Better Hearing Consumer

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Jul. 31, 2012

Wedding Vows for Hard of Hearing People

Gael Hannan
What happens if the groom says “I Do,” and the bride says “Pardon?”  If you don’t hear your partner’s wedding vows, are you legally married? Some people dismiss a marriage certificate as just another piece of paper that has no bearing on the quality or substance of a committed relationship. That may be true for some folks, but I believe that
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Jul. 24, 2012

Tech Advice From The Deafened, CI-Using, Audiologist

Gael Hannan
I am delighted to welcome a guest blogger this week – Peter Stelmacovich, the FM and SoundField Product Manager for Phonak Canada.  Peter is a late-deafened audiologist and a CI user whose expertise and advocacy have supported people across the continent (and  probably around the world).  He is also a fellow Canadian, as well as my colleague at the Canadian
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Jul. 17, 2012

Can You Smell Better with Hearing Loss? (And Other Crazy Questions)

Gael Hannan
“You have your hearing aids in, how come you didn’t hear me?” “I guess you see better than other people because of your hearing loss, eh?” It’s difficult to understand hearing loss if you don’t have it. We know this because hard of hearing people are asked variations of these and many more questions all the time. Every day, everywhere
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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.