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America’s Deaf Top Model and Deafness’ “Cultural Moment”

Every Friday we’ll feature the most buzzed about topics relating to the “hearing loss” community. Join us on social media or check in on the Hearing Like Me forum, and find out how our community is going viral!

“The deaf community seems to be having a cultural moment,” according to actress Sandra Mae Frank, who is currently starring in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway. And we couldn’t agree more.

More and more, we’re seeing people openly discuss their hearing loss, sign language and the deaf/Deaf culture and communities. This week on social media, the buzz was all around a very good looking Deaf man who just won the title of America’s Next Top Model: Nyle DiMarco.

“Smashing through stereotypes and assumptions, DiMarco proved to mainstream audiences that people who are Deaf can do anything they set their minds to. More than that, however, fans of ANTM were exposed to a side of deafness they may have never experienced. Throughout the season, viewers came to see DiMarco as a complex human with his own ambitions, passions, and vulnerabilities– qualities not commonly associated with deafness in the media,” according to the Huffington Post.

Watch a short documentary on him:

As Sandra Mae Frank also mentioned, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening is also helping bring awareness to hearing loss and sign language to the masses. The musical has taken New York by storm this year, and announced this week that it will roll out a national tour beginning in 2017.  

Read more: BROADWAY SHOW WITH DEAF ACTORS IS ‘ENLIGHTENING IN ITS DIVERSITY’

Photo: Spring Awakening, Kevin Perry

Photo: Spring Awakening, Kevin Perry

And to wrap up the week, we’re getting in the holiday spirit with these sweet videos of a signing Santa.

Are you ready for the holidays? Share your holiday moments with Phonak on Instagram this week, for the chance to win a Phonak ComPilot Air II!

See more stories on deaf culture throughout the week on Phonak’s social media channels.

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The HearingLikeMe editorial team includes Jill von Bueren, Kirsten Brackett and Lisa Goldstein.
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