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 →

What Is It Really Like to Lose Your Hearing?

A version of this was originally published in Prevention Magazine's "9 Women Share What It Feels Like To Lose Your Hearing." You don’t appreciate your hearing until you lose it. You may not even realize it’s happening. Hearing loss can develop gradually, and our body instinctively adjusts. Or if you’re like me, you spend 12 years denying it... 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 →

Tears of Sadness & Joy: “The Sound Inside”

An open letter to filmmaker Tyler Trumbo: I just watched your documentary The Sound Inside, and I’m sitting here crying tears of sadness and tears of euphoric joy. The tears of sadness fall because I know how they feel. I know what it’s like to feel alone, alienated from the world around you. I know what... 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 →

Could Your Disability Make You A Better Employee?

I have a hearing loss. I work as a communications associate, spending my days developing social media and digital content strategies that are focused on communicating important information to our target consumers. Our target consumers are people with hearing loss, aka people like me! While many could view my hearing loss as an inhibitor to employee... Continue Reading →

Hearing Aids and Dating

I was recently emailing with one of you this week and an interesting topic came up: dating with hearing aids. It made me stop and think before responding, because hearing aids are a really personal thing - your hearing loss is a personal thing - and it may not be something you want to share on a... Continue Reading →

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