Documentary “We Hear You” Shines a Light on the Hearing Loss Experience

Do you feel like hearing loss is accurately represented in mainstream media? Neither do I. Of the 48 million Americans who have trouble hearing, only 2 million identify as Deaf (capital D), using sign language as their primary form of communication. Yet, sign language is the lived experience that is most often portrayed on the Continue reading

Alerting Devices for People with Hearing Loss

The fire alarm goes off or the doorbell rings, but you cannot hear it. Maybe the baby is crying or the phone is ringing, but you cannot tell. For most people, an auditory alert is all that is needed for them to take action or seek safety based on the sound, but for people with Continue reading

Sound of Metal Movie Ignores the Typical Hearing Loss Experience

Whenever a mainstream movie or television show features hearing loss — I get excited. I hope it will raise awareness about the challenges of hearing loss without inducing pity. That it will break down stigmas and generate empathy. I search each moment for a slice of my own life that might help my family and Continue reading

Could A Number Help You Describe Your Hearing Loss?

I like the idea of creating a more objective way to describe hearing loss that is easy to understand and to communicate to others, similar to the 20/20 metric used in vision. But hearing is more complicated than vision, which may make this method overly simplistic. In my latest article for Hearing Tracker, I discuss Continue reading

NPR Highlights Need for Captions on Zoom for People with Hearing Loss

I am proud to take my advocacy for free ASR captions for people with hearing loss on Zoom to the airwaves — and just in time for virtual holiday dinners. On November 23, 2020, I was interviewed on Here & Now, National Public Radio (NPR)’s midday news program with Peter O’Dowd. NPR distributes Here & Continue reading

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