Hearing Disability – We Have to Change the Conversation

Just because you’re not like everyone else doesn’t mean you’re any less capable of doing anything they can do. In fact, because you’re different, you may even be better for it. Earlier this week I was blessed to be asked to speak at a Disability Empowerment Day for kids with a hearing disability here in... Continue Reading →

Why am I hearing sounds wrong?

I've struggled a bit in some WebEx and phone-call only meetings at work lately, and a few coworkers have asked "Are you not able to hear?" Recently I've had to try to explain and illustrate how hearing doesn't equate to understanding, so it felt like a good time to shed some light on a hearing... Continue Reading →

Facebook Video Captions Expand Accessibility Opportunities and Acceptance

I never thought marketing insights would be helping to drive accessibility on the web for those of us with hearing loss, but when I skipped down to the "Optimize based on format" header of this article by Social Media Week, I paused.  “People are viewing Facebook native with their sound off, so you have to think... Continue Reading →

We Can’t Break Hearing Loss Stigma Alone

The negative stigma hearing aids have is not the products fault. It’s not the fault of those of us who wear them. And it’s not the fault of the hearing professionals who fit them or the manufacturers who create them. It is the fault of the judgmental public who has learned in recent years, that... Continue Reading →

Don’t Make Fun of Me When I “Mesh”..I mean “Mess” Up

A good friend of mine recently shared a picture on Facebook and a little admission about struggling to develop proper speech and pronunciation growing up. And while I'm not sure where the quote is from, and I can't tell the same story Emma did, I can tell you I empathize and understand. Growing up, I... Continue Reading →

How “Finding Dory’s” Bailey and Hank Could Help Us Embrace Hearing Loss and Anxiety

Pixar and Disney have a knack for making us stop and think more deeply about some of the changes life throws at us or the obstacles some people face—adults and kids. Through the powerfully emotive world of colored animation, we are held captive for hours in the theater, and then when we leave, we find... Continue Reading →

Tips for #Hearing Loss Professionals

I know only a few professionals with hearing loss (outside my company at least), but each of them is remarkable and hold high-ranking positions that require constant energy, attention, listening and understanding. I'm in the same position. My job requires daily meetings, national and international phone calls, live conversations with customers and patients, ongoing focus... Continue Reading →

3 Things That Are Shaping the Future of Hearing

As someone who has hearing loss, whose father and grandfather and two uncles all have or had hearing loss, I’ve essentially been exposed to the rapidly changing world of the hearing-impaired for quite a while. And probably up until the last couple of years, hearing aids have been overshadowed by an extremely negative stigma that... Continue Reading →

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