Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

This weekend, I had the opportunity to present the workshop “Thriving with Hearing Loss” at the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) national convention. This was my first ALDA event and, I must confess, ALDA members are some of the best advocates I have ever seen. Here is a glimpse at what I learned from listening … Continue reading

A Book Project Nine Years in the Making

A Book Project Nine Years in the Making

It has been five years since I stopped writing books. Recently I met with two friends, one an author/editor and one an author/book agent. When they asked why I stopped, the answer wasn’t clear. Was it burnout? Work and family stuff competing for time? Lack of interest? After one of these friends prayed, I felt … Continue reading

What is the Easiest Speech Sound to Lip Read?

What is the Easiest Speech Sound to Lip Read?

I recently finished teaching a lip reading class in the Kansas City area. One of the questions I asked attendees was, “When it comes to lip reading, what is the most visible speech sound?” Several hands were raised. “The /M/ sound,” said a gentleman who lost some hearing in the military. “I think it’s the … Continue reading

We Are a Village: Kansas City’s First Hearing Loss Summit

We Are a Village: Kansas City’s First Hearing Loss Summit

This past weekend, I joined more than 100 people with hearing loss or deafness at Kansas City’s first-ever Hearing Loss Summit.┬áThe crowd included fellow lipreading moms, individuals who were born with hearing loss, those who are culturally Deaf, and adults who are late-deafened. I saw several young children wearing cochlear implants or hearing aids. Sign … Continue reading