Since 2011, some unlucky genetics have wreaked havoc on my hearing. A little high-school music during running seasons dint help either, contributing to my already annoying tinnitus. For a while, I let my worsening hearing loss take over my life. (I may have hid out at the barn instead of heading to class to avoid missing half my professor’s words and feeling stupid.) By the fall of 2013 (after I failed my law school torts class), my hearing loss became the focal point of my life and this blog my sanctuary. I’m also currently a member of the HLAA – Twin Cities.
Since then, “Hear ‘What?’ (formerly “Conscious Ramblings”) has continued to be not only a sanctuary for myself, but has also become a place where I try to help others with hearing loss and those who know or love people with hearing loss. My hearing loss will never go away, but it’s made me a stronger person and has opened the door to me for a bright future giving back.
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, University of Missouri,
- Associated Press Sports Editors
- Missouri Press Association
- Society of Professional Journalists
- Hermes Creative Awards
- St. Louis Rams
- St. Louis Business Journal
- Elite Daily
- Prevention Magazine 9 Women Share What It Feels Like To Lose Your Hearing
- Columbia Missourian.
I am available for speaking arrangements and writing opportunities. Please contact me here.
Some upcoming hearing-related projects:
- The “Hear ‘What?'” YouTube series (TBD early 2018)
- A comical, sarcasm-infused memoir about having hearing loss (In process, seeking writers agents)
- A co-authored animated children’s book series (The Adventures of Clay and Kaya) to support two non-profit foundations: Starkey Hearing Foundation and Colorado Puppy Rescue.
Other projects in process:
- Eternalizing MemoryFinally, if you just want to connect about your hearing loss or, well anything, feel free to connect or leave a comment!