Blog: Better Hearing Consumer


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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If I Could Hear Perfectly…

If I could hear perfectly, For just one day I’d ask everyone to whisper, Facing away Just to feel, for just one day… The exquisite naturalness of Of hearing perfectly.   By Gael Hannan, in honour of National Poetry Day in Britain, 2016.

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How to Talk to a Hard of Hearing Person (2016)

Conversing with a hard of hearing person is much easier if you, the ‘hearing’ person, are aware of the hearing loss. If you don’t know that the person you’re talking to has a hearing problem, you’re forgiven (somewhat0 for looking off into space as you prattle on, or mumbling, or putting your hands in front of … Continue reading How to Talk to a Hard of Hearing Person (2016)

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When a HoH Meets a Pro

In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros: HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as … Continue reading When a HoH Meets a Pro

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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