About Me

My hearing loss was diagnosed when I was nineteen, and has progressively deteriorated to the point of profound deafness.  I wear currently two powerful digital hearing aids and lip read (speech read) a good share of the time.   For more information about lip reading, see my lip reading page.  The main focus of this blog is hearing loss, but since I am more than just a pair of ears it’s also about my life.

I am scheduled to get a cochlear implant on December ninth, 2011.  My activation date is set for December fifteenth.

  1. #1 by SolShine7 on October 2, 2008 - 11:14 am

    Cool blog!

  2. #2 by l1zblog on November 4, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    Hi. Just looked at your blog after leaving a post on mine, and discovered I’d looked at yours just by chance last night, after coming across it through browsing. I’ve put a link to your blog off mine. Nice blog, will come back and read more.

  3. #3 by Danielle on March 2, 2009 - 6:08 am





  4. #4 by Sam on April 30, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Hi – came across your blog after a bit of blog hopping and was surprised to find yet another library person who is deaf – there are a few of us about it seems!!

  5. #5 by Nikki on May 29, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    Hi– I was blog-hopping (more like blog-stalking, maybe?) when one link led to another, and I ended up here. I’m going to bookmark you so I can come back and read more!!! Very nice blog you have here. Come on over and visit mine if you’re curious.

  6. #6 by e-Mom on November 18, 2009 - 6:02 am

    So nice to meet you… and nice to know you’re “not just a pair of ears!”

  7. #7 by steve on February 11, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    Hi Kim,

    Couldn’t find a “contact me” option on here so dropping this comment here…….

    Would you like to exchange blog links?


  8. #8 by kim on February 11, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    Hi Steve! :-) I’m ahead of you– have already had your blog bookmarked for a couple months. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. #9 by Glenice on March 22, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Hi Kim,

    I like your blog. I will definitely be putting you on my blog list. Thanks for the comments you left on mine and it is nice to meet you! ; )


  10. #10 by Jeanne Yomine on April 19, 2010 - 1:01 am

    I searched “Hillis Arnold” this morning and found your post of several years ago. It was a great post and you provided additional information about him that I did not know.

    Thought you would be interest in receiving a message from one of his former students at Monticello College. I took ceramics and sculpture classes with him for two semesters in 1964; and my greatest regret was that I did not sign up two semesters earlier. Monticello only offered 2 years of college. He was amazing. As students we all wanted to hear him. We all wanted to be sure he could understand us too as we had the opportunity to share individual moments when he would stop next to us and critique our work. He was patient, kind and had a great sense of humor. He was prone to touching student pieces when words could not describe how the hands should complete the task. To their incredible loss, some students were arrogant enough not to appreciate it. I treasure the one sculpture I kept because he made it come alive in less than 4 seconds. Over the time I was in his class, he helped my creativity to blossom forever. I am so grateful he believed in total communication and came to Monticello College.

    Best wishes to you. Jeanne

    Communication with my students has never been a serious problem. At our first meeting I tell the students that by the end of the first or second week I will be able to read their lips if they move their lips a bit slower, and that they will understand me as they get used to my way of speaking.”

  11. #11 by Jennifer Rosner on May 22, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    I really like your blog! I want to tell you that I recently wrote a book about deafness, entitled If A Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard. (Lots of information at http://www.ifatreefalls.com.) I’m trying to get the word out!!

    All my best,

  12. #12 by CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning) on October 29, 2010 - 11:22 pm

    Hi ho – in case you want to link to our Blog, or Join in the CCAC working community online (as a consumer, it’s free), here’s a warm invitation. Enjoyed learning about your blog too.
    The web is http://www.ccacaptioning.org and that links to our blog callled “ccac in action”. Let me know if you have any questions.
    L for the CCAC

  13. #13 by kim on October 29, 2010 - 11:53 pm

    Thank you CCAC,
    I checked out your site and I’m impressed with the information! Many times people have asked me what CART is. I’ll be sure to refer them to your site in the future!

  14. #14 by CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning) on November 15, 2010 - 3:04 am

    thanks Kim – is there an email address for you also here?
    we will try to link to your blog from ours, and also – tell people about the “lip reading” article because it supports the need for CART/captions and any other quality communication resources so many of us need.
    email to ccacaptioning@gmail.com

  15. #15 by marc on January 20, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Kim, hi.
    Can I ask, did you enter a competition to win an iPod touch, courtesy of a certain make-up artist? We’ve tried to contact the winner at the submitted email address, but have had no reply.
    If you did, please confirm the name of the make up artist and the email address you entered!


  16. #16 by ls on December 19, 2011 - 4:25 am

    Hello again from the CCAC – it’s been a year! we have a new Blog address (please subscribe and link to us at ccacblog.wordpress.com – and – we send thanks for these reports about the implant. Sounds like you are doing well.
    L for the CCAC
    p.s. a wimpy question here? was there pain right after the surgery, or for a few days? some tell us not, some say a lot….

  17. #17 by Shelley Glenney on April 10, 2013 - 7:06 am

    I’m looking for a lip reader to watch one minute of a video to tell me what is being said. I have tried and I just do not have the skill. :) Thank you so much! shelleyglenney@aol.com

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