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

Five Things Covid-19 Taught Me about Hearing Loss

As a hearing loss advocate — and a person who has lived with hearing loss for more than half her life — I pride myself on knowing a lot about hearing loss. Over the years, I have become skilled at self-identifying, using assistive listening technologies, adjusting the environment for better hearing, and asking others to Continue reading

ADA Turns 30: Much to Celebrate, but Work Remains on Hearing Loss

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 30 on July 26, 2020. This is an important milestone for all people with disabilities, including people with hearing loss. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services. It Continue reading

Hamilton Shows Why Captions Enhance Viewing Pleasure for All

One of the many things I have missed during the quarantine is live theater — the heady feeling of anticipation as the audience falls silent and the show begins, the complex sets that bring a new world to life, and the actors who can make us feel something special night after night. I love the 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