depression, hearing loss, stress

Not using my hearing aids to focus when stressed actually is amping up my stress levels

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 Not using my hearing aids to focus when stressed actually is amping up my stress levels

health, hearing loss

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 Sinus Infections & Even Worse Hearing Loss

deafness, disability, hearing aids, hearing loss

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 Facebook Video Captions Expand Accessibility Opportunities and Acceptance

confidence, hearing aids

Made for iPhone Hearing Aids & Hearing Loss Awareness Are Eliminating Stigma

I've written about my hearing aids before, and I'm sure it'll happen again. But while this post incorporates some talk of my Halo Made for iPhone hearing aids (which let me tell you, are AWESOME!), the point is that Made for iPhone hearing technologies are eliminating hearing aid and hearing loss stigma. (Hallelujah for us!) Technology: Making… Continue reading Made for iPhone Hearing Aids & Hearing Loss Awareness Are Eliminating Stigma

disability, health, hearing loss

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 What Is It Really Like to Lose Your Hearing?

hearing aids, hearing loss

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 How To Do Halloween With Hearing Loss

confidence, deafness, disability, hearing loss, self image

We can’t break the 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 We can’t break the hearing loss stigma alone