Welcome to Hearing Loss Toolkit!
Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss… I’ll never forget that day. I was told that I’d lost 25% of my hearing and eventually would be deaf.
I didn't know where to turn for consumer-focused information and support on being hard of hearing, or living with "adult-onset hearing loss"--the term for hearing loss occurring later in life.
The vast majority--46 out of the 48 million people in the U.S. who live with hearing loss-- are in this category.
There are many people in my shoes--people who live with hearing loss and may not know what to do about it.
Today, I’ve learned a great deal about hearing loss—about research on deafness, about stigma and disability, about coping skills, about resources. I've also come to think that disability may teach life lessons. This is understanding that I’ve largely developed through trial and error as well as knowledge of research, writing and consumer engagement given me by a public health career--and experience as a consumer.
For me, empowering people experiencing hearing loss to live happily and healthfully is a passion, I hope complemented by professional expertise (for more, please click the orange links).
Hearing Toss Toolkit provides tools and services for hard of hearing people--as well as families, clinicians and technology providers, the public health community, policymakers, and business.
Good News! There is a universe of hearing loss info and support out there! Please be sure to check back here, read the blog, our Facebook page and Twitter. Don't forget Hearing Loss Toolkit's free Consumer Report eBook! Although I post summaries on the blog, there is lots more on Facebook and Twitter. I update these frequently, often sharing posts/articles from other individuals and organizations who have expertise in their area. Please share...there is so much need for this info.