Someone like Adele

I’m occasionally known for expressing unpopular opinions on the internet.  Here’s another:  I don’t really like Adele.  I tried, I really did.  I like her songs and her style, and she seems like a pretty good person.  But I don’t like her voice, which given that she’s a singer, is probably the most important piece.  Yet, just about every song I hear on the radio that I don’t already know, sounds like her to me, so I suspect much of this is an aspect of my bionic hearing that my brain hasn’t figured out yet.
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Laurel, Yanny, and the Art of Listening.

The Laurel/Yanny thing that took over the internet was absolutely fascinating to me.  It happened to come at a time when I was already challenging myself with focusing on specific sounds, hearing dominance, and sound balance.  The number of people saying how weird it is kind of astounded me because it’s what people with hearing loss deal with every day – and then I remembered that “normal” hearing people don’t have any reason to know about or understand the mental aspect of hearing.
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An open letter to Huey Lewis from one who’s been there

Yesterday, one of my favorite 80s pop icons, Huey Lewis, announced that he had to cancel all his 2018 shows due to sudden hearing loss from Ménière‘s Disease.  His show in Indianapolis last summer was influential in pushing me forward as a singer in this new stage of my hearing. As a singer who has gone through this myself, I’d like to offer him the following:

This is NOT it. 
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Learning to breathe, as walls close in around you

I never knew true anxiety until the moment I lost my hearing. It came in waves, the first couple of times. 5-10 minutes of deafness and vertigo. Then the hearing loss kept lasting longer, until once it just never came back. Those first moments, the first few weeks after, my world had ended. I had no idea how to function or survive. Without a support network, I wouldn’t have.
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Silence everything, silence always wins

You know how you can be in a really bad mood and then you hear your favorite song on the radio and suddenly everything seems okay again? Or you start your day with someone talking to you in a rude or unhappy tone of voice and the rest of the day seems like everything is horrible? Sounds, and how we perceive them, can make or break your mood. I’ve learned throughout my hearing loss and subsequent new hearing that the reverse is also true – your mood can dramatically affect how you hear.
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