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Hello Again. It's (e! Been a Long Time!

Hello there! It has been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I have been busy. Plenty of interesting events occurred and I learned a good amount. I am eager to share more information surrounding deaf and hard of hearing issues and education. I still work as a hard of hearing itinerant teacher in Georgia. Show More Summary

Don't Hide Your Hearing Aids

Usually, when people are very uncomfortable with a certain aspect of themselves that they spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide it. Perhaps they were bullied for it. Sometimes it just takes one person to make a negative comment about it. Show More Summary

For Patti

12/31/13"There is a weird thing that happens when you fall outside.When you find out your child is deaf you mourn, you mourn hard if you know nothing. Then you find out it is ok you meet other people and over time you learn it is ok to joke. Show More Summary

Closed-Captioned Video Examples

Char James Tanny put together a great list of resources on captioned videos. I wanted to capture it here so I could embed videos, share a few notes and post screen shots from YouTube. They are examples showing how the following types of videos differ: no captions basic captions (built-in video) captions (turn on/off) transcripts … Continue reading »

YouTube Auto-Captioning

A New Meme Is Brewing: YouTube CaptionFail. This is one of those situations where you wonder is it good to have captioning even though a lot of it is messed up or no captioning. I tried to autocaption two of my previously captioned videos. I took off the captions and let YouTube try its hand. … Continue reading »

DC's Marion Barry's Deaf Legacy

2 months agoHealth / Ears & Hearing : RLMDEAF

The District of Columbia's "Mayor for Life", Marion Barry recently passed away at age of 78 last Sunday morning, November 23rd. Barry was well-known for promoting the civil rights for many people including Deaf people.The Barry administration...Show More Summary

A Quick Update

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I have been missing blogging here and want to get back into the swing of things, but life has been full – pleasantly so.A few updates from my end: Early in the summer, I noticed I was having a lot of trouble hearing. Show More Summary

Stanford Article: Seeing at the Speed of Sound

I love “Seeing at the Speed of Sound,” a long article by Rachel Kolb that could’ve very well been written by me. I can relate to dealing with mumblers, people with accents, spy comments, darkness and encounters with the deaf community. Not only is it hard to lipread mumblers and people with accent, but others … Continue reading »

Hearing and the Brain

One of my favorite classes in grad school was brain anatomy; but, the day we dissected a real brain was a letdown. This was what controlled our thought, emotions, learning, speaking, movement? It seemed so small and....rubbery. Later, I got to see the brain in the operating room when learning how to do interoperative monitoring. Show More Summary

A little of this, a little of that

Charlotte, NC - NASCAR racing is big business and draws big crowds to the city. To discuss a negative about the sport is blasphemy to some people; so I was a little hesitant hitting the "publish" button on Racing Towards Hearing Loss. Show More Summary

When interests meet

Cooking has always been a passion of mine; I admit that starting out it was a bit rocky - there was that time in college I had to mop macaroni and cheese off the ceiling and cabinets - but with practice I learned how to cook healthy and delicious meals. Show More Summary

Hearing 101

Every day I go to work I get the opportunity to educate people. Some days it is teaching other professionals what diagnostic tests and rehabilitation options audiology can provide to their patients. Other times it is helping a person navigate the complexities of getting help for hearing loss. Show More Summary

Interview With a SoundBite Recipient at Speak Up Librarian

Over at Speak Up Librarian, you can check out an interview with a recipient of the SoundBite, a product designed by Sonitus Medical. The SoundBite uses bone conduction to transmit sound via the patient's teeth - it's an in-the-mouth hearing device custom-fit for each recipient.I thought this interview was very interesting. Show More Summary

And Your Name is Jonah

The cover art for And Your Name is Jonah. And Your Name is Jonah is a 1979 made-for-television movie starring Jeffrey Bravin in the title role, with Sally Struthers and James Woods playing Jonah's parents.In the movie, young Jonah has just left a mental hospital, where he has spent three years as a result of misdiagnosis of mental retardation. Show More Summary

A Quick Update

Tripp with my husband this past Sunday. I guess all of the things they say about free time going out the window when you have kids is true! I apologize for not blogging more. This blog has been on my mind the past few days, though, so...Show More Summary

Response to Viewpoint about Deaf Community

I appreciate Kayla Davis sharing her experience as the child of parents who are deaf in January 4’s Viewpoints. However, readers need to hear (no pun intended) another person’s perspective. When my parents found out I was born profoundly deaf, they chose to raise me orally. As a result, I learned how to communicate by … Continue reading »

Why VRI Can Suck

So my son is very sick in the hospital with very little blood. He is vertical and doesn't feel any energy to sit up for a monitor. VRI was offered..imagine being so sick you can't even use your hands. Now imagine a screen with a terp miles away… huh?I refused VRI in the emergency room.As his parent I saw it would not work. Show More Summary

How To Be A Really Scared Momma

He was admitted….. but we never signed anything….. emergency? We were finally admitted on out last day at the hospital.We were placed in a room at the children's hospital and things moved so fast, really fast. My son was quickly turning yellow. Show More Summary


January 1 2003I came across a photo tonight. It is of my daughter, almost 3, covered in mud in my backyard wearing a Disney princess dress. She is smiling,and so I sit and think, I do that, about how we percieve our experiences and how...Show More Summary

He Can't Just Catch A Cold…. This Deaf Kid Always Pushes The Envelope

Wegener's granulomatosis, which is also called granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) Early diagnosis and treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis may lead to a full recovery. Without treatment, Wegener's granulomatosis can be fatal, most commonly from kidney failure. Show More Summary

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