Who We Are
Char and Larry Sivertson have a long history of involvement with
hearing loss issues.
Char reports, "My progressive hearing loss began when I was a teenager.
I did not deal with it very well, mainly because there was virtually no
support available. I am happy to say times have changed. Several years
ago, my hearing dived again and I was forced to find help. We found the
Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) and the Hearing Loss
Association of America (HLAA), and the information and support I received
there were crucial in helping me deal with my declining hearing. I
received a cochlear implant in 2008, and that has made a
in many aspects of my life. Being able to communicate on the phone or in a
moving car is something I now take for granted."
Larry adds, "My experience with hearing loss has long been as a
supportive spouse. We have both been very active in our local ALDA and
HLAA chapters. And then a few years ago my hearing began to decline. I now
have severe high-frequency hearing loss, so I now have personal experience
with many of these issues.
"It's been very interesting as my hearing declines while Char's hearing
improves (because of her cochlear implant). (Did I mention how proud she
is that she can now hear crickets and I can't? ;-)"
"Because of the painful process that we encountered in finding information and support for
hard of hearing and late deafened people, we decided to provide a focal point where people can learn about their hearing loss and find some support. This website is the result of that decision."