Hearing Loss Is a Practice, Not a Perfect

Regular readers know I am almost as passionate about yoga as I am about hearing loss advocacy. I try to practice yoga every day, but without access to my normal studio during Covid-19, conditions are not ideal. I created a dedicated space for my yoga practice at home, but it is also the walkway out Continue reading

Will Covid-19 Inspire Positive Change for People With Hearing Loss?

Winston Churchill said, “Never waste a good crisis,” and people with hearing loss have taken his advice with Covid-19. Times have been very hard for many of us with hearing loss during the pandemic — increased levels of isolation, difficulties communicating because of masks and the lack of captioning on many video conferencing platforms — Continue reading

Are Hearing Loss & Deafness Sometimes Like Apples & Oranges?

Providing accessibility accommodations that work for both the Deaf and Hearing Loss communities can be a challenge. This is clear to anyone with a hearing loss who requested captioning but was provided with a sign language interpreter instead. For most people with hearing difficulties, including me, a sign language interpreter provides no assistance. But as Continue reading

Hearing Loss & Masks Are a Tough Combination

When you have hearing loss, understanding speech does not come naturally. It takes effort. The clues we get from lip movements and facial expressions are almost as important as the sounds that are amplified by our hearing devices. We must look as well as listen in order to hear. Masks, while necessary and important for Continue reading

How to Combat the Social Isolation of Hearing Loss

We are all facing the pain of isolation while practicing social distancing amid COVID-19. It hurts to feel alone in the face of new challenges and to combat loneliness at a time of uncertainty. While this crisis is difficult, it also gives us the opportunity to rethink old ways of doing things. I wrote this Continue reading

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