So, I've been named a finalist in the Student category of the 2011 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national contest, which is in its 14th year, spotlights individuals who are deaf/hoh who have, "demonstrated through their accomplishments that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a difference in their families, communities and the world." So, I am completely honored to have been named 1 of 3 student finalists. Like bf4life-hearing, Oticon (according to its website), "aims to change outdated stereotypes "
Who is 1st, 2nd and 3rd has still yet to be determined. That is up to you --people of the world--to vote. People are encouraged to log onto oticonusa.com to cast their vote for me and other top finalists in each of four categories – Student, Adult, Advocacy and Practitioner. (Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top!)
A few weeks ago, I found out that I lost some hearing. *Cue the sad music!* Instead of my usual moderate-to-severe loss, I officially have a severe-to-profound hearing loss. Ugh!!! What that means, though, is that I had to make a demi-pan-American trip to get new 'aids. I crossed half of the country by train in just under two days to get to Minnesota where the Hearing Aid Genius (A.K.A Bill Austin) lives and works.
I took a 3:00 p.m. train from NYC's Penn Station to Chicago's Union Station. It arrived, after crossing through NY, PA, OH and IN, the next day around noon. Three hours later, we departed on another 7 hour train for St. Pauls, MN. To be honest, I have to admit that I never realized before this trip how many farms, cows and fields of wheat are in the Midwest. (Actually, make that in this country.) They definitely evoked images of Willa Carther's midwest: the land of the free and brave billowing with the wind. I arrived in Minnesota at midnight, exhausted and cranky. I was definitely happy to sleep in the hotel's normal bed, since the night before I had to sleep on the train's hard seats.
My new hearing aids
The next day, my mother and I went to visit Bill Austin's hearing aid studio, Starkey Labs. I wish I could say that I arrived to his company at the crack of dawn to get my brand-new hearing aids. Unfortunately, that would be a lie. Instead, at sometime around 9:30 am, my mother and I arrived in Eden Prarie, MN. (Note: that is where Starkey is located.) Immediately, I was ushered in to have an ear cleanliness check, which is basically a search for earwax. ‘Nuf said. I passed with flying marks, meaning that my ears were good to go.
Have you ever wondered who (celebrity-wise), besides Helen Keller and Marlee Matlin has a hearing loss? And if so, what do they think of their hearing losses? Well, wonder no more!
bf4life-hearing has devoted a portion of the cool page to the truth. When someone writes about there hearing loss, it will go here!
Do you know anyone who is perfect for this page?
So, have you seen the preview for the new, upcoming Spy Kids? Well, in case you haven't, click HERE before you read anymore! All right, all caught up!?!?!
When this movie advertisement played on my TV, interrupting my viewing of the enjoyable Adjustment Bureau, the first thing I thought was, "What is that BLUE thing in his EAR!!!" It didn't even registrar that they're making Spy Kids again... (Seriously, how many versions of this flix can you have? Apparently, 4.) I was so distracted by the seemingly misplaced bubble gum that it took me at least a whole minute to realize it's a hearing aid.
Apparently, one of the main characters [Cecil] in the new Spy Kids:
Can you believe that this is post #100 -- That's right, NUMBER ONE HUNDRED!!!!! bf4life-hearing has truly been my baby for the last year and a half, so thank you soooo much to all of the readers who have supported this website as it grew older. It has been incredible reporting 100 different things that are cool enough for t(w)eens, while relating to hearing loss. It has been my honor to have been your blogger, writing about the news, celebrities and all else.
Here are some faves (in no particular order) for a recap of bf4life-hearing's life:
1. An Interview with Katie LeClerc
2. A HOH T(w)een's Guide to Oxford, UK
3. KATE AND WILL: A ROYAL WEDDING
4. Possible Side Effect of Radioactive Disaster in Japan