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The best place for my hearing aids is on my desk

Instead of expecting me to strive to be a hearing professor, why not expect that each of us makes the classroom less disabling...

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1 out of 4 people on a hiring committee think I can’t do my job

— Michele “On your faculty job application, don’t say that you have hearing loss ‘cause, you know… you function just fine.”  Enmeshed within...

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Harnessing social media to advocate for accommodations

While just the mention of ‘social media’ can elicit eye rolls from our senior colleagues, many of us deaf and hard of hearing...

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Writing reference letters for disabled mentees

When explaining why you want to mention their disability in your letter, share with your mentee specific character traits that you notice them...

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Passing the rattlesnake test

The combination of my slight deaf accent, excellent bluffing skills, and the privilege of being able to follow well-lit conversations with low background...

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How much listening is too much?

As academics, our jobs require us to listen to others all the time—in our classes, in faculty meetings, in seminars, and when meeting...

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I owe my career to the invention of email

Academics even a few years my senior had to rely on telephones for networking.


Under-represented: Where are all the deaf and hard-of-hearing academics?

-Michele Through working on The Mind Hears since Sept 2018, I’ve had the chance to meet some amazing deaf and hard-of-hearing scholars and researchers.Our...

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Captions and Craptions for Academics

We encourage all presenters to use real-time auto caption for every presentation. However, if a deaf/HoH person requests CART, real-time auto caption, even...


Using FM Systems at Conferences

-Michele You’re wearing your hearing aids, sitting at a conference presentation, feeling confident that you’re understanding what’s going on, when it happens. The...