April 19, 2019
aging

Why age-related hearing loss should not be ignored

There are many different reasons why people experience hearing loss, from illness and disease to loud sounds.

However, anyone in their 50s should be aware that hearing loss and aging do go hand and hand, which can be simply a …

April 16, 2019

My experience group camping with a hearing loss


Being on a group camping trip with a hearing loss exposed me to more than just the elements; it revealed a lack of confidence.

For a while, I was the best camper in the world to my family. I knew

April 15, 2019
hard of hearing siblings

What it is like growing up with hard of hearing siblings

I’m not the only person with hearing loss in my family. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) I have two hard of hearing siblings, and one who is hearing.

Tessa: Tonight at Girl Scouts we had

April 9, 2019

Our child’s hearing loss journey from toddler to teen years


Our initial reaction to finding out our daughter had a hearing problem was shock, then guilt, disappointment, and sadness. 

When we first suspected something might be wrong with Madeline’s speech when she just over two years old, we had her …

March 29, 2019
accessible home for deaf and hard of hearing people

How to create an accessible home for deaf and hard of hearing people

There are many changes, both big and small, that can be made to a home in order to fit the needs and preferences of those who live in it.

For example, people with hearing loss may prefer special accommodations to

March 26, 2019
hard of hearing football player

Cas Mastropaolo: Future hard of hearing football star

Cas Mastropaolo’s dream is to play football in the NFL.

With recent recognition by CNN as a Positive Athlete, he’s well on the way. His journey is all the more remarkable because of what he’s overcome. A former child slave …

March 24, 2019
hearing technology at school

Tips for troubleshooting hearing technology at school

Over the years I have had a lot of experience with troubleshooting hearing technology at school. Sometimes it’s my own, and sometimes the FM system provided by the school requires attention.

Often times it can be difficult to explain how

March 21, 2019
sudden deafness

Learning to cope with my sudden deafness

It has been almost three years since I suddenly lost a dramatic amount of hearing in my “good ear.”

It’s a funny thing to think you have complete control of a situation. Then the wind is knocked out of your …

March 19, 2019

My Hearing Loss Inspired Me to Travel

I’ve been traveling full time for just over a year now. Now reflecting back, I see how my hearing loss has played a big role in inspiring me to travel.

The travel bug was instilled in me at a young …

March 13, 2019
humor hearing loss

What’s So Funny? Understanding humor with hearing loss

Have you ever been with a group of people laughing at the end of a story, and you laughed along, pretending that you understood? When everyone is laughing at a movie scene, have you ever been confused because you didn’t
March 6, 2019
positives of hearing loss

Rewind: Reflecting Back on the Positives About Hearing Loss

There was a period of time where I was resentful towards my hearing loss and hearing aids. Now that I’m finally getting to a better place of acceptance, I’ve reflected a lot on the positives.
March 5, 2019
solo travels with hearing loss

Life lessons from solo travels with hearing loss

Mario Afonso decided to leave the comforts of his reality to explore a world larger than him and his experiences.

He set off to complete his first solo travels with hearing loss with the goal to stop feeling limited by …

March 2, 2019

Hearing loss and learning disabilities in adults

People who have learning difficulties are more likely to experience hearing loss and yet they’re less likely to be diagnosed.…

February 28, 2019

Yoga and meditation classes are challenging with hearing loss

When you prefer high-intensity workouts, adjusting to slower-paced activities like yoga and meditation isn’t easy. It’s even more challenging attempting them with a hearing loss.

As a soccer player, working out is a key part of my everyday life. Stretching …

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.

You’ve probably seen her bright and colorfully decorated hearing aids on Instagram, now you can watch a step by step video on how to decorate your …

February 22, 2019
children's deafness

Reflecting our children’s deafness diagnosis

When Melissa and Matt Hyder first learned that their son was born with hearing loss, they were, like many parents, surprised. 

With 90 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing children born to hearing parents, this is a common storyline that is …

February 15, 2019

Keith Nolan: Fighting to serve as a deaf soldier

Growing up, Keith Nolan always wanted to join the military.

As he says in his April 2011 TED talk, he loved military history and has various family members who fought in WWII. Like them, he wanted the same thing: …

February 14, 2019

Awkward dating moments that no one tells you about

The dating world can be scary, fun, awkward, adventurous, and nerve-racking, eliciting emotions that are new and unfamiliar. 

The process of getting to know a partner can highlight your strengths as well as your insecurities. In the end, it’s all …

February 7, 2019
genetic testing

Stresses and rewards of genetic testing for hearing loss


When our hard of hearing daughter was first referred for genetic testing, I was skeptical. 

On the one hand, genetic testing might find a definitive cause of hearing loss. On the other, it might not reveal anything. Not all hearing …

January 30, 2019
perception of hearing loss

Watch: My Perception of my Hearing Loss

We all create our own perception of hearing loss as we grow and learn from our experiences.

Vlogger Jaime shares her hearing loss journey with us and the different perspectives she has about her hearing loss. …