Blog: Better Hearing Consumer

Learning What We Need to Learn

As we human beings grow up, we get bigger, hopefully better, although never perfect. Nature likes to throw curve-balls, forcing us to adopt exercise or medicine or body adjustment changes to recover and improve our well-being. Some of us actually transform into semi-technical creatures. In order to hear, I’m a battery-operated person with my hearing … Continue reading Learning What We Need to Learn

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Recent Blogs

Celebrating with 1000 New Friends: Changing Cochleas, Part 4

A group of geese is called a ‘gaggle’ and cows form a ‘herd’. So what do we call a group of cochlear implant users?  A “cockle”? A “CI-heard”? I don’t know, either, but recently I attended a very large gathering of electrically-operated people who, like me, have electrodes inside their heads and processors on top … Continue reading Celebrating with 1000 New Friends: Changing Cochleas, Part 4

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Changing Cochleas, Part 3: Activation!

February 6, 2017, just one day out of my life, but with so many expectations hanging on it that I was reluctant to get out of bed. Three weeks and four days after my cochlear implant (CI) surgery, this was the day of “switch on”, the activation of the device – and potentially the dawn … Continue reading Changing Cochleas, Part 3: Activation!

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Changing Cochleas, Part 2

Are you one of those people who never looks back, who never second guesses a decision? Well, I’m not. In the 14 months between saying let’s do it and actually having my cochlear implant, I did not regret my decision. But when people asked me if I was excited about the cochlear implant, I always … Continue reading Changing Cochleas, Part 2

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Book -The Way I Hear It

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."

    Student

  • "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