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My Kids Aren’t CODAs, They’re COHLAs

Until recently, most people probably thought a CODA was the concluding passage in a musical score. But since CODA‘s three wins at the Oscars, Child of Deaf Adult has become part of the mainstream lexicon—an exciting boost of awareness for the Deaf community. But when discussing the film with my children, they were confused. “We’re Continue reading

‘Hear & Beyond’ Launches in One Month!

LET’S CELEBRATE ONE MONTH UNTIL THE LAUNCH OF HEAR & BEYOND! As many readers know, Gael Hannan and I have been working on a book about hearing loss. It’s been a two-year labor of love, and we are now almost at the finish line! Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss will launch in Continue reading

Refuting Common Hearing Loss Myths

Do all people with hearing loss know sign language? Are they all senior citizens? Can people with hearing loss safely drive a car? Enjoy a movie or the theater? Speak “normally?” Hear perfectly with hearing aids? Despite how common hearing loss is—over 1.5 billion people globally live with hearing loss according to the WHO—many aspects Continue reading

It’s Time to Join the Hearing Loss Community

At the start of my hearing loss journey, I didn’t know anyone that could show me the ropes. When I struggled to hear in a loud restaurant or was tired after a long day of speechreading, I was discouraged. I hadn’t realized that this was normal…typical…to be expected. All in a day’s work for people Continue reading

Zoom Continues to Miss the Boat on True Accessibility

“Please enable the audio so I can participate in your Zoom meeting,” said no one ever. So, why is advance notice still needed to enable captioning? Zoom made its high-quality ASR captions available FREE for all accounts in the Fall, but in a practical sense, its platform remains inaccessible for people with hearing loss. I Continue reading