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. Continue Reading
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:Continue Reading
What is the loudest noise in your daily life? Could that noise cause you hearing loss?
Today is International Noise Awareness Day, so along with thinking about these potential auditory dangers, we also want to explain how you can be aware how loud a noise is. Continue Reading
Life as a Deafie can seem like a series of awkward interactions and annoying explanations. Sometimes, you just feel like wearing a sign that says, “I’m deaf!”
So, that’s exactly what Nancy, the founder of Louder Jewlery, decided to do. Continue Reading
A video of a deaf grandmother and baby girl is winning the hearts of many, especially those raising children with sign language.
Shari Joy McMahon uploaded the video of her mom teaching her daughter, Aria, on Facebook. In the video, Grandma Pamela signs with Aria. The 9-month-old eventually starts to babble and move her little fingers.Continue Reading
A new study on the epidemiology of firearm and other noise exposures in the United States shows lawnmowers and guns are putting Americans at an increased risk for hearing loss.
Firearms and lawnmowers, specifically, produce deafening levels of noise, and very few users are wearing hearing protection while using these items.Continue Reading
Hearing aids aren’t something to hide. With the sleek designs and fun colors of today’s hearing aids, users are able to show off their personality through their hearing aids.
Decorated hearing aids and accessories are all the rage, but the hottest new trend: custom hearing aid ear molds. Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading