October 8, 2017
Hearing is a primal mode of human communication. As Lance Strate, professor of media ecology at Fordham University says, "We evolved with speech. We didn’t evolve with writing.”
In fact, we can hear when we’re facing away from the sound source, when it’s too far away to see, when it’s pitch-dark, and even, to a degree, when we’re fast asleep. What happens when we lose the ability to relate to each other via sound? Do we just start texting and emailing instead? Let’s talk about hearing, and hearing loss, and the impacts it has on our lives, whether we are the person with hearing loss; a friend, spouse or relative; or a person we just met, trying to make a point.
Kathi Mestayer is a hearing-loss freelance writer and activist. She is hard-of-hearing, and hails from a hard-of-hearing family, so is familiar with some of the issues that come up and how tricky they can be. Kathi is on the Advisory Board of Virginia’s Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, a staff writer for the Hearing Health Foundation, and a technology trainer for the Hearing Loss Association of America’s and Gallaudet’s joint program.
She is a member of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists congregation.