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…

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Sinus Infections & Even Worse Hearing Loss

It’s winter, and while I truly love the cold weather and occasional glittering snowfall, there is one thing I don’t love – sinus infections! No, let’s rephrase that to “sinus issues.” Having an infection is the epitome of my annual cold-weather sinus problems, but even the most minimal of sinus blockage wreaks havoc on my life….

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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…

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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…

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How To Do Halloween With Hearing Loss

Ah, Halloween! A joyful “holiday” wherein we pay ridiculous amounts of money to purchase candy to hand out to innocent children and try our best to be someone else (sluttier, scarrier, funnier, etc.) for a night. And for a lot of us adults, Halloween means a party or a few. But Halloween, as fun as…

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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…

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Has Apple’s iPhone 7 “Jack Controversy” just helped people with hearing loss seek help sooner?

(Featured image via https://9to5mac.com/guides/iphone-7/) The iPhone 7 is officially here, and with it I had to ask “Did Apple just help people like me (with hearing loss) want to get help sooner?” The iPhone 7 will start shipping Friday, Sept. 16. Pre-orders start Friday, Sept. 9. pic.twitter.com/pChtUoK3OJ — Sam Murphy Kelly (@HeySamantha) September 7, 2016 Hearing…

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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…

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