pretty essential and necessary, yes, but in today’s society when so much is done over email and the internet, it’s becoming less of a necessity.

I may be saying this just to make myself feel better …

July 13, 2018
world cup 2018

A deafie takes on the World Cup 2018

I recently had an opportunity to attend the World Cup and as a deafie I am happy to report that  FIFA and Russia did an incredible job to make sure the event was inclusive and accessible to all.

Beyond that, …

June 12, 2018
deaf soccer

A Deafie’s Guide to Soccer’s Biggest Event: World Cup 2018

Fans are getting ready to celebrate their love of soccer with the biggest soccer event that exists; World Cup 2018!

Like the Olympics, this event only comes around every four years, so from now until mid-July, expect most people to …

May 28, 2018
advantages of traveling with hearing loss

7 advantages of traveling with hearing loss

Having traveled over the last few months, I’ve actually realized there are several advantages of traveling with hearing loss. I didn’t realize there were advantages or accepted them until I spent an extensive amount of time away from my comfort