International blogs detail hearing loss | Featured bloggers
During the month of September, Healthy Hearing will be featuring different bloggers in the hearing loss community. From those across the ocean to parents of children with hearing loss, we'll take a closer look at some of the top blogs and resources available to you! In this article we check out some of the hearing loss bloggers across the globe!
Have you ever wondered how different life is for people with hearing loss around the world? What sorts of guidelines do other countries have in place regarding the hearing impaired? What kinds of challenges do the deaf and hard-of-hearing face? Thanks to the internet, Americans with hearing loss can get a little bit of an idea how their international counterparts live and work.
Hearing loss associations in English-speaking countries across the globe are easy to access, and many feature guest blogs spotlighting individuals living with hearing loss. Action on Hearing Loss, for instance, is a hearing health advocacy group based in London whose site features stories from social workers and volunteers, news from researchers, posts from charity workers and reports from workers in the hearing health industry.
“What we do is often simple,” advocate and volunteer Lorraine Briscoe writes. “For example, we can help ease the anxieties of people worried about losing their hearing and assist them with specialist equipment so that they can hear more clearly and lead a full and active life.”
Briscoe’s story involved an elderly lady named Maisie, whose hearing loss and improperly tuned hearing aids kept her shut in her house. Now Maisie’s hearing aids are working properly and she receives regular visits from the Action on Hearing Loss team.
On the personal side, Tina, who also lives in London, runs her own blog, I Look So I Can Hear, combining news stories with her own personal takes, as well as stories of her own living with profound deafness and bilateral cochlear implants. Her most recent posts include news articles on losing government funding for hearing aids, captioning on Google Glass, and a personal article on the two-year anniversary of her implantation.
“I don’t let being deaf stop me from doing what I want to do or realising what I want to achieve,” she writes, “in a nutshell, to pass on my knowledge and experience to make the hearing journey easier for others. Plus, you’re a long time dead, aren’t ya?”
Across the Atlantic in Australia, We’re All Ears is a hearing loss community site featuring personal stories from its members and readers. According to We’re All Ears, one in six Australians are affected by hearing loss, so having an accessible resource is essential. One contributor, Jennifer, shared her story about battling otosclerosis and living with one hearing aid because the second was too costly.
“Hearing loss is something that is really hard to live with,” she writes. “Nobody understands unless they’ve been there. It’s so very frustrating and affects your loved ones as well.”
Jennifer now has an improved hearing aid and a positive outlook on life, spending her time with her four grandchildren. But her story proves how impactful the hearing loss community across all borders.
In Japan, Deaf Japan provides news to English readers about the happenings in the Japanese deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The blog covers important topics like delayed emergency response and public advocacy for sign language legislation. The blog provides insight into the disconnects between the Japanese with hearing loss and the rest of the country.
Reading international hearing loss blogs, you will find that along with the differences, you’ll recognize quite a few similarities as well. Whatever the land, whatever the language, the condition of hearing loss unites people around the world. The stories and challenges from the hearing-impaired overseas can give you perspective on your circumstances living here in the United States. We’re all one community, no matter the distance.