Good Gifts for Deaf People

Good Gifts for Deaf People

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…

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]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…

The Best Speech to Text Apps for Live Captions & Recording
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The Best Speech to Text Apps for Live Captions & Recording

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]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…

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Dear Hearing World

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round”]This is a a video of a poem and performance about being Deaf in a hearing world.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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…

Hearing Fatigue is Real & This is What You Can Do About It
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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. What is Hearing Fatigue (or Listening Fatigue)? I’m going…

How to Use Apple Clips for Live Captions
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How to Use Apple Clips for Live Captions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]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.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is the thing: I can rarely understand…

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

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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

Why Nyle Di Marco Needs a Wheelchair

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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 pretty surprised as to why…

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

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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This post is about the new reality series, Deaf Out Loud. Watch out for spoilers and opinions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 was…

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Deaf Apps
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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…

…About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad…
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…About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”turquoise”]This is about the Samsung deaf ad, “Hearing Hands.” It is an opinion piece by a deaf person.[/vc_message][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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…

“Far From the Tree”: The Deaf Chapter
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“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
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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,…

Service Dog Q & A
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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…

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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…

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

100 years ago, we had this: Or was it this?: Whatever, they were huge honkers! Then we got this: … which was right before we moved over to BEIGE: BEIGE has been one huge wet blanket on hearing hotness. The very fact that they are trying to “blend” sort of highlights that you think you…

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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…

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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…

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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

Hearing Tests and Hearing Dogs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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…