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 →

Hearing Technologies at CES 2019 – Healthable Livio AI & world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant processor

Top hearing technologies at CES 2019 - healthable tops my list.

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 →

Not using my hearing aids when stressed actually makes stress levels worse

We've all been stressed out. We've all had personal or professional responsibilities that tax our energy and push our stress meter to HIGH. But for those of us with hearing loss, stress can come faster, or at least it does for me. I've learned that when I get stressed out, when I have a lot... Continue Reading →

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.... 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 →

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... 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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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