Gabrielle McInnis

Hi, my name is Gabrielle McInnis. I was born 16 years ago, 11 weeks premature. My parents first noticed my hearing was a problem when I was three months old. We were grocery shopping and getting a giant unicorn balloon. The employee over filled the balloon and it exploded. I didn’t flinch…

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Nicole Laabs

Hi there! I am the mom of three children between the ages of 5 and 11 (two of whom also have hearing loss). I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a child. I learned to read lips and depend on reading body language and other social cues in order to understand the world around me. I believe these coping mechanisms allowed me to develop into my current chosen profession as a social worker, since I learned that there are many ways to connect and understand people besides just listening to them speak…

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Janet Stitt

I’m the one with the veil. 1981.

My husband ended up wearing that veil by the end of that night and we have been together since. But it’s been thirty-seven years since that day and all our lives have taken unforeseen turns. My pal in the picture has since succumbed to the cancer that plagued her for years and I struggle with autoimmune troubles…

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Megan Freeman

Hi, my name is Megan Freeman. I have just graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Information Systems. A unique fact about me is that I am deaf. Navigating college was a challenge but I didn’t let that stop me…

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Joseph Sala

It’s been a long time and a long way since being a daily runner and a passionate fan of classical music, even owning my own stereo components store. Hello everyone. My name is Joseph Sala. It has been for me a fortunate life having a number of varied and, I believe, successful careers. Toward the end of my career, I had an accelerated hearing loss that began to interfere with my life…

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Tia Maxson & Millie

My name is Tia Maxson. I cannot begin to tell you how much Millie, my Service Dog for hearing, has made a positive impact on my life. Millie has enriched my life in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am single sidedly deaf in one ear and have 20% hearing loss in the other. There were many things I struggled with before having Millie at my side. For example, I often wouldn’t wake from my alarm in the morning, causing me to be late to work day after day…

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Sumer Gill

My name is Sumer Gill. Fun fact about me-I am partially deaf. I have been diagnosed with genetic and progressive vestibulocochlear nerve deafening which means I have problems hearing. This is most likely due to a condition that I have, Turners Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that I was born with and that comes with several health problems including; Osteoporosis (brittle bones), a heart murmur (one of my valves is incomplete), hypothyroidism, and of course my hearing issues. My condition has not slowed me down as I am about to finish college with a bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University with plans to continue to graduate school and get my masters soon. In the future, I hope to pursue my career, marry my fiancé, and start a family…

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Matt Fuson

My name is Matt, and I have lived with profound hearing loss my whole life. I did not receive hearing aids until I was seven years old. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I am still far from being 100%…

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Michael Argenyi

Hey readers, I’m Michael Argenyi. I’m now in my 30s and I’m deaf. When I was a mere 8 months old, my parents got the diagnosis and all my life, I was raised to be as independent as possible…

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