Why make a documentary about hearing loss?
We Hear You’s journey began during the pandemic. People with hearing loss felt more isolated than ever. We struggled to communicate on video conference calls and with people behind masks. It sometimes felt hopeless—like we would remain set apart forever.
Virtual Meetings helped ease some of the pain, as hundreds of participants from around the world came together to share information and foster community. We petitioned for communication access and helped to raise awareness about hearing loss in the mainstream. Through it all we enjoyed the camaraderie that only people with hearing loss can provide for one another.
We discovered that each of us has a story to tell. Our documentary was born. We are thrilled to share it with you—the community that inspired it.
We Hear You Shines a Light on the Hearing Loss Experience
When it comes to hearing loss, many people divide the world into two groups—hearing and Deaf. But most of us live between those worlds—in the large gray space of hearing loss. We hear some things, some of the time and use hearing devices and other technologies to augment our residual hearing.
Most mainstream content about hearing loss focuses on the Deaf experience, until now. Our film highlights a different lived experience—the hearing loss experience. We Hear You features four women navigating stigmas, setbacks, and successes as they learn to live with hearing loss, yet remain in the hearing world.
For people new to hearing loss, We Hear You provides an entry into the community. Others may see it as simply another connection point to a well-established group. For the hearing world, the film is a peek into the everyday lives of real people living with a common and often overlooked disability—hearing loss.
We are proud to share our film with you.
Watch the Documentary and Attend a Talkback with the Producers
You’re invited to an exclusive We Hear You event featuring a Talkback with the producers hosted by Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Since we launched the We Hear You trailer, people have been asking us when can they watch the full documentary. The time is now! Thank you to HLAA for hosting this exciting event!
Register here to watch the film and to attend the Talkback with the producers.
How to Watch the Film
Two weeks before the event, you will receive a link via email to the film on Vimeo. Enter the included password and enjoy watching the film online at your convenience prior to the event. The link expires when the Talkback begins on Thursday September 23rd at 7pm ET. The film has open captions including English translations for the parts of the film that are in Spanish.
IMPORTANT: Please view the film before the Talkback. It will not be shown at the Zoom Event.
How to Join the Talkback
The Talkback, moderated by Gael Hannan, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the documentary and give the filmmakers the opportunity to hear from you—the hearing loss community. You will receive a link to the event when you register. We look forward to a fun and lively conversation about the film.
To learn more about We Hear You, visit www.we-hearyou.com.
Register here for the link to watch the film and to attend the Talkback with the producers.