September 11, 2018

Toy Like Me: Changing disability stereotypes one toy at a time

The founder of Toy Like Me, Rebecca Atkinson, was watching her children play with toys one day and realized that none of the toys were representing real people with disabilities. […]
September 8, 2018
reactions to hearing loss

How my friends reacted when they found out about my hearing loss

Since becoming a hearing aid wearer and learning that I am at least partially deaf, I have begun to understand my friends reactions to hearing loss, both before my diagnosis […]
July 30, 2018
reactions to hearing loss

How my friends reacted to my hearing loss

  Since becoming a hearing aid wearer and learning that I am at least partially deaf, I have begun to understand my friends reactions to hearing loss, both before my […]
July 13, 2018
world cup 2018

A deafie takes on the World Cup 2018

  I recently had an opportunity to attend the World Cup and as a deafie I am happy to report that  FIFA and Russia did an incredible job to make […]
July 10, 2018
old for hearing aids

Why you’re never too old to try hearing aids

Walk down any busy street and you will see a plethora of people engaged in their technology. Specifically, their mobile phones. It’s sometimes surprising when we notice a number of […]
June 20, 2018

9 tips for camping with hearing loss

Being alone in the wilderness can be especially scary for someone with a hearing loss.  People with acute hearing rely tremendously on sounds for safety reasons.  Branches snapping, footsteps nearby, […]
June 15, 2018
confidence with hearing loss

How to live confidently with hearing loss

Yes, at times it can be hard to live confidently with hearing loss. However, there are ways to make it easier to do so! Confidence isn’t something that just spontaneously […]
June 11, 2018
social outings with hearing loss

5 tips to prepare for social outings with hearing loss

Having hearing loss doesn’t ever have to be a curse on your social life. The important thing is to make certain that you are well informed and as prepared as […]
June 4, 2018
hearing loss journey

Baby Raina’s hearing loss journey

When the nurse wheeled our daughter Raina’s bassinet away for her newborn hearing screening I said, “Go ace your first test baby girl!” Forty-five minutes later, she came back with bad […]
May 30, 2018
hearing loss stereotypes

Breaking the Box: Why I don’t let hearing loss stereotypes set limits on my life

One of the things that we tend to do in our quest to make sense of the world around us is to try and categorize everything in the world around […]
May 28, 2018
advantages of traveling with hearing loss

7 advantages of traveling with hearing loss

Having traveled over the last few months, I’ve actually realized there are several advantages of traveling with hearing loss. I didn’t realize there were advantages or accepted them until I […]
May 22, 2018
communication skills for children with hearing loss

A fun way to learn animal sounds and grow communication skills for children with hearing loss

Spontaneous dance parties and nonstop giggles were some of the advantages that my daughter and I experienced this week while using the BabyBeats app by Phonak and Advanced Bionics. BabyBeats™ […]
May 21, 2018
growing up with hearing loss

What it was like growing up with hearing loss before digital hearing technology

I was born at a time when video conferencing was a reality only on “The Jetsons,” the Americans with Disabilities Act was years away, and the web was only something […]
May 16, 2018
speech activities

Engaging and fun speech activities we use at home for babies, toddlers and children

Speech activities for children with hearing loss don’t have to be a boring or frustrating experience. In fact, working on speech can be fun and connecting. Developing speech and language […]
May 14, 2018
confident with hearing loss

How traveling has made me more open and confident with hearing loss

Growing up, I hid behind my hearing loss because I used to have people get frustrated with me when I would say “what?” repeatedly. If I mentioned that I had […]
April 20, 2018
hearing loss and travel

How my hearing loss is shaping my travel experiences

When I first set off for my year abroad, I didn’t realize how my hearing loss had prepared me for this adventure. Traveling with hearing loss has helped me be […]
April 18, 2018
costs of hearing loss

How to overcome some of the emotional and societal costs of hearing loss

Living with any disability comes with a particular set of challenges, many of which are immediately obvious. It also comes with costs and challenges, that are not so obvious.  Here […]
April 12, 2018

How exploring instruments can help develop listening skills for children with hearing loss

My daughter, Sayge, and I have been diving into the BabyBeats app created by Phonak and Advanced Bionics. Babybeats™ app is an early intervention resource that helps children with hearing loss […]
March 21, 2018

Watch: How to learn American Sign Language

Phonak hEARo Jessica Flores shares her best tips to learn American Sign Language in her latest video. According to research from Gallaudet University, there are about 1 million deaf people […]
February 19, 2018
hearing loss journey

A year on my hearing loss journey

My hearing loss journey started a little over a year ago and I can’t believe the ups and downs I went through to get to where I am today.  Going […]