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    Living with hearing loss means clearing hurdles and celebrating successes every day. At home. At work. At play. Life is big. Live it. Read our stories
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    Raising deaf and hard of hearing children is an incredible experience, from the pain of diagnosis to the unexpected gifts these children bring into our lives. Read our stories
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    Supporting someone with hearing loss is an art. Understand the issues at work in this complex communication landscape. Read our stories
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    Learning strategies that make a difference for deaf and hard of hearing kids. When it comes to the classroom, it’s all about access. Read our stories
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    The facts about hearing loss provide a foundation for understanding the overall landscape of this new territory. Read our stories
3 Steps to Improve Your Hearing through Rehab

3 Steps to Improve Your Hearing through Rehab

Making a commitment to train the brain to hear using hearing technology begins the hearing journey and opens the door to new possibilities.
Two babies born deaf, mom finds solace and laughter with first hearing aids

Two babies born deaf, mom finds solace and laughter with first hearing aids

“The journey started just on day two of life,” says Melissa Hyder.”Both of my children did not pass the newborn hearing screening test that was performed at the hospital.”

Melissa, a mother of three, said she and her husband know people with hearing loss due to old age, but before her children were born they never knew a deaf child.

“I fought a lot of shame and guilt,” she says. “I wanted to protect my children, to take their pain away. Often I prayed a line from Mumford and Sons, ‘Keep the earth below my feet.’ I found myself at times lost in the shame and missing the joy that was right in front of me.”

What are the differences between a child who is deaf and hard of hearing?

What are the differences between a child who is deaf and hard of hearing?

Having a child first be diagnosed with hearing loss can feel like a completely new world, especially if you haven’t experienced hearing loss in your family before.

Around 90% of all children born with hearing loss have normal hearing parents, so this situation is actually quite common.

Whether the diagnosis came as a surprise or confirmed your suspicion, you will most likely be confronted with many questions coming from all sides – your family members, friends, random people on the street, work colleagues: “Is your child deaf or is your child hard of hearing? What degree of hearing impairment does he/she have? Can he/she attend regular school or must he/she go to a school for deaf children? Will he/she wear hearing aids? Are you learning sign language to communicate with him/her?”

My favorite YouTubers (who caption!)

My favorite YouTubers (who caption!)

Captioning on YouTube has been a hot topic in the deaf/Hard of Hearing world lately, especially among teenagers. YouTuber Rikki Poynter – Pikachu lover and advocate for closed captioning, who’s also deaf – has sort of led the charge for getting all YouTube videos captioned. She explains in her video why captioning is important for Deaf/HOH people, as well as those who don’t speak the language that the video is filmed  in. She also posts a whole load about deaf related topics.

Captions on YouTube has been such an important topic lately, mostly because they are so bad. In 2009, YouTube released their automatic captioning feature for videos using voice recognition algorithm, but the text is often inaccurate. While YouTube does let users upload their own captions, it can be time consuming, and most users don’t do it. However, with encouragement from the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community, and people like Rikki, there are some YouTubers who are leading this change. Here’s a list of some YouTubers I’ve found who caption their videos:

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