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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.

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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Deaf twins start lifestyle blog ‘Being Her’

Not only do deaf twins Hermon and Heroda always look stylish and confident, but they also stand as examples of embracing their hearing loss and living out their dreams through their lifestyle blog ‘Being Her’.

Born and raised in Eritrea, Africa, the Hermon and Heroda became deaf at age seven due to unknown causes. Although they have moderate hearing loss, they communicate using speech, British Sign Language and their Phonak hearing aids.

Posted in Blog Lifestyle

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Deaf model’s cochlear implant photoshopped from ad

We at proudly promote #DeafTalent – whether through the “Phonak hEARo” program, sharing stories of inspirational individuals or connecting with members of the community – when we learned about an incident involving a deaf model being misrepresented, we knew we had to talk about it in efforts to continue to break down stigmas around hearing loss. 

When former Miss Deaf South Africa posed for an advertisement for a local chain of health clubs she was excited about the prospects of seeing herself on billboards… until she saw the published ad.  

Model and dancer Simone Botha Welgemoed said the advert, which shows her in pose with her blonde hair pulled up in a tight bun, is missing one prominent and personal feature: her cochlear implant. 

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Meet Sean Forbes, the deaf rapper who is inspiring a generation

Anyone who says deafness is a silent epidemic hasn’t heard Sean Forbes. 

The 35-year-old American hip-hop artist has been inspiring a generation of hearing, hard-of-hearing and Deaf individuals for years, as a musician who continues to break ground and stereotypes with his beats.  

With his newly-released single, “Two Blown Speakers,”  Forbes is proving his hearing loss won’t stand in the way of his passions. 

Posted in Blog Music

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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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