Better Hearing Consumer

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Jun. 26, 2023

Was That MY Name They Called?

Gael Hannan
On a recent road trip in the US, I needed to talk to my doctor in Canada. A simple, accessible telehealth appointment cleared up my issue. On the screen and using my assistive devices, I could see him, hear him and speechread him. I didn’t have to ask him to speak louder, because I controlled the volume on my devices.
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Jun. 13, 2023

Hearing the Vows

Gael Hannan
  My son is getting married on Saturday. This is one of those monumental life events, not only for the bride and groom, but for me – my only shot at being the mother of, in this case, the groom. And at this wedding, I want to hear my boy Joel and his girl Jacqui say their vows. It will
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Jun. 06, 2023

Other People’s Hearing Aids

Gael Hannan
In my single days, when any random guy entered my field of vision, my eyes would slide to his ring finger on a quick intelligence-gathering mission: why waste precious flirting time with someone who is spoken for? While I still do this on occasion, out of habit, I’m more likely wherever I go—the grocery store, a restaurant—to aim my sight
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May. 29, 2023

Hearing While Deaf (by David Myers)

Gael Hannan
You’ll be told that your hearing’s so murky and muddy, your case calls for special intensified study. They’ll test you with noises from far and from near and you’ll get a black mark for the ones you can’t hear. Then they’ll say, “My dear fellow, you’re deafer than most. But there’s hope, since you’re not quite as deaf as a
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May. 23, 2023

Does It Matter?

Gael Hannan
How much does it matter – losing one’s hearing? That’s a silly question, unless we ask: who does it matter to? It obviously matters to those of us who have it, because it colors and shapes almost everything we do. How we accept and deal with it is personal, a lifelong journey. But does hearing loss matter to people who
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May. 08, 2023

Living in a Sound Shadow

Gael Hannan
I can’t hear through walls and around corners. A more accurate statement would be that I can’t understand through walls and around corners. If I don’t see the sound source or, if I can’t see the lips of the human making the sound, I usually do not understand. Those walls and corners cause sound shadows. Also known as an acoustic
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May. 02, 2023

The Joy of Reclaiming a Lost Sound

Gael Hannan
Recently, on a walk in the woods, I sensed a half-forgotten fragrance. It was the smell of tall cedars, firs and undergrowth warming up after the winter – earthy, sweet, green. I hadn’t smelled it for a long time, and it came with a jolt of pleasure. Over the next couple of days, I experienced similar smells that I felt
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Apr. 24, 2023

What a HoH Should Know (To Be True)

Gael Hannan
  HoH = Hard of Hearing = Person with Hearing Loss = (Or, However You Choose to Identify!) I’m a HoH. I like the term because it’s snappy and takes less time to say than “I’m hard of hearing” or “I’ve got hearing loss”. But I use it only with like-minded people, the ones with hearing loss, because other people (the hearing
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Apr. 18, 2023

When Mommy Can’t Hear the Love

Gael Hannan
A hearing parent hears warning sounds that a hard of hearing parent cannot, leading to some Frightening Mommy Moments. And when my son Joel was small and even when looking directly at me – which was one of his early life lessons – it took work to understand him as his speech developed. (Eventually, as a child of a mother
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Apr. 05, 2023

Hearing Nature: Birdcalls, Hisses and Growls

Gael Hannan
  “Honey, what’s that sound?” “A bird.” “What kind?” “You’ve got to be kidding. I dunno, one with feathers.” On the hiking trails, spring wildflowers are popping up, and I’m grateful for these silent beauties of nature. Hearing sounds out of doors has always been a challenge for me. Nature has no walls to contain sound and no light switch