Hi, I'm Elisa and I'm hearing-impaired.
I'm assuming you're here because you have hearing loss too, so you hopefully know that while it may be fine, it's still difficult to describe how it affects you. In addition to being "invisible" as a disability, how hearing loss is experienced is different for everyone, depending on when it happened, how quickly it happened, your education, as well as your income.
This makes it burdensome to have a conversation about how to maintain the personal and professional relationships that you currently have and will make in the future. And given that relationships are imperative to a great quality of life, a lot of us can feel anxious and depressed, unsure where to turn for help.
By demonstrating the effects of hearing loss in all its diversity, I think it will make it easier for those who may face emotional difficulty getting treatment. I think it will help to see how we are all different, how we come from all walks of life, have every kind of job, are successful and functioning and alive and kicking -- and that they are not alone. I would like to interview those with hearing loss today and reveal the ways in which we thrive in all walks of life, at every age.
Help me tell your story, today.