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Why People with Hearing Loss Should Meet Other People with Hearing Loss

By Gael Hannan, 1/21/2013

Bergit MeyerNote from Gael:  Entering the world of hearing loss, I felt like Alice going through the looking glass;  I was immediately immersed in a new universe populated with a large and expanding cast of people – interesting people who shared my issues and understood my challenges.

Some have become close friends. Many have inspired me with their curiosity and passionate commitment to living more successfully with hearing loss. All of them have stories to tell.

With this profile of German hearing health advocate Birgit Meyer, I’m introducing an occasional series of stories about people who perhaps never set out to be advocates, but who now address their hearing loss in interesting ways.

Birgit Meyer contacted me last year, asking permission to translate one of my blogs, to make it available to German-speaking people with hearing loss. Not only did the editorial team agree, but used Die Wahrheit über Mona as the inaugural piece in a new blog series, Foreign Language Articles on This week’s  translation of Ear Rage! (An Aha! Moment) is the third German  translation in a series that now also includes Spanish and French essays.

I have never met Birgit personally and someday I hope to, but for now I’m delighted to share this interview with a remarkable woman.

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