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 … Read more

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 … Read more

“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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

How Much Fun Was That?

This past June,  I was honoured to help open and close the joint convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People.  

I Made the Cover!

I am honoured to be featured in the September/October 2016 issue of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s magazine, Hearing Loss. My article, Hearing Loss Isn’t Funny,  takes a look at what people consider humorous about communication challenges – and what isn’t.   Click here for the HLAA site.

I Got a Cochlea Tattoo!

If there’s one thing you don’t need when you have hearing loss, it’s another reminder that you have it. We get plenty of reminders throughout the day—every day—with sounds we can’t quite understand, people mumbling, and captioning that’s missing when we need it. So why on earth would I mark my body with an inky rendition … Read more