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Aug. 09, 2022

Trivial questions About Hearing Loss

Gael Hannan
Don’t you just hate the “entertaining” clickbait that exists solely to gather our personal information and sell questionable products?  You won’t believe what this big star looks like now! Drink this every day for a week and you’ll have the flattest belly in town! And there’s the hearing loss and tinnitus clickbait:             One pill a day will stop that
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Aug. 03, 2022

How I Learned to Hear a Whale

Gael Hannan
With hearing loss, a person may perceive sounds as distorted or too soft to make sense of, and of course they may not hear them at all. ‘Hearing’ people may have difficulty grasping this because when a sound happens, they hear it. They can’t help it – it’s a human superpower they take for granted. And get this: not only
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Jul. 12, 2022

Auditus Damnum! New Descriptions for Hearing Loss Emotions

Gael Hannan
Have you ever felt emotions about ‘something’, but you can’t find quite the right word to describe them? Often when we can’t find the right word for an emotion, it’s because it doesn’t exist!  I’ve been reading a fascinating book called The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig, which is infinitely more enjoyable than the title suggests. It’s a
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Jul. 05, 2022

When My Ears Go Dark

Gael Hannan
It’s that time of the day. My hearing devices have done their duty – and I’m done with them. They need a break to recharge from their job of amplifying the world, of trying to make sense of words, of trying to identify the multiple swishhh-sounds that could be anything from a fan to the dishwasher or a passing car.
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Jun. 30, 2022

Why You Should Meet Other HoHs!

Gael Hannan
I just returned from the first live convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America since 2019, pre-pandemic days. It was just as awesome, fun, and inspiring as ever. Also hot and steamy – Tampa in June is not the coolest place on earth. But that’s a minor quibble. The following is why I believe that every person with hearing
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Jun. 20, 2022

I’m Just Going To Rest My Ears …

Gael Hannan
Both of my parents used to say I’m just going to rest my eyes for a bit. As kids, we knew that we were about to be tuned out. Nothing in the world requiring their attention at this minute was going to get it. We had to find someone else to bother, because mom and dad were closing their lids
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Jun. 07, 2022

The Hearing Loss Puzzle Pieces – That Don’t Always Fit

Gael Hannan
Today was one of those “off” days. Lots of things going wrong, nothing major, but just enough, including a hearing-related thing, to make you a bit grumpy. For days like these, I’ve developed some signposts that help me along the hearing loss journey. These sayings inspire me (when I stop and think about them) to live better with my issue.
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May. 31, 2022

Hearing Aid Batteries – They Keep Me Charged!

Gael Hannan
I am a battery-operated person, and nothing can drive me to panic faster than the realization I’m out of batteries for my hearing devices. A million years ago, I used to smoke cigarettes and I would never leave home without making sure I had enough smokes in my bag. I broke that addiction a long time ago, and now I’m
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May. 17, 2022

I Can’t Hear You – I’m Too Tired!

Gael Hannan
What’s another word for tired, pooped, exhausted, or weary? Because whatever that word is, that’s what I am today. Today I can’t hear as well as I could yesterday. I can hear the birds just fine, but understanding speech or conversations is, temporarily, a lost art. Luckily, the only one around is the Hearing Husband and he’s not interested in
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May. 10, 2022

6 Ways to Ask for What You Need (Hearing-Wise)

Gael Hannan
Fact: Our personal hearing and communication needs are not always top of mind in other people, in any given moment. Shocking, eh? Fact: Sometimes (or often), we just aren’t good at asking for what we need – at least, in a way that gets the results we want. All sorts of emotions get in the way – resentment that they