During the month of September, Healthy Hearing will be featuring different bloggers in the hearing loss community. From individuals with cochlear implants to parents of children with hearing loss, we'll take a closer look at some of the top blogs and resources available to you! On Thursday, we highlighted bloggers 'Raising a child with hearing loss.' Additionally, each Friday we will have a featured author, an individual who has published a book about their experiences with hearing loss. Make sure to visit Healthy Hearing's Facebook and Twitter pages to enter to win a copy of each book!
Hearing loss is a widespread issue; something affecting people all over the world, of every age, gender, race and social status. With the World Health Organization estimating nearly five percent of the world's population - 360 million people - are suffering from disabling hearing loss, it's hard to imagine how this might affect one's lifestyle.
The following bloggers are each impacted by hearing loss, whether it's their own or a family member's. But rather than letting this condition stop them from living the life they want, they're continuing their daily lives, whether it be traveling, raising a family or owning their own business, while documenting their achievements and struggles with the rest of the world.
Gray's Deaf Blog is penned by Graham, a husband and father of two children. While Graham has suffered from hearing loss his entire life, he recently recorded his journey to getting cochlear implants both through his blog and through a shared video. In addition to his family roles, he also owns and operates his own business, a gym specializing in personal training and fitness on an individual and small group scale. Living out of England, it would be easy for Graham to get overwhelmed by just his daily tasks, let alone managing his deafness. In addition to blogging about his lifestyle and family, Graham frequently participates in product reviews.
Richard Turner's blog, My New Deaf Journey, provides a completely different insight into the world of hearing loss. Turner's blog details his realization and diagnosis of his sudden hearing loss. Despite being a hearing person for much of his life, Turner's blog takes readers into his world, where he had to learn to live a completely new lifestyle. He aims to shed light on the emotional impacts of hearing loss, while highlighting some of his favorite experiences volunteering for deaf and hearing loss charities. Turner hopes to show the public that even though his diagnosis was devastating at the time, he's learning to see the positivity in the new life he's created.
Hearing Wellbeing originally started as an online publication for the deaf community; however, over the last five years has evolved into a site working to ensure individuals with hearing loss receive the proper care and attention they deserve. Written for a hearing audience, Hearing Wellbeing wants to provide information to care givers and family members of individuals struggling with hearing loss. In addition to educational and informational pieces, Hearing Wellbeing operates as a community for people to ask questions to better understand how loved ones in their life suffering from hearing loss are feeling.
Kokonut Pundit's claim to fame is running one of the longest, most continuous blogsites for deaf and hard-of-hearing information. The blogger started writing in July of 2004 and has expanded from personal experience pieces to different news stories hitting the hearing loss community. In addition to serving as a source of information for deaf and hard-of-hearing readers, Kokonut Pundit frequently blogs about his active lifestyle, from hiking to strongman competitions and everything in between, including how his hearing loss fits into his everyday life.
Xpressive Hands is written by a 50-something woman who started her blog as a way to document and express her feelings about hearing loss, deafness and life experiences without hearing. The writer behind Xpressive Hands was born with hearing loss which later debilitated to deafness. Now, with her husband by her side, she writes about her experiences as a mother and wife who's lost most of her hearing. In addition to expressing her personal feelings, the blogger enjoys writing about issues facing the deaf community in a simple way that everyone can understand.