Blog: Better Hearing Consumer


Life Without Captions

Do you use captioning?  On TV, perhaps, or in the theater, or on internet videos?  Perhaps you enjoy CART (Communication Access RealtimeTranslation) at live events? It’s not easy to explain the simple power of turning the captions “ON” for people who have difficulty hearing the spoken word. It’s the difference between dark and light, confusion and … Continue reading Life Without Captions

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Recent Blogs


I Dreamt I Had Hearing Loss!

I woke up with a shock the other morning. Actually, the shock didn’t happen right away, because I was thinking about my cool dream of being interviewed for a position as nanny for Justin Trudeau’s kids. (For those not up on Canadian politics, Justin is our Prime Minister.)   The jolt came when I realized … Continue reading I Dreamt I Had Hearing Loss!

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Hanging Out with the HoHs

There’s nothing like an intimate gathering of 150 people with hearing loss. A little bit on the noisy side, but that’s what exhilaration sounds like: people—whose sole, mutual goal is to communicate—connecting to and understanding what’s being said, regardless of who’s saying it. I’ve almost completed 72 hours of recovery from the Canadian Hard of … Continue reading Hanging Out with the HoHs

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Sneaky Tricks to Hear Un-Hearable Sounds

Oh my, those people with hearing loss!  Always going on about how we can’t hear this and we can’t hear that, wailing over the sounds missing in action, like the almighty “S” in speech or breezes in the bushes. One of the bitterest pills of hearing loss is that even if we use assistive technology and … Continue reading Sneaky Tricks to Hear Un-Hearable Sounds

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Book -The Way I Hear It

Upcoming Events

Miracle Ear at Whistler

August 26, 2016:  Pleased to be a keynote speaker at Miracle Ear Canada’s first Canadian conference. Speaking on “HearRage! A Client Perspective”.

World Congress of Audiology

September 18, 2016: Speaking at the opening of this event in Vancouver, BC, drawing hearing health professionals from around the world.  

Van Riper Lectures, Western Michigan U

I’m honoured to be a 2016 Van Riper Lecturer at Western Michigan University on Friday September 30, 2016 in Kalamazoo. The Van Riper Lectures are held each year to honor Charles Van Riper, one of the founders of the professions in communication disorders. This year’s them is Communication Disorders: The Lived Experience.

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  • "The deaf and hard of hearing have been invisible and unheard for too long. Unheard Voices is a wonderful, moving presentation that everyone should hear and see."

    Bev Biderman, Author, “Wired for Sound: A Journey Into Hearing”

  • "Gael gave me words for my feelings."


  • "This workshop changed lives. Kids who refused to wear hearing aids now wear them; students who refused to use the FM system now use it. They say they no longer feel alone."

    Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students