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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hear the World Sound Academy

Last summer, I wrote about Hear the World's Amazon adventure. This coming July 31-August 7, Hear the World will take young people to the Grand Canyon where they will work together with acoustic scientists to collect sound data for the National Park Service while discovering an entirely new way of looking at sound as a precious resource and hearing as a cherished sense.

"Following the success of the Hear the World Amazon Expedition, we wanted to dive deeper into providing students with the understanding that hearing and sound is not something we should take for granted,” said Valentin Chapero, CEO of Phonak and founder of Hear the World. “In partnership with Global Explorers, we are excited to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain the tools needed to be the next generation of sound ambassadors.

Hear the World Sound Academy applications are currently being accepted through February 26, 2011. Applicants must be between the ages of 15-20 on July 31, 2011, enrolled as a full-time student either the semester before or after travel and experience hearing loss or have an expressed interest in hearing awareness and education. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Participants will be accompanied by Bill Barkeley, a world-class mountain climber and one of the 15,000 people in the United States with Type 2 Usher’s Syndrome – the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world. Bill also served as a mentor and leader in the 2010 Hear the World Amazon Expedition. Bill’s 2007 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro shattered expectations and confirmed his role as an advocate and inspiration for the hearing loss community.

To learn more, nominate a student or apply, visit this link. Updated 2/14/10. [I apologize for any confusion caused by the previous incorrect link that was posted.]

Information provided by a Hear the World press release.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Is This Ad Funny to You?



This ad premiered during the SuperBowl Sunday evening. I didn't find it funny at the time nor do I now several days later. In a way that's strange because I am the first to laugh at my own hearing mistakes. I think what bothered me most was the stereotype that it's the elderly who can't hear. Hey Chevrolet, this is my reality now, and I'm nowhere near ready to move into a retirement home.

What's your take on this ad?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Simply Swamped with Snow

Picnic table in my backyard

Yardstick measuring one of our drifts in inches.

Scenic steps in the snow

The Blizzard of 2011 will be one to remember. I was sent home two hours early from work on Tuesday and the library was closed all day on Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday I was in a bit of a panic. All I wanted to do was get my family home safely.

Later that evening, watching the 9 o'clock news and hearing the stories of people trapped on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago was very upsetting for me. It triggered a bad memory. When I was twelve, my family was stuck overnight in a snowstorm on a highway in late November. We were returning home from a Thanksgiving visit to family out east and got caught in a blizzard that shut down the turnpike. Because of that experience, I take snow advisories very seriously!

When the newscaster reported the number of power outages in the area, I decided the best thing to do was call it a night and hope for the best. Our power must have flickered off at least once during the night because the alarm clock, stove, microwave, and coffee pot all needed to have their time displays reset in the morning.

On Wednesday, I just kicked back and relaxed. Everyone was home and we had power and heat. Outside our window, we saw one neighbor go by on skis and another one drive by in a SUV towing a boy on a sled behind him. My husband used our new snow blower to clear the driveway and sidewalk. I took photos of the snow and created a short movie. My husband later ventured out to the video store which was open naturally, and rented the Twilight trilogy for our entertainment.

By Thursday, I was a bit restless and used the time off from work to clean the house. My husband went back to work. My son wanted to be outdoors but we were experiencing very cold temperatures and I wouldn't allow it. He coped by finding adventure online in a video game.

Today was back to normal with school for my son and work for me. But on the way home tonight, I passed people who were still shoveling out. We are simply swamped with snow right now. How is it where you are?


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzard 2011

Here's a look at our experience of the blizzard. We were fortunate to have the power stay on through the night. It flickered once. There is no audio on the video.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Window Wednesday: Falling Snow

Update: When I made this video, I originally planned to post this on Wednesday, Feb. 2. I had no idea a blizzard would be predicted for that date in my area. Right now, it is just beginning to snow hard, so I am going to release this video ahead of time. I may follow up tomorrow with blizzard photos depending on the severity of the storm. Please stay safe and warm if you're in the area affected by the storm.


I have something new for you - a Window Wednesday video. I made it using Windows Movie Maker. I wanted to record the feelings I experience while watching the snow fall. When you don't have to drive in it, snowy weather can be quite relaxing. I'm looking forward to watching this again in July when I'm finding the summer heat unbearable.

I hope you like this short movie. Let me know if you'd like to see more in this line. For now, I'm simply experimenting.