Friday, February 06, 2009

Veterans With Hearing Loss

Please check out this news article. . . this featured veteran is a member of my HLA of Knoxville Chapter and is a wonderful young man. Mark Brogan is helping HLAA reach out to veterans nationwide who have lost their hearing as a result of their military service.

HLAA is offering a Complimentary Membership in HLAA for Vets of OIF and OEF and a free HLAA Convention 2009 Registration to Nashville. Mark and I have been working with HLAA on this project. For more information, go to the Hearing Loss Association of America website and click on the flag on the right side.

I'm so proud of Mark and he will be a great advocate!

Monday, February 02, 2009

A New CI Friend

I continue to advocate and support others with hearing loss on a weekly basis and would like to introduce you to Becky! She emailed me a few weeks ago asking for advice on going bilateral since she already has a cochlear implant. To make a long story short, I met her in person last Wednesday night at a CI Support Group meeting and found her to be a delightful person, as well as her husband. And we connected right away. There is something about having an "immediate" connection with someone who has a hearing loss and knows what it is like. Becky's hearing journey and history is very similar to mine (diagnosed early, wore hearing aids all/most of our lives, mainstreamed in the hearing world, etc.) I encouraged her to start a blog about her journey so she can tell her story. . . .

Go HERE and give her some encouragement and support! (I also added her to my sidebar on the right)