Hearing Loss, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Tinnitus

Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing? What You Need to Know About Tinnitus

On March 18, 2021, the CEO of Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor, died by suicide. In a statement released by Texas Roadhouse, Taylor was said to have been suffering from side effects of COVID-19, including tinnitus which became unbearable. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is a condition that impacts an estimated 50 million… Continue reading Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing? What You Need to Know About Tinnitus

Personal

Celebrating World Hearing Day with the New Confessions of a Def Deaf Girl Website!

Happy World Hearing Day! I figured today would be the best time for me to finally get around to updating this website. For those of you who have been following me for a while, I apologize for the lack of updates. I am currently enrolled in the PhD in Communication program at Liberty University Online.… Continue reading Celebrating World Hearing Day with the New Confessions of a Def Deaf Girl Website!

Christianity, Church, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Religion

What Does Speaking in Tongues Have to Do With Sign Language?

What the Apostle Paul Says About Speaking in Tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 This week I read 1 Corinthians 14, and it made me think a lot about the history of American Sign Language. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul is talking to the church of Corinth about speaking in tongues. He acknowledges the ability to… Continue reading What Does Speaking in Tongues Have to Do With Sign Language?

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Research Studies

Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

  Video Credits: TEDx Talks Today I watched Heather Artinian’s Georgetown TEDxGeorgetown Talk, “Not the Hearing or Deaf World.” Heather Artinian was the star of the popular documentary Sound and Fury and its sequel, Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later. As the daughter of two Deaf parents, Heather grew up in Deaf culture and was taught… Continue reading Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery, Research Studies

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

I often times speak out against how frustrating it can be to have people see my cochlear implants and automatically assume that I sign. This is annoying but an easy mistake for people who are not familiar with the difference between lowercase d deaf and capital D Deaf to make. What is infuriating to me… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

asl, deaf culture, Personal

5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Being Deaf

The purpose for today's blog is to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about deaf people. These five questions came from the most searched terms related to the keyword "deaf" according to SEMrush. Please note that I am answering based on my own personal experience as a lowercase deaf individual who has profound… Continue reading 5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Being Deaf

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation

Two ASL Students and a deaf Girl Walk Into a Brewery…Here’s What Happened

Hey guys, so the name of this blog is Confessions of a Def Deaf Girl, right? Well, I have a confession for you all today: I never went to my high school prom. Overall, I have no regrets. I didn't want to go to my prom back in high school because junior year none of… Continue reading Two ASL Students and a deaf Girl Walk Into a Brewery…Here’s What Happened

deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation

What It’s Like to Work in a Busy City With Cochlear Implants

I’ve written in the past about how my cochlear implants have improved my career and what it was like to have a job interview with them, but I don’t think I ever really discussed what it’s like to work in a busy, noisy city with cochlear implants. I have been working for Penn Medicine for… Continue reading What It’s Like to Work in a Busy City With Cochlear Implants

Personal, Post-Activation, Religion

What It’s Like to Graduate With Cochlear Implants

Hey guys! Long time, no blog! I have been a little bit more active on my other blog, KimErskine.WordPress.com lately. Feel free to check that out if you get a chance. It has a lot of book reviews if you're into that kind of thing! There is one big thing that has happened since I… Continue reading What It’s Like to Graduate With Cochlear Implants

Personal, Post-Activation, Research Studies

1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now

Image Credits: Design Thinking Blog Hey guys! Wow, long time no updates! I apologize for being so quiet lately I have just been so intensely busy! Juggling work full time at Penn Medicine with teaching part time at Rowan University and taking two classes a semester towards earning my MA in Writing for the past… Continue reading 1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now