A version of this was originally published in Prevention Magazine's "9 Women Share What It Feels Like To Lose Your Hearing." You don’t appreciate your hearing until you lose it. You may not even realize it’s happening. Hearing loss can develop gradually, and our body instinctively adjusts. Or if you’re like me, you spend 12 years denying it… Continue reading What Is It Really Like to Lose Your Hearing?
The negative stigma hearing aids have is not the products fault. It’s not the fault of those of us who wear them. And it’s not the fault of the hearing professionals who fit them or the manufacturers who create them. It is the fault of the judgmental public who has learned in recent years, that… Continue reading We can’t break the hearing loss stigma alone
Pixar and Disney have a knack for making us stop and think more deeply about some of the changes life throws at us or the obstacles some people face—adults and kids. Through the powerfully emotive world of colored animation, we are held captive for hours in the theater, and then when we leave, we find… Continue reading How Finding Dory’s Bailey and Hank Could Help Us Embrace Hearing Loss and Anxiety
It stares at me from the darkness, ever watchful and aware. There are times I forget It's presence and walk blissfully unaware for hours, days, sometimes even months. Life becomes indescribably beautiful, full of light, joy and opportunity. Life is not tainted with worry, sorrow or fear, and it is not consumed by the instances of… Continue reading An Unbroken Chain: Forgiveness is Easy, Forgetting is Hard
It seemed so insignificant seven years ago when I first got my drivers license. It seemed a hassle when after losing it in Florida over Spring Break last year; I had to return to Texas to get a replacement. It was so precious today as I held it in my hand one last time before… Continue reading Goodbye Truck. Goodbye License.
Anger is such a delicate passion. It is volatile, and yet, it is as fragile as glass, its very membrane broken with the slightest touch. Guilt and fear prey upon anger, drinking its fire until nothing but ashes are left. It is so easily created, so vehemently protected and yet so easily destroyed. And it is… Continue reading Anger: The Little Black Box Inside
(appeared in Sept. 2014 Missouri Hearing Society Newsletter) Two college boys shout at me across the living room, their white cotton shirts lifted with one hand to conceal their mouths. "Can you hear me?" "What about now?" "Hey! Hey! Can you hear me?" They shout at me through the fabric assuming I can't hear them. I can.… Continue reading Can you HEAR me NOW?