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Deaf Posts from Meriah Nichols

Deaf Blog Posts from Meriah NicholssWelcome!

My name is Meriah Nichols and I am a deaf blogger. This page is a collection of my deaf blog posts – that is, blog posts that are deaf-related .

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Deaf Blog Posts:

Spotify Has Song Lyrics Now (And This is Where You Find Them!)

This a how-to post: how to find the Spotify song lyrics (available for ALL Spotify accounts, paid and free!), and how to enable the Spotify lyrics, as well as what the lyrics look like. I'm deaf and I love music. You'd think that might be an unfortunate combination but really, it only gets to be [...]

Gift Advice for the Deaf Person in Your Life

This is short collection of ideas for gifts for deaf or hard of hearing people. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks for helping to support this site! I should have written this post a long time ago, because I have a [...]

“The Sound of Metal” – A Review

The Sound of Metal is a movie about a man who is going deaf, his experience in learning ASL, Deaf-hood, then getting a cochlear implant. Deaf-reviewed here

How to Communicate With Masks On (Because Lipreaders Are Screwed)

This post is about simple solutions to communicate like the deaf: that is, solutions to by-pass the need to lipread or hear, especially during this time of mask-wearing. This essay and resources are available in a downloadable PDF for my patrons, linked here. It's also at the end of this post for people who benefit [...]

The Best Speech to Text Apps for Live Captions & Recording

This post is about the best speech to text apps. That is, apps to be used on your phone for live captions, to change speech to text, in order to communicate (with the side benefit of recording information, conversations and notes). It is meant to serve as a resource for deaf or Deaf people (hearing [...]

The Best Sites to Learn ASL Online for Adults, Kids, Homeschoolers

Learning ASL has never been so accessible

How to Get Free Hearing Aids

This is about how to get free hearing aids. If you have questions about other resources or this, you can contact me in my "You Ask, I Answer," series or join my Patreon to ask questions in my monthly open-house. This post is available for download on my Patreon site (linked here). Alternatively, you can [...]

Dear Hearing World

This is a a video of a poem and performance about being Deaf in a hearing world. Dear Hearing World Dear Hearing World is a short film directed by Adam Docker, based on Raymond Antrobus’ poem by the same name. The film blends Raymond’s spoken words with music and deaf actress Vilma Jackson’s powerful and [...]

Hearing Fatigue is Real & This is What You Can Do About It

This is about hearing fatigue - also known as listening fatigue. That is, the fatigue that comes from straining to hear when you've got hearing loss. This post includes tips for parents of deaf children and for deaf adults in how to resolve and prevent hearing fatigue. This post is available through distraction-free PDF and also [...]

Samsung Commercial for DeafBlind in India: “Caring for the Impossible”

This is about Samsung commercial for DeafBlind in India. The commercial is called, "Caring for the Impossible." Samsung produced an ad a while ago called, "Hearing Hands." It was about a deaf guy in Turkey, whose community all of the sudden learned sign language to communicate with him. While I was interested in the product [...]

Here’s How DeafBlind Enjoy Music

This is a post about how DeafBlind enjoy music. It includes a video from YouTube on the DeafBlind music enjoyment experience. I am deaf and I pretty much live for music. I also love dancing (and used to live for that!). I  have been asked many, many times how I can enjoy music if I [...]

Disabled Moms Interview Project: DeafBlind Mom Lisa Ferris

Disabled Moms Interview Project featuring DeafBlind mom, Lisa Ferris

How to Use Apple Clips for Live Captions

This is a tutorial on how to add live captions to the free app,  Apple clips. I'm going to cover how to add set it to live transcribe what you are saying, and how you can edit the "craptions," or what was recorded in error. This is the thing: I can rarely understand videos that [...]

Nyle DiMarco: That Dangerous Activist, Destroying the Deaf Community

A new post is calling Nyle DiMarco’s campaign for ASL acquisition for deaf kids, “dangerous”

Should You Buy Hearing Aids From Costco?

A pro/con piece on buying hearing aids from Costco

You Ask, I Answer: What’s the Deaf Experience Like?

Talking about being deaf

Nyle DiMarco Does it Again with Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings!

Awww, Nyle DiMarco! I love him! Check this out, the backstory behind why he decided to make an ASL version of Ariana Grande's 7 Rings:             View this post on Instagram                         A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) [...]

Why Nyle Di Marco Needs a Wheelchair

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Mail Nyle DiMarco, man of ultra-hotness, recently used Delta for his transportation needs (lucky them). Now, Nyle went and told Delta that he is Deaf. In response, Delta  met him as he disembarked from his airplane, and had a wheelchair ready for him to use! Plenty of us have been [...]

The Best Captioned Fitness Programs

This post is about the best captioned fitness programs, focusing on BeachBody. There are affiliate links in this post. Nothing is linked that I don't use myself. Wellness and fitness are very important to me. Not just because I like the feeling of being strong, but because it directly heals my complex post traumatic stress [...]

10 Dumb Things the Hearing Say to the Deaf

10 dumb things the hearing say to the deaf… plus the bonus braille menu!

“Deaf Not Disabled” and other Things from “Deaf Out Loud”

This post is about the new reality series, Deaf Out Loud. Watch out for spoilers and opinions! I have only recently "discovered" Switched at Birth and had no idea how much it would mean to me to see deaf people like me in a show (my post about Switched at Birth is linked here). I [...]

The Impact of Disability on Siblings : The Story of Dana and Meriah

A personal story about the impact of disability on siblings

Beyond Children of a Lesser God: 20+ Best Deaf Movies

Affiliate links are in this post! That means that if you buy something using a link in my post, I'll get a percentage of the profit from Amazon (thanks Jeff!), but you pay no more. It's a great way to support the work I do, so thanks! This post is a collection (list post) of [...]

Getting to Know “Switched at Birth”

I am a member of Netflix #DVDNation. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are of course, my own. #ad This post is about the TV series, Switched at Birth, which I have been watching through DVD Netflix. I am writing this as Netflix is celebrating 20 years of being in our lives (visit the [...]

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Deaf Apps

This is a post about the best deaf apps. That is, the most useful, popular and widely-used apps by d/Deaf people. This post is US-focused, and covers only iPhone apps. Best Communication Apps Glide:  for texting and talking. P3 Mobile: for texting, talking and relay services. Includes ASL and clear-speech relays. Google Voice: for transcribing [...]

The Deaf Response to Charlottesville

The racists marching in Charlottesville and Trump's support of them has shaken America. This type of blatant racism, and top-down support has never been seen before in our lifetimes. There are compelling and educational pieces being produced by major news outlets on all of the Charlottesville unfoldings. They are helpful for understanding, but for me, [...]

My Medicaid + Healthcare Story

I didn't want to tell this story. I hate talking about this stuff - not least because it's triggering - and not less because it feels humiliating. So why am I telling it? I'm telling it because I think that sometimes, the stories that I am most uncomfortable sharing end up being the ones that [...]

When ASL Products are Made & Sold By Non-Deaf, Does it Hurt the Deaf Community?

I didn't know what else to title this post, but I did want to have it out there and talk about it with you, if possible. Watch this: This stumps me a little. I mean, on one hand, I'm really thrilled when I see products like the ASL "kind" shirt being sold at huge retailers [...]

4 Reasons to Add Captions to Your Videos & How to Do It on YouTube!

It’s not just for us deaf (but we are important enough for that to be the only reason, right?!)

Gorgeous ASL Audio-Free Music Video of River Lea

Lovely music video

The Real Reason There Were No ASL Interpreters at the Trump Inauguration

Want to know why there were no ASL interpreters at the Trump inauguration?!!

Bad Lipreading

Bad Lipreading: a hilarious spoof of lipreading Yoda in Star Wars

…About Those Sign to Speech Gloves…

I had a lot of people send me the link to the news release about two young inventors who have supposedly discovered a way to translate ASL into spoken English. The HuffPo article about it is linked here. Confession: I rolled my eyes when I saw it.  I just couldn’t believe that something like that could …

“Can You Read My Lips?”: Stuck between deaf and Deaf

living deaf, in between hearing and Deaf worlds.

The Question of d/Deaf Identity

Katherine and I are presenting at SDS this year on Deaf Identity. We really wanted to talk about it because we have so many questions ourselves, about what is means to be deaf – or Deaf. She wears cochlear implants, I wear hearing aids. She is fluent with ASL, I am not. Neither of us …

…About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad…

This is about the Samsung deaf ad, "Hearing Hands." It is an opinion piece by a deaf person. Samsung deaf ad is an advertisement for Samsung that is about signed language, communication. Here it is: The product itself looks cool and I want to know more about it. But I was left feeling so sad. [...]

“Far From the Tree”: The Deaf Chapter

Andrew Solomon wrote a book called “Far From the Tree” that was all the rage a couple of years ago. In it, he explores identity through analyzing multiple disabilities, along with homosexuality, children of rape, prodigies and transgendered people. It has taken me literally all this time to work my way through the deaf chapter. Whenever …

2015: The Year of the Deaf Child

2015: The Year of the Deaf Child, guest post by Julie Rems Smario ******************** It hit me hard again… The Deaf child rarely tells the stories. If you search for stories about raising Deaf children, you will find stories of hearing mothers and fathers and grandparents of Deaf children. Their stories are focused on impairments, …

The Challenges of Being a Deaf Mother

I was interviewed recently for a hearing magazine and one of the questions that they asked me was, “what would you say the greatest challenge of being a deaf mother is?”. The first thing that came to mind was last week. I was sitting on the bench outside of Moxie’s class with Micah and Moxie’s …

Service Dog Q & A

I’ve been in service dog training for this past week and I have one week to go. I’m talking 9-5 training and it’s hard catching up to a dog that is smarter than I am. I’ve developed a little Q & A in anticipation of some of the questions you might have about service dogs …

Disability: My Connection

My deaf/disability connection.

A Hearing Dog for Mama!

I have news: I AM GETTING A HEARING DOG!!!! You guys remember this post?! Written two years ago, yeah, that post - !!!! I've been waiting for this for OVER TWO YEARS. I am terribly, whoah, BIG TIME excited!! Anticipating some of your questions, I've gone ahead with some answers: What is a hearing dog? [...]

The "Broken" Disabled

You know what really rubs me wrong? Articles written about the “broken” disabled. You knows what makes the rub worse? When it’s written by a parent of a child with a disability and they are supposedly trying to make things better in the world for their child.   If you have a child with a disability that …

The “Broken” Disabled

 You know what really rubs me wrong? Articles written about the “broken” disabled. You knows what makes the rub worse? When it’s written by a parent of a child with a disability and they are supposedly trying to make things better in the world for their child. You know what’s even worse? – When they are Christian. …

Deaf Truthtelling

My friend Meredith is teaching a class over on Clickin’ Moms – check it out – it’s more than interesting; it’s fascinating. I don’t want to talk much about it since that would be giving it away and I think you should just sign up since it’s worth it – but the major thing she …

8 Sites for Learning ASL Online

I am deaf and I don’t sign beyond a basic level. My interest in learning sign language was a long time coming. For years, trying to “pass”, I totally resisted it – in fact, I feel bad thinking back to all of the times people, once they learned that I’m deaf, started signing, they were sooooooooooo …

Morning Video Love & Spine Chills from Super Cool Dancers with Disabilities

Chills down my spine, this guy is so good: WOW, right? His name is Dergin Tokmak “Stix” – Axis and a host of other organizations had this video floating around this morning… Then, a comment from a Full Radius dancer in response to my post on Saturday about Axis founder/dancer, Bonnie Lewkowicz , led me …

Morning Video Love & Spine Chills from Super Cool Dancers with Disabilities

Chills down my spine, this guy is so good: WOW, right? His name is Dergin Tokmak “Stix” – Axis and a host of other organizations had this video floating around this morning… Then, a comment from a Full Radius dancer in response to my post on Saturday about Axis founder/dancer, Bonnie Lewkowicz , led me …

Moxie Hears

Moxie got her ears cleaned and checked this week. That is, the ENT (- which means the Ear, Nose and Throat) guy strapped her down to this thing called a “Papoose” so she looked like this: Only – dare I say? – more adorable. She was comfortable but confused. The ENT was fabulous, really deserves …

Big, Juicy Post on the Evolution of the HEARING AID!

In This Post You Will Find:100 years ago, we had this:Or was it this?:Then we got this:… which was right before we moved over to BEIGE:BEIGE has been one huge wet blanket on hearing hotness.YOU ARE DEAF! Hide it! Get a “neutral” hearing aid, no one will even notice  it!Oooh, sexy.Sleek. An earring. A hearing aid. A …

Deaf Mama Ode to Netflix (a Haiku of Sorts)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX. But writing a love sonnet to Netflix was actually on my “Thing I Want to Write About List” though. You want to know why? Here, I’ll go ahead and tell you. I wanted to write about them because they’ve gone from being kind …

Social Media and Being Deaf

There was a great story on this lady who is, like me, a fierce deaf lipreader and she wrote about what a great equalizer Facebook has been for her. That it allows her to participate in ways she’d never be able to, in real life. (the story is here) I couldn’t agree more with everything …

When It Sucks to be Deaf

[names have been changed, but that’s it. this is a copy/paste of an email exchange] Hi “Jane”, “Mary” of the IDSC said that you are all ready for me, re: captioning for the town hall on Tuesday. Great! So what do I need to do? Thanks, Meriah   Hi Meriah: Any chance you could call …

Choosing Moxie

I. The beginning of my pregnancy with Moxie feels jumbled, as I recollect it now, some 3 years later. It’s a blur of happenings, events moving swiftly upon each other like quick waves that peak in a tsunami. The blur may be due to the events themselves or may be to the way my mind …

Deaf Mama

Mac is curled tight into the crook of my arm every night. It’s a tender scene, I’m sure – his small warm body snuggled into my own. I’m sure it’s also a scene that every granola-eating “family bed” proponent of a new age Berkeley hippie warms up to. It’s not why I do it though. …

Signing Time! Deaf Mama, Daughter with Down syndrome and a GIVEAWAY

There is a large sign-language training program in Tucson, Arizona. I know this because in the year that I lived in that town, people would practically pee in their pants when they saw my ginormous hearing aids. They’d start to sign furiously. They refused to talk to me unless I was looking directly at them. …

Hilarious Deaf Memes

Last week I made a couple deaf memes – …and Mikey liked this one (- he used to call my hearing aids my “chastity belt”) These ones I found around the internet – I think they are pretty great too: I am pretty sure my voicemail message does say that. Oh yeah, baby. Remember the Chinese people …

Evelyn Glennie: Hearing vs Listening

Evelyn Glennie, the lead percussionist in the London Olympics opening ceremony, is deaf – she lost most of her hearing when she was 12. I had stumbled across her years ago and of course, loved her in an instant. Evelyn Glennie is, in a nutshell,  a thinking bad-ass parcel of Scottish coolness who shimmers talent. …

The Influence of Disability Within My World

Although I’ve had a disability since I was 4 years old (that we know of anyway), I was mainstreamed at all times. In my family, “disability” was something reserved for people who used wheelchairs. The answer to any disability-related issue I may have had growing up was invariably: try a little harder God only gives …

Hear Me: Video of Deaf African Refugee + Week in Review

This is all kinds of “wow” Isn’t it? **** I was pretty close to this side of ecstasy this week since I’m very close to being done with the wordpress site.  Not completely done – I have around 2,000 posts to convert, after all – but close enough to make the move, most likely next …

Deaf/Dumb Cool Video; John Hockenberry; Photographers with Down syndrome, Rad Links and Week in Review

cross disability news on the blog “week in review”

Deaf/Disability/Special Needs Summer Blog Hop

Summer Disability/ Special Needs Blog Hop: a “hop” of many blogs with disability-related posts

2 Year Old Deaf Boy Hearing Mom For the First Time + Week in Review

Did you see this video yet? It’s of two-year old Cooper hearing his mother for the first time, after receiving cochlear implants. I think it’s awfully cute and yet I’m on the fence about the whole “rejoice because he’s not deaf anymore” sentiment. I don’t get the sense that many people realize that being deaf …

Week in Review

I find myself far more tired in the growing of this baby than I was in the growing of my others. I boil it down to having older bones and perhaps also to Miss Moxie being a rambunctious two-year old and Micah being so full o’ fire. My mind is stretched tight with his endless …

Disability: My (Deaf) Connection

My deaf/disability connection.

Deaf Music: A Tribute to Donna Summer

We had tall standing speakers when I was a kid. When my parents were out, I’d put on Donna Summer, Live and More at FULL volume and wrap my small body around a speaker, completely circling it. I’d literally feel the music in me. I could see the notes and rhythms in my head. They …

Review of Signing Time On Demand

Signing Time has a brand-spanking new feature: Signing Time on Demand. Yes, I am happy about this, and I’ll be even happier about it when we leave the US and are entirely dependent on this kind of internet-based feature.   They are promoting Signing Time On Demand by hosting an iPad giveaway with downloads – …

Deaf Mama Pride: Signing Like You Mean It

Micah came home from “skooWOL” the other day and was talking about his “nemesis”, a boy named something or other. Micah said, “he’s not like us.” I thought, hmmm. “Not like us? What do you mean?” “Oh, you know,” Micah said, “he doesn’t sign.” “He doesn’t sign?!” I gasped. “No,” said Micah, scrunching his lips …

Who is Going to Marry First?!: Little Deaf Girls’ Adorable Chat

My former co-worker Haydee sent me this super cute video and I just had to share it with you. It’s impossible not find it delightful… Happy Friday!  PS. Don’t forget to enter the Young Punks Giveaway if you haven’t already! (no kids? no problem! enter it for the favorite small people in your life – …

Hearing Tests and Hearing Dogs

Most of the time, I cannot recommend being deaf highly enough. It's such a godsend to be able to reach up and turn my doodads (hearing aids) off when the kid's screaming gets to be too much. When I think I might lose my cool because they are being overwhelmingly.... annoying. When I just need [...]

Sibings, Disability and My Brother, Dana

The first post in a series of posts about siblings of people with disabilities – and the relationships between siblings. This is about my brother Dana and I.

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