Blog: Better Hearing Consumer

Changing Cochleas – Part 1: “Why a CI?”

It was time. On January 12, 2017, I received my cochlear implant (CI) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. This was a huge step—one I had never expected to take in my lifelong pursuit of better communication.   This article is the first in a series called “Changing Cochleas”. The series starts with my … Continue reading Changing Cochleas – Part 1: “Why a CI?”

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Ho, Ho, Ho, I’m a HoH!

Q:  At the start of every holiday season, what’s more common than cookie recipes and decorating ideas? A:  Articles on how to survive the holiday season! They fall like snowflakes on social media, these survival-blogs that offer advice on coping with the annual issues of season – loneliness, depression, finances, family dysfunction, grief—and hearing loss. The last one … Continue reading Ho, Ho, Ho, I’m a HoH!

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“When You’re Going Through Hell…”

“…keep going.” I came across this delicious bit of inspiration on a particularly bad day: tinnitus and hyperacusis were battling for supremacy inside my cranium.  It was hard not to focus on the hellish noise, but these words caught my attention. They even made me smile, because they reflected exactly how I felt at that … Continue reading “When You’re Going Through Hell…”

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Speak Up, Doc, I’m Hard of Hearing (2016)

OK, people with hearing loss, think quickly now. What’s the most challenging aspect of going to the hospital, doctor, or dentist? The eye exam where you can’t see the technician’s lips (or any face-part) because of the lights are inyour eyes? The masked dentist who’s clearly trying to ask you something but you can’t say ‘pardon’with … Continue reading Speak Up, Doc, I’m Hard of Hearing (2016)

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Upcoming Events

Van Riper Lectures, Western Michigan U

I was honoured to be a 2016 Van Riper Lecturer at Western Michigan University on Friday September 30, 2016 in Kalamazoo, along with the amazing Michael Turner. Mike is a stutterer and spoke brilliantly about living with stuttering. The Van Riper Lectures are held each year to honor Charles Van Riper, one of the founders of … Continue reading Van Riper Lectures, Western Michigan U

HLAA – Salt Lake City, June 22-25, 2017

Join me at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s fabulous annual event – this time in Salt Lake City.  More details coming soon!  

CHHA 2017 – Sidney, BC

May 25-27, 2017!  Mark your calendars for a fabulous event in beautiful British Columbia. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is holding its national conference in  the town where I live most of the year – Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island! Come visit!

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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