Tag: deaf

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 »

Maggi Summerhill-- Her World Went Silent

Maggi Summerhill began losing her hearing in her right ear when she was ten years old after a bout with meningitis.  She began wearing two hearing aids to help her locate sound, but once she was exposed to teasing and some hitting from her classmates, she quickly ditched the hearing aids.  She found that she... 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 »

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 »

Going Deaf Was a Blessing

I was born with hearing in the so-called “normal” range.  I started losing my hearing in elementary school and received my first hearing aid when I was nine.  I hated the thing.  No one ever saw it, because I kept it hidden under my long hair, or stuffed in my pocket.  The hearing aid didn’t... 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 »

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 »

Welcome to 'Barefoot in the 'Burbs'

Welcome to ‘Barefoot in the ‘Burbs.’  As you can guess, I’m not crazy about shoes.  As a kid, my Mom used to holler at me before I took off out the door, “Karen, put some shoes on!”  Flip flops were about the only shoes I embraced during the summer and I once spent nearly an... Read more »