I’ve spent the past three years writing about how music has changed for me – from being a hearing person, to a deaf person, to a cochlear implant user. The song that I keep coming back to as my example piece is “Take On Me” by A-ha. I’ve talked about how each time I listen to it I hear something new – a nuance that I missed before. Well, recently I got to have the ultimate listening experience as I caught A-ha live twice on a visit to the UK. It was both amazing and awful and I loved every second of it.Read more
18 years ago today I woke up and was deaf, completely and totally 100% deaf. Not a day goes by where I am not reminded of my loss, but somewhere along the way it became something I’m grateful for.Read more
About a year ago, I wrote about going up to Chicago for a Debbie Gibson concert and all of the social anxiety that surrounded me due to my hearing loss, how I almost didn’t get in the car because of it. Today I have a new story so far removed from that I find myself wondering if I’m even the same person I was even just a year ago. Since this is actually a blog about my hearing and not my rock star life, I’ll really try to keep it related to that… maybe.
Last night, deaf singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey came in 4th on America’s Got Talent. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Mandy went viral after her first performance. No less than 20 of my friends either shared it with me or tagged me in it saying how much she reminded them of me and how I persevered through my hearing loss. Everyone from Lady Gaga to Marlee Matlin tweeted how amazing she is, and she IS. Since she’s gone viral, I’ve had a lot of people commenting or asking me what I think, so here goes.
Been super busy these last couple of months with work, social activities, and shows. It’s exhausting but I’m grateful that I’m able to enjoy it all much more now. In the last month, I went to two completely opposite shows: Michael Feinstein with Cheyenne Jackson, and the Indigo Girls. Both I’d never heard live and didn’t really know much of their stuff, yet I was able to immensely enjoy myself anyway.