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Jul. 10, 2012

A HoH In Paris

Gael Hannan
Ah, Paris – it was the highlight of a two-week vacation with the Hearing Husband in Belgium and France. The ‘City of Light’ is busy and noisy and full of wonderful sounds, most of which (I think) I heard. But really, who cares about perfect communication when you’re gazing open-mouthed, in awe, at the night-lit Eiffel Tower? And what’s the
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Jul. 03, 2012

I’m A Hearing Loss Worry-Wart

Gael Hannan
Ever since I joined up with the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, I’ve been immersed in positive hearing communication strategies.  Over time, I’ve been dunked, dredged and baked into a confident and assertive advocate for people with hearing loss. But on occasion, little cracks appear in the armor.   I have bad hearing moments
Jun. 26, 2012

The HoH Emergency Travel Kit

Gael Hannan
This is a short blog, because I’m going on vacation tomorrow and if you’re reading this, I’m already there. As I pack for this trip, I’m keeping a hard-learned lesson in mind: always be prepared. To most people, preparedness means double-checking that all essential clothes and travel documents are packed and the cell phone is updated with crucial text and
Jun. 18, 2012

Driving, The Hard of Hearing Way

Gael Hannan
Being pulled over by the police has always been one of my secret dreads. Not because I’m hard of hearing, or carry illegal stuff in the trunk, but because I don’t want a policeman to be mad at me. Can’t help it; it’s the way I was raised, to respect the law. Little baby boomers playing in the streets would
Jun. 12, 2012

Stories from My First Speechreading Class

Gael Hannan
In 1998, I joined 20 other people for a speechreading instructor-training program in Calgary.  It sounded like fun;  I could read lips and I figured I’d be good at it – and as the stay-at-home mom of a 2-year old, it seemed like a golden opportunity to get out of the house each week. The instructors-in-training, drawn from every Canadian province and territory,
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Jun. 04, 2012

The Truth About Mona

Gael Hannan
That smile, really just a slight curve of the lips.  Are the eyes smiling too, or just watching someone? But who, and why? For hundreds of years, art lovers, kings and peasants have marveled at Mona Lisa’s beauty and pondered the source of the  enigmatic smile. But I, immune to her romantic appeal, know why. Mona Lisa was hard of
May. 14, 2012

Show Me (The Lips): A Rap Song for People With Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
To really hammer home a message,  find a unique way to express it.    I came up with a new idea (maybe not a good idea, but definitely a new one) when I was talking about communication to a group of high school students with hearing loss.  A tactful young fellow said that he liked my presentation  a lot, but perhaps I should consider adding a little music to make it more interesting.
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May. 08, 2012

What I Didn’t Know About Hearing Aid Batteries

Gael Hannan
When considering a blog about hearing aid batteries, I thought “What’s to write? When I put them in, I hear. When they sputter out, I don’t. I put in new batteries. End of boring story.” On second thought, I’ve been “doing” hearing aid batteries for 37 years (I started young), and  I don’t usually think about them until there’s a
May. 01, 2012

The Boy in the Yellow Sweatshirt: A Tale of Hearing Aid Advocacy

Gael Hannan
Has this happened to you? You’re talking to someone new and the communication is difficult. You say, “I’m hard of hearing (or use hearing aids); would you mind speaking up?” The person responds, “Oh, I’m a little, you know, harda-hearing, too. Well, not really. Just a bit, sort of, kind of.” “Oh, so you don’t use hearing aids?” “Oh gosh
Apr. 24, 2012

Speaking of Hearing Loss: Optimism Overcoming Obstacles

Gael Hannan
The 16-year old boy, wearing two hearing aids and a serious expression, stepped up to the podium. “Good evening judges, parents, fellow speakers and hearing resource teachers. I would like to talk to you tonight about how my optimism helps me overcome my obstacles.” I was one of the judges and this was the opening bell of an emotional evening.