• Jessica West

Adventures with hearing loss

In the age of technology and information at our fingertips at all times, researchers often still struggle to get relevant information out of journal articles and into the hands of those who need it the most. In the following blog posts, I will share the research I read about and conduct on hearing loss in a way that is accessible to people who do not read academic journals. While my career prospects hinge on my ability to publish rigorous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, I think it is incredibly important for research to reach the public. Through this process, I am hoping to chip away slowly at the stigma associated with hearing loss. #agirlcandream

A young girl wearing a hearing aid
Not actually me...but pretty close!

Some background on me: I have a mild to moderate, bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. Despite learning about my hearing loss at a young age and getting my hearing tested every year of my life, I did not begin wearing hearing aids until I was seventeen years old and a junior in high school. Not an ideal time to be different. I consider the day I first started wearing hearing aids to be the day that I actually lost my hearing.

People generally assume that I am comfortable with my hearing loss because I have been wearing hearing aids since 2007 and because the majority of my academic research centers on hearing loss. I am not. Yet. And while it has not always been easy to research a subject that raises so many emotions in myself, I continue to study hearing loss because I believe there are other people like me out there who want to know that we are not alone in our experiences.

#hearingloss #hearingaids #research

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