Category: The D Life

Stanford Article: Seeing at the Speed of Sound

I love “Seeing at the Speed of Sound,” a long article by Rachel Kolb that could’ve very well been written by me. I can relate to dealing with mumblers, people with accents, spy comments, darkness and encounters with the deaf community. Not only is it hard to lipread mumblers and people with accent, but others …

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Response to Viewpoint about Deaf Community

Hunger Games captions

I appreciate Kayla Davis sharing her experience as the child of parents who are deaf in January 4’s Viewpoints. However, readers need to hear (no pun intended) another person’s perspective. When my parents found out I was born profoundly deaf, they chose to raise me orally. As a result, I learned how to communicate by …

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Closed-Captioned Video Examples

Search Google for CC videos

Char James Tanny put together a great list of resources on captioned videos. I wanted to capture it here so I could embed videos, share a few notes and post screen shots from YouTube. They are examples showing how the following types of videos differ: no captions basic captions (built-in video) captions (turn on/off) transcripts …

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What Do Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Cochlear Implants Sound Like?

French clip

I had been looking for resources that show those with normal hearing what it’s like to hear with different levels of hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. I had two resources in an old blog post and found three more today, so I’m combining them in this post. As I come across more resources, …

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Two Different Experiences in Talking to Children

Image via Wikipedia I thought I had blogged this story, but only found bits and pieces. So here’s the whole story as my daughter remembers it. “I’d like to think that I was a unique individual from birth. I learned, at a very young age, that my family was different, but my parents instilled a …

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17 Misconceptions about People with Hearing Loss

17 Misconceptions about People with Hearing Loss shares great information answering many common questions I get from people. Some are afraid to ask the questions in fear of insulting someone. But I welcome them. Here I share my responses to the 17 misconceptions from my experience… Everyone with hearing losses uses sign language and reads …

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Netflix and Captions

I heard the news on Twitter from an unexpected source: @marleematlin. I happened to browse Twitter and caught her tweet. It’s great to have someone with her name speaking out about Netflix’s lack of captions on streamed movies. Like it or not, celebrities can make things happen a little faster than as ornery folk. Netflix …

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Defensive Situations

Amazing Race‘s Luke responded to a question that confirmed that some deaf people (me included) tend to be more defensive than the average person. Here’s the interview response I’m talking about: The deaf community has responded very positively. They were very happy with how I played the game and that I made the final three. …

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Minsinterpreting: Is It Just Me?

OK, sometimes I feel like I should learn how to create a neutral look on my face and talk as little as possible. Or else someone misinterprets a perfectly friendly or innocent comment or look for something negative. My famous look: Quiet. We all have quiet days. When I am quiet, I just don’t feel …

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I'm Deaf, I'm Not Ignoring You

I remember in the ’80s when pins were popular and full of Valley Girl talk. One popular pin was “I’m not deaf, I’m ignoring you.” I had one as it made for a good laugh. Paul (hubby) was talking to another parent at yesterday’s T-ball practice. She told him about her husband attending our kids’ …

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