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 …

8 Great Resources to Learn American Sign Language

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Many people express an interest in learning American Sign Language yet rarely pursue it because of a fear of difficulty or cost.   However, there are many ways one can learn a good deal of ASL alone. For those of us who are deaf/HoH and rely on ASL to communicate and have friends or family members who truly want to learn on their own time, these apps and websites can help tremendously! And it is especially helpful for parents who want to communicate with their toddlers.   Keep in mind that these are only tools and are not a replacement for actual in-person learning, whether through a classroom or a tutor. They can be a supplement for classroom learning but …

Fatherhood Tales: Deafness, Tourette’s and Becoming a Father

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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.