Many Women have changed the world in a positive way; so, on this International Women’s Day in 2018 I wanted to talk about a few of them. In this post I am going to focus on women who have been influential in hearing health or suffered from hearing loss. The ability to hear in general is taken for granted by a majority of the population; however, 1 in 5 Americans has a hearing loss, and that jumps to 1 in 3 over the age of 65. Hearing loss affects more people then most of us (common citizens) realize, so I wanted to shed a little light on positive women in this industry. It is good to spread awareness to younger generations, because a lot of damage to hearing happens during those years. If we can educate, and inspire about issues leading to hearing loss, we can positively impact the hearing health of the world.
Juliette Gordon Low: The founder of The Girl Scouts of America
Juliette Gordon Low suffered from hearing loss, and eventually complete deafness in one ear after a grain of rice thrown at her wedding punctured her eardrum. Becoming deaf in one ear did not stop her from founding one of the most influential programs in young girls lives! Another of Juliette’s passions was the inclusion of girls with disabilities who had typically been excluded from society. Her experience with hearing loss inspired her to create opportunities for other young women like herself; thus, inspiring and creating more fulfilling lives for millions of young girls.
Whoopi Goldberg: Actress, Host of The View
Whoopie Goldberg has been successful on the stage and on the screen throughout the years. She also has not let her hearing loss get the best of her! Whoopi is a hearing aid wearer, it's just hard to picture them due to her stunning dreadlocks. She says that listening to loud music caused her to lose her hearing. She uses her “negative” situation and turns it into something positive for others! Whoopi became involved with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which helps provide free hearing aids to children around the world. She also is an advocate for misuse of devices that can damage your hearing.
Mandy Harvey: Deaf singer from America's Got Talent 2017
Mandy Harvey is a completely deaf singer songwriter who lost all her hearing at 19 years old. She suffers from a connective tissue disorder, and her nerves deteriorated causing her to lose her hearing. She uses the feeling she gets from the beat to stay on track when singing, and she also just has to trust muscle memory and her pitch when singing. What more can I say, you should probably just go watch her video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKSWXzAnVe0
She now gives speeches and performances across the country. Sharing her story for anyone who wants to listen! She also has written a book titled “Sensing the Rhythm, finding my voice in a world without sound” She is an incredible musician with an incredible life story, and I hope she keeps spreading her positive outlook on life!
These are just three examples of the many strong and powerful women, who turned their hearing loss into positive situations for others!