Learning to be deaf. Hi nice to meet you. My name is Marven. I am told I am going deaf. In Some ways I feel this is a good thing. Many may not feel that going deaf is a good thing and in some ways I agree. But for the most part it is opening a new chapter in my life that I may have never experienced. Last year April 2016 I lost most of my hearing over night. Idiopathic bilateral SSNHL with Tinnitus and vestibular dysfunction. In layman’s terms I went to bed hearing and woke up legally deaf with buzzing ringing ticking inRead More →

ASL LSQ Rally September 2018 This image was captured by Doug Brinkman. and was used for a local news clip. The rally was organized by the World Federation of the Deaf so my flag was not recognized by the rally officials but was well received by the rally participants. You can view the news clip at https://youtu.be/iVWcrsFPvBo The flag shown here was created by an artist from France Artaud Balard. You can find out more about Artaud Balard here https://limpingchicken.com/2015/07/03/arnaud-Balard-why-I-designed-a-sign-union-flag-for-deaf-people-everywhere/ As I am writing this 2018 is just about to end and I am reflecting on what this year has meant to me. I doRead More →

A take on my invisible illness. Sounds like a song from Eminem that I listen to once and a while. The song is called Loose Yourself. The line I am referring to is actually “Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity”. I believe the song is about his struggles with being accepted as a rap artist. And the intimidation and perseverance he need to get over to preform in front of people. As I am not a rapper, the song has a different meaning for me. For 47 years I belonged to a hearing community. When I went to work I was accepted becauseRead More →