Do You or Someone You Know Have a Hearing Loss?
Save your communication from dyingTips, strategies and insights on communicating with someone who does not hear well.
Non-Verbal CommunicationResearch reveals only 7% of communication is achieved through WORDS!
Technology that can help with hearing lossInformation on technology for the phone, TV, one-on-one conversations and more.
Lighter side of Hearing LossAnimated cartoons and stills pointing out the humorous side of not hearing perfectly.
Hearing AidsDo you need them? What kind to get? Pros and cons of the most common treatment for hearing loss
Having trouble communicating? Losing connection with someone you care about? Are you Frustrated?
Whether you have a hearing loss, or interact with those who have imperfect hearing – I am here to help you glean understanding, sensitivity, and tips to make communication and connection possible.
I have been profoundly hearing impaired since 4 years old, when a high fever sheared away about 60% of my hearing. I did not understand the dynamics of my hearing loss, how it is I manage to hear with what little hearing I do have, and the emotional impact of my loss until I was nearly forty years old. And that was just the beginning. A much broader awareness did not emerge until almost 10 years later! Much of what I experienced applies not just to one with a hearing loss, but to anyone with a diminished physical capability of any sort – real or perceived.
After nearly 60 years of living with a hearing loss, I am familiar with:
The negative consequences of not accepting the hearing loss (or one’s limitations in general)
The avoidance of people or organizations/businesses that make it difficult for me to communicate with them.
The isolation and depression that accompanies hearing loss.
The strain hearing loss has on family and friends.
The inconvenience of a hearing loss in a business setting.
The diminished confidence due to a hearing loss.
The negative, sometimes dangerous, consequences of “faking” that I hear
The frustration and embarrassment of interacting with those who do not know how to talk to a person with imperfect hearing
The pain of being rejected because of my diminished hearing
The challenges of being a Toastmaster leader with a hearing loss (I was a Distinguished District Governor 2003-2004 for District 52).
The liberation that comes with embracing the loss and working with myself and others to help me get along in my world.
The satisfaction others experience when they successfully interact with me.
The satisfaction of being connected to my world.
On this site I will address myths associated with hearing loss. I’ll impart knowledge about how to create satisfied and loyal clients, customers, family and friends that have imperfect hearing. I’ll share the technologies that are available to assist those of us with imperfect hearing I’ll share insights for successful, meaningful connection. It all comes from my personal experience, observations and study.