Hearing Loss Advice I Wish I Had Known

If I could, I would go back to tell myself a few
 pieces of hearing loss advice.  In the aftermath of finding out about our child’s hearing loss, we were a world wind of emotion.  Here we were loving our growing family and holding our sweet newborn, and yet on the other hand, I felt lost in grief, finding myself in an abyss of fear and shame. The fear felt heavy and the shame felt debilitating. Continue reading “Hearing Loss Advice I Wish I Had Known”

Hearing Aid Basics: What Does a Hearing Aid Do?

My family gets asked often: What is that in their ears, and what does a hearing aid do?

We love when people ask us this question. It gives us the opportunity to share with others about hearing aids, hearing loss, and how they work. Specifically, we get the chance to educate, model, and advocate. We get that people are curious – adults included. Hearing aids are incredible pieces of technology, who wouldn’t want to know more?
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Boy With Hearing Loss Has No Limits

Our story with hearing loss began when our second child was born. Ayden was diagnosed with mild to moderate, permanent, hearing loss in both ears.  I had no idea what our lives would look like. Additionally, I did not know a single person who wore hearing aids. Our thoughts began to spiral to shame and fear: would he be able to enjoy music, connect with his siblings, or play on at the park without getting picked on?

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First Time Baby Hears With Hearing Aids

This was our child’s response to the first time hearing with hearing aids.

We found out Sayge, our third child, most likely had hearing loss when she was 2 days old. She did not pass the newborn hearing screening test. While doctors assured us that it was most likely fluid in her ears that was causing the failed screening, we knew that it was extremely likely. That is because Sayge’s older brother, Ayden, has hearing loss. His too was detected at birth. Both children had no other signs or reasons that might have caused the hearing loss.

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Miscarriage: A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small

Easter LiliesHere is the story of our first pregnancy

Three years into our marriage, we found out we were pregnant.  We weren’t planning or even trying, so we were surprised to say the least.  But, as soon as I saw that plus symbol on that pregnancy test something inside me change.  While, still so afraid, I suddenly wanted this child more than anything I could imagine.  I had a fierce love for something so teeny tiny.   We called our family, we picked up books to read, and we started dreaming of names.  I called the doctor to get an appointment right away.  I was so excited to see the baby!

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Gardening: Healing and Growing From My First Garden

squash2 In my life, anxiety is a weed that seems to grow rapid.  It can feel suffocating at times. When I garden, I begin to slowly pull those weeds of anxiety out one by one. It’s a time where I am allowed to breathe, to heal, and to let go. I allow my garden to be a place where I am the one who set the rules. I become a child, an explorer, and I enjoy every single second I am surrounded those veggies.

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