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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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An Open Letter to My Coworkers: Why I Ate Lunch Alone

I had a review just last week with my boss and someone we brought in to help our company run smoother. He’s basically an industry expert, though more for design than marketing, and yet when he read the last point on the “What I’d Like Sarah To Start Doing” section, I wanted to scream. And…

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Hearing Aids: A Love-Hate Relationship

They’re small, almost invisible to the naked eye – at least when I wear my hair down. If my hair is pinned up or piled into a bun, I can also hide the slim, tan plastic backings with a thick, woolen headband – for the rest of winter anyways. They are my hearing aids. I love…

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