LifeSound posted an interview they did with me for Hearing Awareness Month.
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Former Miss Deaf SA speaks out about the importance of hearing health care and has some wonderful advice to share with everyone this September:
LS: Why do you think Hearing Awareness Month is important?
Vicki: Most people aren’t aware that hearing loss is more common than they think. Almost every person knows of someone in the family (or a friend) who’s got hearing problems, and with all the advanced technology of today, people tend to put the music too loud (whether it’s at parties, church or their iPods).
With Hearing Awareness Month, one has the chance to show the public that there are people who have to live with this setback daily. But, like I always say, it doesn’t really need to hold you back. You can decide to be positive, in spite of your hearing loss.
LS: What measures do you think people need to take to look after their hearing?
Vicki: It’s important to go for a hearing test, as well as to ask for professional help. We have the advantage of having excellent hearing aids. Use it and wear it – your life will change dramatically.
LS: Do you think people generally take their hearing for granted? Why do you think this is?
Vicki: Yes. Of all our 5 senses, our hearing is the most important function we have. Without proper communication, you miss out on the most important moments in life. Communication is vital, especially in this fast-paced world we live in.
LS: What advice can you offer to both hearing and hearing impaired people during Hearing Awareness Month?
Vicki: Be bold – do not be shy. Always ask questions. Be curious about everything and everyone – the more you learn, the more you realize you still have a lot to learn. It doesn’t help feeling angry towards God or people about your disability. Believe me, it’s a waste of time. Find out what are your talents and gifts are, and focus on them. Embrace who you are. You’re disability does not need to define you…Be courageous!