About Barb

Hi there! Welcome to my blog! I am a 50+ year old woman with a moderate to severe hearing loss who loves being with people but often struggles a lot to have conversation. In this case, “the more the merrier” does NOT apply. I wish I could just talk to one or two people at a time, and often I wish there were captions across their foreheads!

1965:  Diagnosis “Mild hearing loss” at 5 years of age

1990:  Bought my first hearing aid (for left ear)

2000:  Bought a hearing aid (for the right ear)

2005:  replaced my first hearing aid (for left ear) for a newer one


Educator (Pre-K – High School)


BA: Art & Elementary                      MED: Deaf Education


A “Happy go lucky encourager”

And, in case you didn’t notice, I love

wearing red and purple …because I do consider

myself a Red Hat Society Lady.

I do not yet belong to a local chapter but I have made a few

of my own, lovely I might add, red hats.

(And, yes I can get a little silly willy at times. Please don’t hold that against me. Who doesn’t need a good laugh now and then?)

Check out those fun ladies here:



Photography, beading, sewing, painting, reading, and playing with my favorite feline (seen above) and/or my current class of 4 year olds. And, of course, my newest hobby is …… blogging.


2 thoughts on “About Barb

  1. Hi, Barb! My daughter, Linda, who is also a Red Hat Lady, just got a captioned telephone. She doesn’t get many phone calls, but when she doesn’t know who the caller is, it definitely helps. I am going to tell her about your blog. She has a congenital 90 db hearing loss in both ears and wears 2 hearing aids. The ones she has now have dual amplification, so she has behind the ear as well as inside the ear amplification. She works and functions quite well. She graduated in 1985 from Gallaudet University, but she does not rely on signing to communicate. As she is in your age group, I think she will enjoy your blog.

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