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In this issue of Hearing Life, we honor five veterans—Don Doherty, Mark Brogan, Carol Halla, David Schible, and Shilo Harris—and learn about their advocacy, adventures, and lives since they last graced the pages of our magazine. The Ida Institute shares a resource on making communication clear when wearing face masks. Audiologist Amy Bernstein explains how Bluetooth technology can help people with hearing loss in her article, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Tooth, Bluetooth. In My Disappearing Hearing, Jane Biehl shows how self-advocacy, perseverance, and a strong support system helped her navigate through her health crises, disappearing hearing, and the COVID-19 pandemic. A week-long college reunion forces Sarah Maas to address trauma and to realize that hearing is vitally linked to self-expression, identity, connection, belonging and acceptance. And finally, clinical psychologist Michael Harvey shares how a patient’s connection to this grandfather through the song, Young at Heart, brought him some relief and coping skills with his tinnitus. Want more? Become a member of HLAA. We want to show you that you’re not alone.
Honoring Our Veterans
Welcome to Our Veterans Issue
By Don Doherty
Veteran and HLAA Board Member Don Doherty shares how the HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter was formed and how members are building a strong advocacy network to help other veterans.
A Heart for Advocacy
By Mark Brogan
Mark Brogan and his wife Sunny, featured in our September/October 2009 issue, continue their advocacy for veterans with hearing loss, with four-year-old son, Connor, in tow.
Hearing Loss Knows No Borders
By Carol Halla
From advocacy to adventure, Carol Halla shares what she’s been up to since she was featured in our Seen & Heard series in our November/December 2013 issue.
Multi-Tasking to the Max: Graduate Student, Speaker, Advocate—and Daddy
By David Schible
Advocacy, education, and a miracle baby have kept David Schible busy since he appeared on the cover of our November/December 2017 issue.
A Step in the Right Direction
By Shilo A. Harris
From tragedy to triumph, Shilo Harris shares how with one step in the right direction, your next steps will follow. Shilo was featured in our July/August 2016 issue.
A Note From Our Executive Director
By Barbara Kelley
The World Got Smaller in 2020
Thoughts From Our Board Chair
By Richard Einhorn
Making Communication Clear When Your Face Mask Isn’t
By Ida Institute Staff
This resource comes at a time when face masks are becoming mandatory in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 virus, thus adding an additional layer of difficulty to communication challenges.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Tooth, Bluetooth
By Amy Bernstein
Audiologist Amy Bernstein explains how Bluetooth technology works and what it can do for you.
My Disappearing Hearing
By Jane Biehl
Self-advocacy, perseverance, and a strong support system have helped Jane Biehl navigate through her health crises, disappearing hearing, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Communicative Trauma and Hearing Loss: I Had Forgotten
By Sarah Maas
A week-long college reunion forces Sarah Maas to address trauma and to realize that hearing is vitally linked to self-expression, identity, connection, belonging and acceptance.
The Psychological Management of Tinnitus
By Michael A. Harvey
Jim’s connection to his grandfather through the song, Young at Heart, brought him some relief and coping skills with his tinnitus.