I was devastated and very depressed when I learned that I was completely and totally deaf. Yes, I wore hearing aids but I was only denying that I could not understand the spoken word. Fortunately, I could lip read very well and I did fool some of the people some of the time.
I had some definite goals at that time when I was 27. I wanted to go to college, start a new family, go into business for myself and become an inspirational speaker.
So, instead of quitting and giving up, I decided to do something about it. I enrolled in college and learned sign language so I could use sign language interpreters in class.
That was a huge step to become vulnerable enough to admit that I was deaf and would have to rely on others for my communication.
Since then I did graduate from college with 3 degrees including a Doctor of Chiropractic.
I did start a new family and I did start several businesses which I still am involved with one. I recently started a new business, sharing my story and educating the public about hearing loss and dementia, the connection. I don’t have dementia, a disease that is expected to triple in the next 30 years. Unless there are some rapid changes in the way we use low-cost preventative measures, many people will suffer needlessly along with their family and friends. I was lucky in that during the 25 years without sound I was able to keep safe by practicing sensible lifestyle habits that helped me to stay healthy overall. In the Lancet Commission article there is evidence that 12 modifiable risks could reduce by 40% the overall risk of acquiring dementia. Hearing loss has the highest risk of the 12 and can be easily modified with correct technology that is available to most people. The basis for this website is contained in article attached to this blog. And my personal story of how I overcame many challenges of being a person who became deaf. Please contact me for more information and how you can schedule an opportunity to hear my talk.