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. …

Getting Personal: The Tears of a Clown

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Many times, over the years, we come to understand that laughter is the best medicine. It can make us forget our troubles, makes others feel better and can even be good for our actual physical and mental health. But what about when we laugh to keep from crying? Those times when we joke around and laugh to put others at ease but inside we’re hurting?   Sadness, depression and anxiety can take us for an emotional rollercoaster ride that can leave us feeling like nothing is going right; with highs and lows that cannot exactly be quantified with accurate descriptors. It’s a painful and bewildering feeling of hopelessness. Sometimes with no actual cause. It’s a wave that comes over you …

When the Needs of the Few…

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…trump the needs of the many. This is a reversal and slight rewording of a common phrase used to remind the troops that the well-being of the citizens of a country weigh more than their own lives. It’s a rallying phrase that calls to mind the purpose of the Armed Forces to carry on with their gallantry and bravery to self-sacrifice, if need be, for those who sit unknowingly and perhaps worriedly, at home in relative safety. Their uniformed lives and deaths are meant to protect us all. But what happens when the needs of the few, or the well-off, matter more than the needs of many? Trouble looms large in this new administration. From the gutting of the Affordable …

Fatherhood Tales: Being Deaf and Raising a Hearing Son

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No one ever said being a father was easy. In fact, I’ve found the challenges of fatherhood to be harder as a deaf father of a teenage hearing son.   Now, let me be clear: I love my son. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him if he needed it. I have been there since before he was born. And it hasn’t been easy, especially when I broke up with his mother. It was very painful time and full of adjustments, concessions and agreements… with disagreements sprinkled here and there. Still though, these are things many families deal with.   However, as many deaf parents of hearing children will attest, when your child becomes a teenager and puberty rears …