October 23, 2020
sign language cafes around the world

6 sign language cafes to visit around the world

With Starbucks recently opening its fifth sign language cafe, restaurants and cafes owned and/or operated by deaf people are increasing in number. Here’s a look at some of the sign […]
November 12, 2019

How to make the ultimate deaf travel kit

After recently jetting off to Nepal, I’ve never been more prepared for any holiday. I will be sightseeing, volunteering, renovating, and even trekking in the mountains! Now I’m letting you […]
July 31, 2019
studying abroad with a hearing loss

Studying Abroad with a Hearing Loss

Studying abroad with a hearing loss was never a dream of mine. I took Spanish all throughout high school. It was reasonably easy for me, but the idea of residing […]
June 21, 2019
traveling with a Roger microphone

Traveling with a Roger microphone

How you hear and communicate can affect a travel experience. I remembered to use my Roger microphone when traveling, which made a big difference.
March 19, 2019

My Hearing Loss Inspired Me to Travel

I’ve been traveling full time for just over a year now. Now reflecting back, I see how my hearing loss has played a big role in inspiring me to travel. […]
January 25, 2019
open about my hearing loss

Losing My Sister Helped Me be Open About My Hearing Loss

Four years ago, I received the most horrific news that my younger sister had passed away unexpectedly. At the time, everyone around me tried to tell me, “She’s in a […]
November 21, 2018
flying with hearing loss

Watch: Tips for flying with hearing loss

When it comes to flying with hearing loss, Phonak hEARo Jaime can give you awesome tips so you can make your travel experience more accessible.  When you travel with hearing […]
April 20, 2018
hearing loss and travel

How my hearing loss is shaping my travel experiences

When I first set off for my year abroad, I didn’t realize how my hearing loss had prepared me for this adventure. Traveling with hearing loss has helped me be […]
November 22, 2017
traveling with hearing loss

7 GIFs that perfectly explain traveling with hearing loss

It’s that time of year again, the time for holiday travel.  An expected 28.5 million people will travel on airlines in the U.S. during the 12-day Thanksgiving air-travel period.  As […]
November 9, 2017
visiting disney land with hearing loss

Disney’s impressive accessibility for deaf guests includes signing Mickey

Disney parks have great accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing guests
August 4, 2017
sailing with hearing aids

Teen set to sail the Pacific with hearing aids

Oliver Howe is not your typical 14-year-old. He is a talented musician and sailor… who also has hearing loss.  The New Zealand teen recently embarked a sail boat with his family for […]
April 27, 2017
traveling with hearing loss - what it's like to travel with hearing loss

24 hours of traveling with hearing loss

Traveling with hearing loss can bring lots of complications, such as not being able to hear announcements, but it also comes with some perks.
March 30, 2017
deaf frequent fliers

This is a big accessibility issue for deaf frequent fliers

As a deaf frequent flier, this isn't a new occurrence, and despite recent discussions about changes, it's still been a problem.
January 6, 2017
my experience with phonak hearing aids with phonak autosenseos

How Hearing Aids with AutoSense OS Affected my Travels

As a hearing aid wearer with 40 years of experience, it's been fascinating to have Phonak's AutoSense OS operating system in my new hearing aids.
December 23, 2016
Deaf Barefoot Water Skier

Navigating 50 States as a Deaf Barefoot Water Skier

When I turned 50, I wanted to do something epic to celebrate my fifth decade. After a couple of exciting years of rediscovering my passion for barefoot water skiing, I […]
September 13, 2016
Travelling with a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Child

7 Tips for Travelling with a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Child

Handy tips for travelling abroad with a deaf or hard-of-hearing child.
June 15, 2016
Deaf travel tips

Deaf travel: Tips for the train, plane and automobiles

The worse my hearing loss has become, the more I have lost my confidence when it comes to traveling alone to an unfamiliar place. Here are a few strategies I’ve […]
June 6, 2016
Getting new hearing aids

Getting new hearing aids: What I hear, what I don’t, and two places I love using them

I’ve worn hearing aids for 40 years, so getting new hearing aids can be sort of an emotional roller coaster for me.  For my most recent fitting, I flew back from Mexico to […]
May 31, 2016
My Hearing Aid Fitting Day

Hearing Aid Fitting Day: Ups, Downs and Why It’s Worth It!

Getting fitted for new hearing aids should be an exciting thing, and it is, but like some Facebook relationship statuses, “it’s complicated.” For me, hearing aids have never been “right” […]
May 16, 2016

World traveler, writer… and hearing aid wearer

Hi. I’m Steff. I’m a world traveler, writer and hearing aid wearer. But that’s just the beginning.  My first go-round with adventure came by way of life’s adversities.  If you’d […]