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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.

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown joins list of celebrities opening up about hearing loss

Thirteen-year-old actress Millie Bobby Brown has gained international attention for her role as Eleven in the hit science fiction-horror Netflix series, but recently she been in the news for another topic: her hearing loss.

In a recent interview with Variety magazine, Millie describes how she is deaf in one ear, joining a list of celebrities who are talking openly about their hearing loss. 

“Brown is deaf in one ear — she was born with partial loss of hearing, and then her hearing faded away after years of tubes,” according to the Variety article. “So she can’t fully hear herself perform, but no matter.”

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NEWSFLASH: Hearing aids ARE cool!

It’s time we talk about something important. We need to change the narrative about hearing aids.

It’s time people start complimenting how awesome hearing aids are, not commenting under their breath about their discreetness. We want people to stop thinking that hearing aids are uncool. Because they aren’t. Hearing aids are cool!

Today, hearing aids come in all kinds of different colors and sizes. Long gone are the big, beige, squealing banana-sized device that your great-grandma wore. Hearing aid technology is more advanced than ever. They enable people to hear things they’ve never heard before, and allow others to rediscover sounds they thought they’ve lost forever. 

On we have been working to end these stigmas, through campaigns like #coolhearingaids, the Here to Hear Comedy Tour and just general awesome stories from real hearing aid users that we share on a regular basis. So when we saw a New York Times article about how hearing aids aren’t cool. We just had to remind you. They are. And if you need a reminder, here’s why…

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Why I love being part of a hearing loss community

Recently, I was lucky enough to join the Here to Hear Tour for a few days. During my time there I met up with fellow “Phonak hEARos.” Spending time with these inspirational individuals reminded me why having a community, is so important to the deaf and hard of hearing community. 

On the road, we met up with the Munoz and Putz families, who are both part of the “Phonak hEARo” program. The program is open to anyone, and gives people with hearing loss a platform to share their stories. 

Phonak hEARo Julian is 7 years old and his mom, Jen, shares his story through her photography on Instagram. Karen is a deaf mom, author and barefoot water skier who write blogs for, and is sponsored by Phonak in her water skiing competitions. Phonak hEARos embody the spirit and purpose of as an online community for people with hearing loss in their own, unique ways.

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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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