October 8, 2019
Deaf and hearing film

‘WHAT?’ A Silent film with Deaf and hearing filmmakers

Have you heard about the “not-so silent” film that channels Buster Keaton and features Deaf and hearing actors, producers, and crew? “WHAT?” is a ground breaking collaboration, written and directed […]
August 8, 2019
positives of having hearing loss

How would my life be different if I didn’t have hearing loss?

I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but I’ll say it again: I used to really resent having hearing loss and being different from the majority. I was never bullied or […]
March 10, 2016
Phonak CROS II

“Sound” is relative when you have hearing loss

  Sound is something that is an absolute. Something that can be quantified and measured in decibels, but when you have hearing loss and rely on an amplifying device to enable you […]
February 29, 2016

Cochlear Implants: The Big ‘Switch On’

After Harry had his cochlear implant operation I found myself flooded with messages of congratulations that Harry could now hear. Unfortunately, of course, this wasn’t quite the case just yet. […]
December 28, 2015

Switching on my Phonak CROS

Have you seen those YouTube videos of people having their cochlear implants switched on for the first time? Well, that’s just what is was like for me getting my CROS […]
December 10, 2015

Study: Aging Confidently May Help Your Hearing

People who feel negatively about getting older, may be damaging their hearing, according to a new study.
November 24, 2015

What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

One of the most common and challenging types is sensorineural hearing loss.
November 2, 2015

The Perils of Hearing Less in the Classroom

In another lifetime I was a middle-school teacher. It only lasted for two years, but at that time I thought it might be my career. I didn’t wear hearing aids […]
September 29, 2015

When “Never Mind” Goes Both Ways

Stephanie Booth and I share a pet peeve: being told “Never mind, it’s not that important” after an individual repeats themselves a few times. Most people give up on trying to […]
September 15, 2015

Listening to Josef: A hearing aid wearer we can all relate with

As a social media community manager, I get to talk to a lot of people about their hearing loss. It’s been amazing to hear people’s stories – whether it’s a […]
September 13, 2015

Teen aims to make Californian city more hearing loss-friendly

Imagine a world where every newly constructed building would include accommodations for those with hearing loss, including acoustically-friendly designs, captioning and the latest hearing assistive technology. While it seems like […]
September 8, 2015
aid the silent

#ShowYourAids: Texan Beauty Queen Shows Us How to Live Proudly with Hearing Loss

If you’re active on social media, you probably have a list of hashtags you use when sharing photos about hearing loss. #HearingLoss, of course, #LifeIsOn – the official Phonak hashtag […]
August 25, 2015

The Friends Who Listen For Me

While I was writing “Never Mind, It’s Not Important“, I realised I have certain friends who do way more than just avoid brushing me off with a “never mind” when […]
August 14, 2015

Never Mind, It’s Not Important

You’ve read articles about this, right? How we the hearing less don’t appreciate being told “never mind” or “it’s not important” when we’re asking for something we didn’t understand to be […]
July 1, 2015

Hearing After Hearing Aids

How did you lose your hearing? For some, that question may be considered intrusive and personal. But for most cochlear implant users, it is a great way to start a […]
June 26, 2015

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Tomorrow marks the 135th anniversary of Helen Keller‘s birth. I remember being fascinated by Helen’s story as a young child, full of wonder at how she managed to learn to […]
May 11, 2015

Breaking the Surgery Mindset

For the past ten years, I believed I knew everything there was to know about making difficult decisions. In my mind’s eye, the hardest decision I had ever made was […]
May 4, 2015

More Phone Etiquette for the Hearing Challenged and Those that Call Them

Everyone with a hearing challenge has a phone story. I knew from my very first hearing aid that the phone was going to be a problem. The technology at the […]
April 9, 2015

The Name I Call Myself

Picking a term to describe our hearing is fraught with implications. The idea behind “hearing impaired” is that we are lesser human beings and must be fixed to function. Those […]
March 13, 2015

Talk to Me: Hearing is Not Listening

I’m a talker. Have been since my first words, or so the legend goes. Even as I became part of the “hearing lost” I didn’t stop talking. According to my […]