April 24, 2019
learning ASL

Why my husband finally decided to start learning ASL

Cue the trumpets: My husband Kevin finally is learning ASL.

What made him start learning ASL? It wasn’t my pleading, which eventually became guilt-tripping. It wasn’t the ASL resources I’d left “casually” strewn about. It was good old-fashioned time.…

April 23, 2019

7-year-old girl receives apology from thief who stole her Phonak Roger Touchscreen

Seven-year-old Alicia Lyding received unexpected news after her Phonak Roger Touchscreen was stolen during a school burglary in Castro Valley, California.

Alicia was very upset after her Phonak Roger Touchscreen was stolen because the technology helps her hear her teachers …

April 22, 2019

Exploring my hearing loss identity as a deaf teen

As I approach the end of my teens years and head off to college soon, I have reflected a lot upon my hearing loss identity.

I wanted to learn more about Deaf culture and my identity as a deaf teen.…

April 19, 2019

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 18, 2019
views on hearing loss

Two young women share how their views on hearing loss have changed

Phonak hEARo Ashley and HLM editor Kirsten recently met in person for the first time after an online friendship was built from their mutual love for travel and understanding of what it means to be a hard of hearing girl
April 17, 2019
deaf space

What is deaf space and how is it designed?


Hansel Bauman may be a hearing architect, but what he has learned from deaf people and their wisdom has influenced and inspired him.

As Gallaudet University’s campus architect, Bauman founded the DeafSpace Project in 2006 in collaboration with the …

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 12, 2019
myths about hearing loss

5 Myths About Hearing Loss People Age 50+ Believe

The older we get, the more set in our ways we become. For those over 50, stubbornness will often play a part in behavior and perception.

Hearing loss is no exception. The charity, Age UK, reports that over 40 …

April 11, 2019

Watch: A Day in the Life of a Teen Musician with Hearing Loss

Whether he is playing the trumpet, making salsa with his family or competing in DECA competition, Finn’s hearing aids play a huge role in every aspect of his life. 

Finn wears Phonak Marvel hearing aids and explains how they affect …

April 10, 2019

The Architecture of Deafness

Through the architecture of deafness, we learn much about deafness itself.
Jeffrey Mansfield, design director for Boston-based MASS Design Group, is one of a number of culturally Deaf designers practicing architecture. He presented on this topic at the Deafness
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 …

April 8, 2019

Do’s and Don’t’s of Going to a Concert with Hearing Loss

Music is one of my favorite things. Having hearing loss doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a concert.
April 5, 2019
CES awards

Showing off my Phonak Marvel hearing aids at the CES awards

The Phonak Marvel hearing aid marks the start of a new kind of hearing aid technology, it truly is a revolutionary hearing aid.

I believe Phonak has laid a solid foundation and has paved the way for future research and …

April 5, 2019

Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath reveals he has hearing loss

The lead singer of band Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath, admits that he is losing his hearing and doesn’t want to wear his hearing aids.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, McGrath explains that his hearing loss was …

April 4, 2019

Watch: A day in the life of a teenage girl with hearing loss

How does 16-year-old Natalie handle her “cookie bite” hearing loss? We join her on a typical day in her life to find out what it’s really like to be a teenage girl with hearing loss.

Natalie knows what it’s like …

April 3, 2019

More people are adding captions to Instagram stories, here’s how you can too

Instagram stories are one of the most popular features of Instagram, but most aren’t accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.

When videos are posted on Instagram, there isn’t an automatic option to add in captions, but there still …

April 2, 2019
deaf sports fans

Accessibility of stadiums and arenas for deaf sports fans

If you’re anything like me, you love attending sporting events, concerts, conferences, or anything held at a big stadium or arena.

I recently visited the famous Camp Nou, home of the Barcelona Football Club in Barcelona, Spain. When researching it …

April 1, 2019

Watch: What is it like to be a deaf teenager?

Being a teenager is complex enough, but add hearing loss to that and life can feel daunting.

Misunderstandings among friends, listening fatigue in the classroom, isolation and other challenges can make a teenager with hearing loss feel like they’re on …

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