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Kirsten Brackett
Kirsten is junior editor of Hearing Like Me. She has a moderate hearing loss and currently wears Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids.

Outside of working for Hearing Like Me, she can be found exploring new cities, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or hiking. She loves learning about different cultures and languages and is currently learning French.

New movie ‘Wonderstruck’ shines spotlight on deaf culture

What is it like to have a father who doesn’t know how to empathize or sympathize with a child’s deafness?

That’s the base of a new movie called Wonderstruck, which stars 14-year-old deaf actress Millicent (Millie) Simmonds, who plays the role of 12-year-old Rose, a deaf child from 1927 who runs away to New York City in search of her favorite silent movie actress.

Directed by Todd Haynes, Wonderstruck is based on the book written by Brian Selznick, who also wrote the scripts for the movie. The movie showcases #deaftalent and highlights themes of deafness in different eras of history.

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Ellen interviews 10-year-old boy raising money for hearing aids to give to others

Hard-of-hearing, 10-year-old Braden Baker, fell off his chair when he found out he was going to be on Ellen to be interviewed about why he is raising money to help others in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

He has raised over $23,000 to give hearing aids to people who need them, but cannot afford them. Braden has a 75 percent hearing loss in both ears and has been wearing hearing aids since he was seven months old. He mentions how his funding originally started after his dog ate his hearing aids multiple times.

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You’ll never believe what happened when this man lost his hearing aids in the ocean

Ken Ashton lost his Audéo V hearing aids in the water while kayaking. He thought that was the end of it, but they were found washed up on the shore… and they still worked!

Living in Florida, Ashton wears his hearing aids near water all the time. He would also wear them when doing water activities such as kayaking. He enjoys wearing his hearing aids because of how much they help his hearing. At one point his kayak took a bad turn and he lost his hearing aids in the water.

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Uber aims to teach riders sign language in support of deaf awareness month

Uber is giving its riders an opportunity to learn how to sign their name and other phrases in American Sign Language.

You can go to and find a list of phrases to learn in sign language including, ‘hello, I am (your name), thank you, turn left, turn right, yes, no, goodbye, on the right and on the left.’

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Deaf singer Mandy Harvey gives an unforgettable performance on AGT finals

Deaf singer Mandy Harvey gave her final performance on America’s Got Talent on Tuesday. She sang a beautiful, original song called “This Time,” which is about how she got past the grieving of her hearing loss to find hope and a beautiful life full of music.

Before singing her original song, Harvey spoke about how hard it was for her to lose her hearing. Her worries ranged from the concern of never hearing her favorite songs again to never hearing her parents say, “I love you” again.

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Why the Here To Hear Tour is so important to deaf teens

I love to learn. I graduated college in May 2016, and I will cherish the knowledge I gained from my university experience forever. But, the thought of being back in a college classroom makes me feel uncomfortable. Not for academic or workload reasons, but for factors that have to do with my hearing loss. 

Going to college is a huge transition. It is an even bigger transition for someone with hearing loss.

For me, college meant no more IEPs, no familiar teachers who checked up on me, and less involvement from my parents in my education. It also meant having to tell my professors about my hearing loss myself, and about the additional accommodations I needed. It even meant figuring out what those accommodations were.

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Community Spotlight: Brittany stays active with her Phonak hearing aids, ComPilot

Like many children with hearing loss, Brittany Kaplan knew how to fake it.

Even as a five-year-old, before her hearing loss was diagnosed, she was terrified of getting her hearing checked by the school speech pathologist, she says.

And for good reason. Brittany was so skilled at lip-reading that it wasn’t until that dreaded hearing test that her parents even knew about her hearing loss. For years following, Brittany faced numerous audiology appointments, but she never understood why. By the time she was in third grade, she was fit with hearing aids.

“I was completely devastated,” she says, “I did not want anything to do with them.”

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