"But when I do triathlons, it is not about hearing; it is about going. Losing my hearing has given me a positive outlook on life because I learned you can take something so negative and allow positive things to come from it."
I was born with a profound hearing loss and have worn hearing aids for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a large "hearing family," I had to learn to speak and read lips, but I always felt like something was missing.
My husband's hearing aids set us back $4,000, which means we will be making budget sacrifices to pay for them, because Medicare doesn't cover them. To spend that much out of pocket was a big deal for us. But to be able to talk to the man I love, an even bigger one.
It's time for a fundamental reassessment of the way we talk about, and act towards the disabled. There is the assumption that by being physically different they are somehow by definition at a disadvantage.
I want to know where the candidates stand on issues of such vital importance as research to cure disease and disability -- and I am not reassured by the "just trust us" attitude of the Romney/Ryan ticket.
Nina Raine's new drama Tribes is unquestionably one of the best plays of the year. Even its flaws feel like the flaws of an ambitious young playwright bursting with talent and something to say. It's the sort of talent that makes you listen very carefully.
We who have made it our life's work to find a cure for hearing loss are all too familiar with the numbers that tell the story of how it affects so many daily. It's public support that is critical. The time to beat hearing loss is now.