Posts tagged "hard of hearing"

The Uproar Over a Fake Sign Language Interpreter

“Ha oun i ie i no e ere ac a e hae ie. I s ha ieece e ha mae o he lies o oer at ill deerie he iifiace o e ife e ea.” — Nelson Mandela A little frustrating to not know what this sentence reads, isn’t it?  Welcome to my deaf life.... Read more »

How Writing on the Bedroom Walls Led to a One Direction Music Video

“Mom, can I write on my walls?” When my teenage daughter asked me that question, I had to probe further.  ”What do you plan on writing on the walls?” I asked. In the previous years, Lauren had requested permission for many different ways of expressing herself. Multiple ear piercings. Belly button piercing. Tattoos. I suddenly... Read more »

Deborah Gilboa: From Stage Manager to Doctor

I absolutely love meeting new folks via social media and when Deborah Gilboa (@AskDocG) crossed my Twitter stream, I wanted to find out more about her.  After we hung up our phone chat, I sat back in awe.  If there was ever a real-life Superwoman, I have found her.  I’m convinced of it.  Family doctor. ... Read more »
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Super Bowl Commercials, Finally Captioned

You’re watching the Super Bowl game, rooting for your favorite team.  The game cuts away to a commercial.  You don’t dare go to the bathroom because you love watching the commercials.  They’re funny. They make you laugh.  You want to see what Bud Light, Doritos or that talking baby comes up with.  So you sit... Read more »

Adam Fitzgerald: Pushing the Limits with Ultramarathons

Meet Adam Fitzgerald:  husband, father, minister and endurance athlete.  Back in 1968, Adam weighed a mere three pounds at birth.  Five months later, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.  The prognosis was poor; doctors told his parents that he might not develop speech or the ability to walk.... Read more »

Making the World a Better Place: Discovering Deaf Worlds

Imagine what life is like as a deaf person in a developing country like Nepal, India, or Tanzania. Davin Searls and David Justice of Discovering Deaf Worlds have committed their lives to finding out!  In addition, they are working to support local grassroots leaders and organizations that are making the world a better place for... Read more »
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Getting New Hearing Aids

Getting fitted for new Phonak hearing aids The old hearing aids that I had for the last several years just weren’t cutting it anymore.  On one ear, I was sporting a hearing aid with a missing battery cover. Every now and then during a volleyball game, we would have to stop the game and search... Read more »

You're Deaf? How Do You Use the Phone?

The question always comes up whenever I meet people for the first time and we exchange business cards.  “Call me,” I say.  There’s always a pause.  “If you’re deaf, how do you use the phone,” the brave ones ask. I don’t use a regular phone at my desk, I use a videophone from ZVRS.com, a... Read more »

Lost Your Hearing? Join the ALDA Family

Lost Your Hearing?  Join the ALDA Family
A woman with beautiful gray hair came up to me and sat next to me.  She immediately began signing.  “Are you here for the ALDA lunch?” “Yes, I am.” We both had arrived early for the Association of Late-Deafened Adults gathering.  So we shared our stories of becoming deaf and finding our way to ALDA. ... Read more »
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Walking the Garden of the Gods in Silence

The beauty was breathtaking. Our busload of Association of Late-Deafened Adults arrived at the Garden of the Gods and we scrambled down the stairs to grab our 45 minutes of nature.  I walked with Tina Childress, a friend of mine from Illinois.  Tina and I served together on the board of lllinois Hands & Voices... Read more »