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Ellen Parfitt
Ellie was born profoundly deaf, but it hasn’t prevented her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as finishing her education, working as a Marketing Executive for a Spa & Health Club company, Pool Lifeguard, Events and Promotions Staff and Girlguide leader.
She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning and writing for her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.

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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3 ways my mom helped me succeed with hearing loss

 
Here are three ways she has helped me succeed, despite my hearing loss:

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How to learn sign language

In the hearing loss community, sign language is one of the major forms of communication used.

It consists of hand movements, hand shapes as well as facial expressions and lip patterns in order to demonstrate what people want to say.

Sign language is often used instead of spoken English in Deaf communities, as some people with hearing loss have been brought up solely using sign language  to communicate with family or friends. Of course, even those with normal or limited hearing can also learn this wonderful, expressive language! 

Here are my tips to learn sign language:

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