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 →

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 →

Can you HEAR me NOW?

(appeared in Sept. 2014 Missouri Hearing Society Newsletter) Two college boys shout at me across the living room, their white cotton shirts lifted with one hand to conceal their mouths. "Can you hear me?" "What about now?" "Hey! Hey! Can you hear me?" They shout at me through the fabric assuming I can't hear them. I can.... Continue Reading →

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