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I am a Teacher with Hearing Loss


The Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan On

By Bonnie Stone

I am a teacher.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve taught all grades in the elementary school, as well as serving my large, urban district as a literacy coach. Currently, my classroom is full of fresh-faced first graders.

I am deaf.

Three years ago, I lost my hearing in what my otologist deemed to be idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL).  It was quite a blow. Having been a “normal” hearing person until that moment, experiencing a sudden and dramatic hearing loss was overwhelming. Indeed, my first thoughts were of my students. When my doctor delivered the bad news, I cried out that I had 28 students coming to my room the next day—the first day of school.

I’m not going to lie. It took every ounce of resolve I had to walk into my classroom that morning knowing that I was virtually deaf .

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