Before I was implanted, I had been deaf for a little over a decade. While I could survive just fine without hearing, I deeply desired to be able to hear again. I searched within myself for a long time on whether I should or shouldn’t get the Cochlear Implant. Fear was a big reason I hadn’t considered it for the longest time, but I finally realized I didn’t want to miss out on what I knew I would be missing out on. You know the old saying, “You can’t miss what you’ve never had”? Well, I knew what I was missing because I had it before. While I was hard of hearing for much of my life prior to becoming …
It’s the New Year and I want to talk a little about overcoming stress and anxiety in the workplace, while working with Hearing people….. Faith that things will get better is what keeps me pushing to do better and keep living life, but sometimes I have to hit “Pause” and step back.
One of the things I’ve had to get used to after getting my CI was learning about the things I missed out on when I wasn’t able to hear any longer. Everything from music to the sound of my son’s voice.
Dating can be tough, but what if you elect to date someone who is deaf or hard of hearing?
I’m sure for all fathers-to-be, the prospect of actual fatherhood is both a joyous and scary proposition. As well it should be. But it was fraught, for me, with worries that my son would experience some of the same pains I did by inheriting my Tourette’s or become deaf.
Being a father is an amazing thing in and of itself, but helping to raise a child with the challenges I face is a rewarding experience and one I wouldn’t change for the world.
One of the most common misconceptions about ASL is that it’s just English said with hand signs. Nothing could be further from the truth…
I felt those pangs as I was losing my hearing over the course of months and those times in High School when I had to be carried out of class because my ticcing had taken over my whole body and I was too loud for the entire school.
This is the first post of this kind. For one Wednesday or Friday, every month, I will post two “Getting Personal” blog posts where I give you all a taste of my personal life. This is to help you all see that, perhaps, you are not alone and that our experiences are not so dissimilar.
By Shawn Jackson Losing your hearing can be a frightening thing. How many times have you heard someone say, “If I lost my hearing, I’d die!”