Lend Us Your Ears

Everybody loves a good story. And we all have a story to tell – our lives, our ‘issues’, our views. But we don’t always have a place to tell it.

People with hearing loss are often hesitant to talk about how their hearing loss makes them feel, or perhaps our friends and family have heard the frustration in our voices far too often and they tune us out.

On HearingHealthMatters.org (HHTM), in the Better Hearing Consumer section, I’ve been fortunate to have a platform where many of those stories can be told. This article marks my 6th anniversary of writing weekly articles (yes, that is a lot of articles!) and during that time, I’ve invited many guest writers to offer their story to the world. And whether it’s my article or those of my guests, somebody reading it somewhere in the world, draws strength and inspiration.

Last week, we read about Hatem Ahmed and his determination to become a dentist and there are many more.

If you’ve missed these stories, I encourage you to look back through the Better Hearing Consumer and read some of the interesting articles on many different aspects of the life with hearing loss. On this web page, type in some key phrases in the search box – like ‘cochlear implant’, ‘living with hearing loss’, ‘communication strategies’, or ‘working with hearing loss’. The search will bring up articles that you might like to read. Drawn randomly from the past six years, here are a few to get you started.

The first one is an article by Lauren Sherwood that has the honor of being the most-read blog ever on HHTM, with upwards of 88,000 reads.

If you have a hearing loss-related story you’d like to write, contact me at hannangd@gmail.com. Your story is one that people with hearing loss will connect to and learn from.


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Unheard Melodies Can Still Be Sweet

The Smile of the Hard of Hearing Dentist

Jeez, B’y – Is You Deaf? (A Newfoundlander’s Story)

My Friend Betty, Extraordinary Person with Hearing Loss

Te Ara Ora: A Journey of Hearing Loss-to-Wellness

Is A Hearing Dog Right For You?: Guest Editor, Denise Portis

A Hard Truth About Hearing Loss and Employment


The Golden Thread: Connecting People with Hearing Loss


About Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is a writer, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog for HearingHealthMatters.org, which has an international following, Gael wrote the acclaimed book "The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss". She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work, which includes advocacy for a more inclusive society for people with hearing loss. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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