March 18, 2019

What my debate competitions taught me about advocacy

Speech and debate is a wonderful activity. It can simultaneously serve as a platform for self-expression and education, allowing for productive discourse on ethical dilemmas in the world around us. […]
March 12, 2019

Community Spotlight: Confidence, ComPilot helped this gymnast, scientist soar

Ashely McGoey wasn’t always so confident living with hearing loss, but with the right technology and support she thrives.
March 11, 2019

What I learned at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Youth Forum

Last November, I was fortunate enough to attend the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Youth Forum in Ottawa. It was a great experience.
March 8, 2019
Phonak Roger

How my Phonak Roger connected me with my hearing peer

For the first time in my life, I had a hearing peer relate to my deafness and use hearing technology. And while it wasn’t a 100 percent accurate or complete […]
February 25, 2019

Watch: How to decorate hearing technology with Phonak teen Mia

  Phonak Teen Advisor, Mia Schartau,  is rarely seen without her hearing technology decorated. In this video she’ll show you step-by-step how to decorate your hearing technology.
February 18, 2019
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Watch: Life as a Pre-Teen with Unilateral Hearing Loss

What are the solutions for Unilateral hearing loss in kids? Phoebe shares her story about her UHL hearing loss in a YouTube series.
February 11, 2019
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How playing in the Deaflympics introduced me to Deaf culture

My experience at the 2017 Deaflympics was an experience unlike any other. The Deaflympics meets at an intersection of athletic competition, cultural interactions, and Deaf culture. These are people from […]
February 5, 2019
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Ellie

  I’m Ellie, a diehard BTS fan, swimmer, waffle enthusiast, also, I have the best cordless earbuds in the world. My parents never expected to have a hard of hearing […]
January 29, 2019
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Mia

Well, I’ve got a bit of an odd story. I was born with a 30 decibel(dB) conductive hearing loss which was corrected through surgery. As I grew up I still […]
January 28, 2019

3 tips for being in a band with hearing loss

It’s a little bit ironic that I chose to dedicate most of my time to music, considering I have a hard time hearing the full sound of a band. I […]
January 22, 2019
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Tinson

My name is Tinson Chen. I’m an amateur pin collector, an avid trivia player and a pancake enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario. I’m also half deaf. I was born with severe […]
January 18, 2019
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Why I Decided to use a Phonak CROS with my cochlear implant

Eighteen years ago, the week of September 26 was Deaf Awareness Week. Coincidentally, I was also born during this week. During this week and in the months leading up to this […]
January 16, 2019
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Natalie

My name is Natalie. I am sixteen, a science geek at heart and I love to listen to music. Oh, did I mention I wear hearing aids? I have a […]
December 18, 2018

Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Madeline

Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Madeline Brinkmann. She is nineteen years old and is passionate about spreading hearing loss awareness.
December 11, 2018
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Finn

My name is Finn Gomez and I am hard of hearing. I coined the term, “Hearing-Impaired Mexican-Irish Trumpet Playing Twin,” and I am proud of who I am. I was […]
December 4, 2018
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Meet Phonak Teen Advisor Isaac

I was born with a severe to profound hearing loss, and have worn Phonak hearing aids my entire life. My hearing loss is of the sensorineural variety, meaning that my […]
November 27, 2018
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Phonak Teen Advisory Board: Meet Emmy

I was born profoundly deaf in both ears. For me, overcoming my deafness meant learning to be confident, helping others in this capacity, and educating those around me. I was […]
October 2, 2018
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Phonak Teen Advisors: ‘I have never met someone my age who also has hearing loss’

Eight teens, chosen Phonak Teen Advisory Board members, gathered to share their innovative ideas about improving hearing technology, spreading hearing loss awareness and tearing down hearing loss stigmas. The teens, […]
August 27, 2018

Deaf teens: 7 things I would tell my teenage self

Now that I am in my 20’s I look back at my teen years and wish I could tell myself a few life lessons to remember. Especially when my hearing […]
July 2, 2018
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Deaf flautist: “Music is not just audible; it’s equally visible!”

A common misconception is that deaf people can’t hear music. Although this may be true depending on the level of hearing loss a person has, it doesn’t mean deaf people […]