“If you could, would you ever change being hearing impaired?” I wrap my hands around my coffee and raise the cup to my lips. The bitter liquid warms my throat. I open my mouth. “Not a chance.” The above excerpt is one of the last lines of my book, Hearing Differently. That answer is still … Continue reading What if I was born without hearing loss?
Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope that everyone is taking advantage of the discount chocolate and candies being sold in stores right now. This past Valentine’s Day had me thinking a little about my relationships – with friends, family, colleagues and of course, romantic relationships. My first serious relationship was when I was 21, and … Continue reading I Stayed in a Toxic Relationship Because of my Hearing Loss
At 25 years old, I’ve had my fair share of getting to know complete strangers, whether it’s through school, work or social settings. I’m at a time in my life where I’m constantly meeting new people and as a result, I became a lot more comfortable with disclosing my hearing loss. One thing I’ve always … Continue reading Being Mindful About Hearing Loss
I decided to write my intentions for 2020. Some of these concern my hearing loss, and some of them don’t. But they all work towards me wanting to grow in my relationships, career and more. In 2020, I intend to: Write more. In 2019, I created this blog. In 2019, I wrote more than I … Continue reading New Year: 2020 Intentions
Hearing Differently is doing a collaboration with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – BC Youth Peer Support Program (CHHA-YPS). CHHA-YPS is an organization that supports deaf and hard of hearing students in their navigation of school, work, and social lives. Check out their website and their resources here. I will be posting one blog … Continue reading Accessibility Services in Post-Secondary – Part Two
Do you identify as a person with a disability? I was asked this question, and it gave me some pause. I don’t know? Yes? Maybe not? When it comes to the word ‘disability’, perspective is very important. For me, it boils down to three perspectives. The first is that some people might not like the … Continue reading Do I Identify as a Person with a Disability?
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with all types of disabilities and promotes the value of having a workplace that is inclusive to those workers. In honour of NDEAM, I decided to do a post about the workplace and accessibility – more specifically, about what an individual … Continue reading What Not to do in the Workplace
People with hearing loss can’t drive. “Turn left?” I ask, as my hands grip the steering wheel, my knuckles white. The cool, fall air coming through the open window in the driver’s seat ruffles my hair. Oscar, my driving instructor, sighs in exasperation and raises his feeble hands from his lap to point. “No, no, … Continue reading Driving Tests and Hearing Loss
Do you ever think about your past self and think, if I could go back and tell them something, what would it be? My mind always seems to go back to that question around my birthday. With the knowledge and experience that I have now, what would I tell my younger self? And which younger … Continue reading A Letter to my Past Self
Tomorrow marks two years since I met my boyfriend. I remember the date because it was the week before my birthday, and it was 30 degrees and I almost blacked out from heatstroke…in September. In Canada. A lot of things happened that day. But let’s backtrack for a second. I went on Bumble, swiped a … Continue reading Relationships and Hearing Loss