CHHA Webinar: A Love Story About Hearing

Every day I find opportunities to talk with people about hearing and sound. It might seem obsessive. I like to think of it as “attentive.”

For example, I wanted to get Andreas a little something extravagant for his birthday. Long story short: 3D printing lead to airbrushing, and I was picking up a very nice new Iawata Eclipse whatsit. Andreas got all geeky about it, so it’s a win. Happy Birthday Schatz!

While at Maple Airbrush Supplies, I asked about how loud the airbrush compressors are in case we ever came in for a class. The owner took us out back and fired up the gear. It wasn’t bad at all! So, naturally I started talking about why I was interested in the volume and I gave her a cochlea and as we left she thanked us for sharing our story. People can be so kind.

The reason I wanted my hearing is to be connected to the people I love, and I love my new hearing. In every way, it’s is a love story about hearing. We’re telling the story of healing through the lens of our relationship.

Now we’ve been given the opportunity to speak with a larger audience online. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is hosting a webinar called “A Love Story About Hearing,” featuring Andreas and me. The Q&A portion promises to be interesting. So far all our interviews have been with hearing people. We’ve attended a few small events with CI recipients, but the CHHA audience covers a wide spectrum of hearing health. We’re really looking forward to it.

You can register online: https://www.chha.ca/a-love-story-about-hearing/

Year One in a TV News Nutshell

Today marked a year of hearing. What a year. As Andreas and I talked about it today, it’s a tossup: either it went by in a blink of an eye, or it’s been the longest year ever. It’s both.

It’s both because it went by in a flash, but every moment was so loaded with novelty, or emotion, or discovery, or recovery of sound that they’re imprinted on our memory.

CTV News Edmonton reporter Dan Grummett came by last week to hear our story and share my celebration for a year of hearing. Best. Year. Ever.

Dan found a way to condense a 30 year story into a couple of minutes. And he really hits all the right notes (which I can hear – just sayin’).

Thanks to CTV New Edmonton for sharing good hearing news. #loveyourhearing #deafnotdeaf

Cochlear Celebration

We needed a new blog post, and something better looking than the last apology post. You see, we’re going to Nashville to take part in Cochlear Celebration in February.

So, this is kind of meta, but here we are: a post that’s a post, and also window dressing for a screen capture for the presentation in Nashville. Here…look! There’s even an event graphic!

Cochlear Celebration | Nashville, TN | February 14-17, 2019

That’s the one.

We’re taking in part in two large group presentations. The first is called “When Hearing Loss Hits Home.” Our presentation is a lot about how we talked, and still talk, about hearing loss. We talk about it so much we created a podcast to let others hear what they weren’t hearing from anyone else. The second group session we’re part of is about “Making a Difference;” how being visible has made a difference for other people living with hearing loss. We have a habit of doing things differently, so expect surprises. (ooh can you handle the mystery?)

Nashville. February 14 – 17. See you there!