While the wide public knows me as Sarah Bricker, I am also affectionately called Saya, Sanaya, Sara – or so my morning coffee cups read.
And while I label myself as a creative social media and content marketer, I also have another label – disabled.
Since 2011, some unlucky genetics have wreaked havoc on my hearing. I can’t blame it all on the DNA though. Four straight years of blasting music before every high school track or cross-country meet compounded the already naturally occurring damage.
And like many of those who have or are losing their hearing, I let it control my life. No parties. No concerts. No dating in dark places. No more movies at the theater. No group conversations. No bars. I may even have gone so far at times to avoid people all together, opting to hide out at the barn instead of say heading to class to avoid missing half my professor’s words and feeling stupid. Fun fact, horses don’t need you to hear to communicate.
But, as with any hearing loss journey, I eventually hit my “rock-bottom moment.” For me, this was failing my torts class in law school; this despite sitting in the front year the entire semester. From that point on, I decided to fight.
“Hear ‘What?'” was created to be my own personal sanctuary for surviving my hearing journey, but it has now become a place for others with hearing loss and those who know or love people with hearing loss. My hearing loss will never go away, but it’s made me a stronger person and has opened the door to me for a bright future giving back. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say, it’s made me better – a kinder person, a fearless adventurer and more creative marketing professional. It has also absolutely lent to an increase in my sarcastic wit and humor.
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