Better Hearing Consumer

Apr. 17, 2012

Running With Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
I’m not much of an athlete. (For a more accurate statement, eliminate the ‘much of’.) But recently, when the scales told me it was time for some exercise, I decided to train for a 5-kilometre race (that’s 3 miles, in American). I want to be able to say, “I’m a runner” with that granola-smug look of marathoners and lose a
Apr. 10, 2012

Confessions of A (Hard of Hearing) Loser

Gael Hannan
I lose things. Frequently. Single earrings and single gloves are favorite things to lose, but reading glasses and car keys are also high on the likely-to-go-missing list. My late mother would have said I lose things because I’m disorganized, but anyone would seem sloppy compared to my nurse/drill sergeant mom. And my husband might point to my desk half-covered with papers
Apr. 03, 2012

If I Could Move Your Lips For You

Gael Hannan
If I could move your lips for you, I would. We’ve been friends forever and I can read your emotions, easily. But reading your words is tough because your lips don’t move, Not much. Friendships with new people, wonderful people, have not flourished Under the strain of communication, but You are my friend – I want to keep talking with you forever.  
Mar. 27, 2012

My Son’s Mom’s Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
Make your bed. Do your homework. Face your mom when you’re talking to her. Three simple house rules – is that too much to ask of my teenage son? I’m not reaching for the moon, or a spotless room or a 95% average. Just three basic life activities that should not be considered undue hardship.  The first two are meant to train
Mar. 20, 2012

The Hard of Hearing Mommy

Gael Hannan
Where’s that voice coming from? Sound localization is one of the most challenging aspects of hearing loss. When I hear birds singing, I always look for them in the trees to my left, although they’re just as likely to my right, ahead or behind me. But I do hear the birds, so what do I care where they are? It
Mar. 12, 2012

How to Talk to People with Hearing Loss (Illustrated Version)

Gael Hannan
Ask the person with hearing loss what you can do to  improve communication:        Ensure the light is on your face and not behind you:    Get the person’s attention before beginning to speak:   Speak clearly and at a normal or slightly slower pace.  Do not shout or overemphasize your words, as this distorts speech and makes speechreading difficult:   Facial expressions
Mar. 06, 2012

Recipes For A Good Cook With Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
I’m a reasonably good cook, nothing fussy or time-consuming, but I do make a wicked vinaigrette.   While browsing the internet for recipes, I found these fundamentals of what makes a good cook – not a world-class chef, just a good cook: 1. Creativity combined with ability to follow a recipe 2. Sharp knives 3. Fresh ingredients But, for the hard of
Feb. 28, 2012

The (Hard of Hearing) Actor’s Nightmare

Gael Hannan
You’re standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people. You’re about to start your speech when you think, “I don’t know the lines. Or the play. Hey, I’m not even an actor!” The actor’s nightmare – every actor has a personal version. A friend of mine dreams of arriving at the theatre to find they’re doing Act III
Feb. 21, 2012

Dining at the HoH Grill: Eat Well, Hear Well!

Gael Hannan
People with hearing loss love to eat – because we are human, after all. But when we eat out, we enter one of our most challenging communication environments – The Restaurant. Whether it’s a hole-in-the-wall diner or a fancy establishment, most restaurants offer, along with the appetizer, main course and dessert, a fine selection of communication barriers: noise, bad lighting,
Feb. 13, 2012

Laughing At Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
This will be a short blog. They say that to live successfully with hearing loss, you must keep your sense of humor. That makes sense; being able to see the funny side of things is an admirable quality. But what if the laugh-at-yourself gene didn’t make it into your DNA strand ? Hearing loss is a goldmine of laughs, especially