My name is (e. I write and manage this blog. This blog is mainly about my job as an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students, deaf and hard of hearing issues, and life with a hearing loss.
I have a bilateral sensorinueral hearing loss (possibly from birth). I am profoundly deaf in my left ear and mild-moderately deaf in my right ear (moderate severe-profound loss in the high tones, normal-slight loss in the lower tones). You can read How Do I Hear? for more information. I wear a behind-the-ear hearing aid in my right ear. I think my hearing aid resembles a flesh-colored plastic shrimp. I have been wearing hearing aids since I was a 2 years old.
Currently, I am an itinerant teacher for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. I am known as the "hearing aid teacher" and the "speech teacher" to some, both which don't accurately describe my job. I think it is funny to hear little kids sometimes call me the "hearing aid lady". You can read about my early experiences in teaching and how I became an itinerant teacher here and here.
I know American Sign Language, yet I am not a native or fluent signer. I started learning sign language several years ago. It is what led me to become more interested in hearing loss and Deaf culture. I rely on lip-reading and clear, understandable speech. I am always interested in deaf and hard of hearing issues, especially ones I can relate to.
"What's up with the (e ?" you are probably wondering. This is my logo created by Jose Gross. The e represents an ear and the ( represents a hearing aid. Isn't that cute? :) He is also responsible for the photograph of me signing e. And he created this doll. Yes, he is awesome.