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?

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

change, Choice, deafness, disability, fear, health, hearing aids, hearing loss, self image

Halos and HomeRuns

Just four months ago, I spent all morning in my Dallas audiologist’s tiny office. She examined my ears; spoke to me of what I was experiencing and then put me through a series of tests in a soundproof room. It took almost an hour, and as each test completed more and more tears began to… Continue reading Halos and HomeRuns

deafness, disability, hearing loss

The Editor Who Didn’t Care I Was Almost Deaf

Updated April 13, 2016: I had a phone interview last night with a 2016 Olympic hopeful, David. He's going for the long jump after six years away from the sport, and after speaking to him, all I could tell him was "You're determination and dedication are incredible." But the funny thing was, he said something similar… Continue reading The Editor Who Didn’t Care I Was Almost Deaf

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It’s Been 10 years since I’ve heard the birds sing: Hearing Aids for Christmas

There are four walls, all the color of aged cheddar cheese but with holes as though they were made of Swiss. In one corner a table hosts a small, stuffed dog with floppy ears, a box of legos and a clear plastic box with red, yellow and green ear buds inside. There is one door,… Continue reading It’s Been 10 years since I’ve heard the birds sing: Hearing Aids for Christmas

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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 Can you HEAR me NOW?