Posts Tagged ‘teens’

Teens with Hearing Loss: How to be an advocate for your education

Figuring out what learning method and environment is best as a student with hearing loss can be frustrating.

It was difficult for me to determine the best methods to succeed in school, but after some years of experimenting, it has become almost second nature for me.

While you’re in school, most likely your parents or other adults have a large say in what makes up your accommodation plan. But you can have a say as well, as long as you approach them respectfully.  

Here are my tips for deaf teens to succeed in the classroom:

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Growing up with Hearing Loss: How I Gained Confidence to be Myself

When I meet a new person, they often have lots of questions about my hearing loss.

Did you go to a deaf school? Wow, you speak so well for someone who cannot hear, why? Do you know sign language?  How did you get to where you are now?  How long have you been hard-of-hearing? Who taught you to lip read so well? When did you start wearing hearing aids? Did you like your hearing aids as a child?

These are all questions I get on a weekly, if not daily basis. They are great questions, and I bet every hard of hearing/deaf person has different answers. To answer, though, I have to go back and reflect on how I was raised and what kind of mindset it gave me.

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Why I Decorate My Hearing Aids

“What’s that behind your ear?” my customer asked me curiously as I placed her items in a bag.

I immediately stiffened up at the suddenness of the question, then relaxed again just as quickly.

“Oh, it’s a hearing aid,” I replied with a smile.

The customer looked directly at me, frozen on the spot. I knew she hadn’t expected that answer, and her face spelled out shock, confusion, and embarrassment. “Oh I’m sorry…” she began to say, before tailing off into an inaudible whisper. I smiled at her again.

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My teacher told me I shouldn’t… because I am deaf

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Study: Risky listening habits causing tinnitus in teens

It’s common for teens to engage in risky behaviour, but one common activity may result in the loss of their hearing in the future.

According to new research, an alarming number of young people are experiencing tinnitus from being exposed to loud music.

Tinnitus, the persistent ringing, buzzing, or whistling in ears, is often a sign of early hearing damage. It is not only unpleasant, but can also lead to severe problems like depression or anxiety.

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Top 5 date spots for couples with hearing loss

My boyfriend and I both have hearing loss. I’ve talked about dating with hearing loss in the past – the pros, the challenges, how it’s different than maybe being in a “hearing” relationship – but now, after being in the relationship for three years, I’ve found a few things that make it easier. For example: choosing the right date spots for couples with hearing loss. 

If your partner has hearing loss, it’s important that when choosing somewhere to go on a date, each person is comfortable in the location. There’s no point in going somewhere noisy, busy or complicated, as it brings many more challenges to those with a hearing loss. A date is meant to be time spent getting to know the other person, while having fun. With background noise, or too many people or distractions, your partner with hearing loss will have a difficult time enjoying the experience.

My deaf boyfriend and I do, however, have some favorite spots we like to spend time together. 

Here are our top 5 date spots for couples with hearing loss!

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Eloise Garland “takes over” Phonak’s Instagram

At Phonak, we are committed to fighting the stigma attached to hearing loss, to tearing down barriers for the hearing-impaired and to finding new and innovative ways to help everyone reconnect to the beauty of sound.

We also know that individuals play a strong role in breaking down those stigmas. To celebrate those in our community who are being open and proud of their hearing situations, we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite Instagrammers, and asked them to capture their personality and signature looks, and show us what it really means to live with hearing loss. Last week, we featured 20-year-old Eloise Garland, a music student from the UK.

She is an inspiration to many people – especially teens – with hearing loss, both in what she’s accomplished in her personal life, as well as the unique way she shows of her hearing aids with cool stickers and decorations that she sells on her store, Rainbow Tubes. You can share your story with us too using the hashtag #lifeison on Instagram! Together we can break down the stigmas of hearing loss. Follow Phonak on Instagram.

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