The High Cost of Deafness

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The High Cost of Hearing Loss   When I first lost my hearing, it was frightening and lonely trying to navigate in a world I used to belong to. Everything had changed, from my ability to communicate to employment opportunities to the possibility of returning to college. Years went by and after being welcomed into the Deaf Community after learning ASL, I quickly found out that my hearing loss was to be an expensive existence.   This isn’t to say that I have to pay everything out of pocket. There are some excellent services and advocacy groups that help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to secure the things they need to increase awareness and function in a hearing world. …

The Best of Both Worlds

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Years ago after I lost my hearing, I couldn’t really enjoy the movies like I wanted to. Trying to follow along with stories just by visual cues was sometimes daunting, though not impossible. Coming from years of movie watching, which I loved, it was heartbreaking to no longer be able to understand what was being said. Going to the movie theater was always an adventure, but now almost became a chore to try to follow along. Scenes would sometimes fly by and I’d only get perhaps part of the gist of the story in broad strokes. I had to study the world all over again. I had to remember voices and sounds and reorient myself in how I followed a …

Our First Annual Community BBQ for Tourette’s Syndrome Awareness Month

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What began as a simple thought became a passion project.   Our second event in the life of this blog was all about spreading awareness of Tourette Syndrome while having fun and meeting others with TS. It was actually through the promotion leading up to the event that we came to know one of the attendees, Madalena.   During our short talks on FB and our Twitter chat with @FlyDuo (along with another prominent guest with Tourette Syndrome), her enthusiasm and genuineness in dispensing information about TS, in general and personally, was refreshing! She was even more engaging in person when we met at the BBQ.   I got there very early and my manager, Mallori, and I set things …