Seen & Heard: Juliette Sterkens

Cindy Dyer's Blog

Juliette Sterkens, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), just made her Seen & Heard profile debut in the March/April 2013 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, which just arrived in member mailboxes. I photographed Juliette at HLAA’s Convention 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island last June.

Other members previously profiled were Danielle NicosiaJohn KinstlerJudy Martin, Anne TaylorSam Spritzer, Jeff Bonnell, Eloise Schwarz, Glenice Swenson, Laurie Pullins, Rosemary Tuite and Kathy Borzell, Tommy Thomas,Marisa Sarto, George Kosovich and Gary Trompower.

Join the Hearing Loss Association of America!
Do you have a hearing loss or know someone who does? Consider membership in the Hearing Loss Association of America. Student annual dues are $20, individual annual dues are $35, and family/couple annual dues are $45. Fees outside the U.S. are slightly higher. All…

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Seen & Heard: Don Doherty

Cindy Dyer's Blog

Don Doherty, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), just made his Seen & Heard profile debut in the March/April 2013 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. I photographed Don at HLAA’s Convention 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island last June.

Other members previously profiled were Danielle NicosiaJohn KinstlerJudy Martin, Anne TaylorSam Spritzer, Jeff Bonnell, Eloise Schwarz, Glenice Swenson, Laurie Pullins, Rosemary Tuite and Kathy Borzell, Tommy Thomas,Marisa Sarto, George Kosovich, Gary Trompower and Juliette Sterkens.

Join the Hearing Loss Association of America!
Do you have a hearing loss or know someone who does? Consider membership in the Hearing Loss Association of America. Student annual dues are $20, individual annual dues are $35, and family/couple annual dues are $45. Fees outside the U.S. are slightly higher. All memberships include…

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Vanishing Rainbow (Day 67)

Did you catch a glimpse of the rainbow yesterday?

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The first day of Spring has been quite interesting.  We’ve had rain, hail, thunderstorms, sun and a vanishing rainbow.  It was literally vanishing as I ran from window to window trying to capture the best shot.

It was a pretty cool view, something you don’t see everyday.

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American Idol with hearing loss

Hidden Hearing's (Ireland) Blog

american-idol-season-12-angela-millerA 19 year old singer on the current series of American Idol has been grabbing headlines for her voice as well as an interesting back story.

Angie Miller plays piano and writes her own songs, but also suffers from hearing loss in both ears.

Miller has been impressing judges so far at the live performances on the TV show and already has 2.5 million views on YouTube of one of her performances.

American Idol is one of America’s highest rated shows and has launched the careers of pop stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. The show is due to air its final in May and boasts judges such as Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Dolores Madden from Hidden Hearing said: “It is extremely encouraging to see Angie Miller do so well in American Idol despite her significant hearing loss. She is living proof that hearing impairment should not stop you from achieving…

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Google Hangouts Bring Sign Language Support And Keyboard Shortcuts

Lexington School for the Deaf

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Google has announced few things for the Hangouts:

Accessibility is something we care a lot about on the Hangouts team. The Hangout Captions app, for example, enables live transcription services for the deaf and hard of hearing (http://goo.gl/4RujF). And “Take the Floor” makes it easier for sign language speakers to do a Hangout together (http://goo.gl/chyKS). Today we’re rolling out two accessibility improvements in Hangouts – a Sign Language Interpreter app, and a fuller set of keyboard shortcuts.

1) Using the Sign Language Interpreter app, deaf or hard of hearing users who prefer sign language can invite interpreters to speak and sign for them during a Hangout. They’ll always see their interpreter at the top right of the window, and they’ll become the focus of the Hangout whenever their interpreter speaks for them. You can install the app using this link:https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_?gid=532733437531.

2) Keyboard shortcuts are…

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Deaf Woman Hears 6-Year-Old Son’s Voice For First Time

Lexington School for the Deaf

A heartwarming video of a deaf mother hearing her 6-year-old son’s voice for the first time has recently gone viral.

The emotional clip was originally uploaded to YouTube in September 2012, but has resurfaced (much to our delight) after the young woman’s aunt Catherine Arnold posted an update on Amy’s progress.

The 26-year-old, who has been deaf since birth, heard the sound of her parents’ and 6-year-old son’s voices for the first time after having cochlear implants fitted.

In the clip Amy says she is confused after hearing her dad’s voice and her eyes fill with tears as her son waves to her saying “Hi mom!”

Thank you to everyone that appreciates and feels what a beautiful time this was and continues to be for Amy and our families.”She is continuing her hard work of speech and sound therapy to distinguish what sound is.

“Her pronunciation has improved vastly and…

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I’d like to think of them as human

Is case you play candy crush also….

Adventures of a Deaf Adult

So I have to admit something… I have an addiction. If the first step to the road of recovery is admitting you have a problem, consider this my first step. Here is the kicker though… my addiction is a certain game… called… Candy Crush… I know I know, it’s not a real addiction, and it isn’t one I’m willing to give up just yet, but hear me out… it’s a game sensation. If you haven’t tried it yet, here is your warning, it is ADDICTING. Let me go on to the main reason of this blog post: the game makers.

Now the game is fun, its addicting, but those game makers, I’m sure if they are human and have any soul at all, (and if they had the ability to watch me play) they would get so frustrated with me, screaming at me, “just pass the level, pass it, here……

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