Northern California State Coordinator, Retired Federal Employee, and woman of many interests.
1. What was the moment when you realized that you had a hearing loss? What did you do about it?
My hearing loss was discovered at the age of three years. I’m pre-lingual and was fitted with my first body worn hearing aid at the age of six years. After receiving my hearing aid, I went to the University of Maryland every week to learn how to speak the English language with proper pronunciation. This was provided by graduate students doing their Masters in speech pathology.
2. What current issue related to hearing loss would you like to see addressed more? Why?
Behavior issues! Since hearing loss is an invisible disability many hard of hearing (HoH) people do have the social skills and communication skills to give a positive image to the hearing world. Many HoH people from all walks of life are frustrated, not educated, lonely, and do not know how to reach for help.
3. What would you like to tell the younger generation?
You are our future leaders! Make the best of every opportunity that comes your way! Pursue your dreams in spite of the limitations of your hearing loss. Do not be aggressive but assertive in every facet of your life.
4. What technologies are the most useful to you? How?
With the latest technologies in the medical field, my cochlear implants have enhanced my life greatly! My speech has improved; I can talk on the phone and do public speaking at various functions as required. However, technology provides me with many challenges, being a new senior citizen! The computer provides me the highway of knowledge and I try to keep up with the latest changes. I love the cell phone as I can text and voice with both my hearing and HoH friends.
5. I am a member of HLAA because…
HLAA is my guardian angel! It saved my life back in 1987 when I hit rock bottom trying to cope with the hearing world. Giving back to this fine organization is my way of doing volunteer service, letting others know I was not alone, and taught me many skills to be successful in my personal life. Also I have a passion to help others improve their quality of life with a hearing loss.