How an inspirational quote put me on track to accept my hearing loss

A sudden deafness in my left ear changed my life forever.

Along with a good portion of my excellent hearing, I also lost my job, my paycheck, a big slice of self-confidence and some friends. There was a lot to accept and to get used to. As loss piled onto loss, things became worse, and I became more hopeless. Time did not heal or ease grief.

But an inspirational quote eventual did. 

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24 hours of traveling with hearing loss

traveling with hearing loss - what it's like to travel with hearing loss

How does someone with severe hearing loss in one ear and profound loss in the other fare with 24 hours of continuous traveling?

I recently embarked on the journey to the Maldives with my husband, who was offered the trip as a  a professional underwater photographer and journalist. Armed with my luggage, and extra hearing aid batteries, we set off to the tropical paradise, via six modes of transport, through four time zones. 

This is what it was like to travel 24 hours with hearing loss:

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With amazing support, deaf woman crowned ‘Miss Amazing’

Miss Amazing

The first child in the state of Illinois – and one of the first in the USA – to be implanted with an Advanced Bionics body worn speech processor was recently crowned Miss Amazing California.

I first met Megan Swanson, a now 27-year-old with a profound, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, when she was two. Her family visited me to provide Auditory-Verbal therapy.

Although I do not recall the conversation I first had with her parents 25 years ago, I am confident I began by asking, “What is your vision for Megan’s future?” Their dreams had been shattered months before when Megan’s hearing loss was diagnosed. They were told that Megan will never speak, sing or dance.

Karen says she remembers thinking: just watch us prove you wrong.

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Why musicians should be more aware of hearing loss

musician hearing loss

As a professional musician, I have been involved in many a discussion with friends and colleagues about the issue of noise induced hearing loss. 

For one, people simply don’t consider that it could happen to them. Another reason is the belief that earplugs distort sound, giving musicians a rather unpleasant experience.

But the big problem is that when noise-induced hearing loss occurs, it is often too late, irreversible and, if a significant loss, can be life-altering.

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