Marcia Dugan is the author of Living with Hearing Loss released by Gallaudet University Press in 2003. The easy-to-read guide provides helpful advice on a wide range of subjects from living alone with a hearing loss to going to the hospital to legal advice. The information in the compilation of 41 short chapters reflects Dugan’s own experience with hearing loss and the knowledge she acquired while finding out what to do about it in order to remain in the mainstream.
Marcia Dugan is president of the Rochester chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and past president of the HLAA National Board of Trustees of HLAA. Dugan has a binaural hearing loss and uses an eclectic approach to enhance communication including, hearing aids, speech, assistive technology, and sign language.
A graduate of Antioch College in Ohio, she has worked as a research biochemist, a teacher of Spanish, and for 25 years in public relations area, most recently as director of public affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Hearing Aid Dispenser Advisory Committee, and currently serves as president of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Inc. Dugan is the 1998 winner of the Oticon “Focus on People Award” that recognizes “remarkable people making a difference in their families, communities, and the world...people who contribute, succeed, teach, create, improve, and inspire....and who happen to be hard of hearing.”
Marcia B. Dugan, 78, died February 7, 2010 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Dugan was a long-time community volunteer, writer, speaker, and advocate for issues related to hearing loss.