DeafandHoH Community - A place for the deaf and hard of hearing to communicate
Design Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Site Map    
Join the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
About DeafandHoH Explore News and Articles Hearing Loss Products Schools and Audiologists Directory Listings Resources - Schools and Audiologists Directory Listings DeafandHoH Community Home Page Hearing Loss Blog Hearing Loss Forum

Member Profile

Bill Pennell

By Hannah Mann, staff writer

Bill Pennell, who became deaf-blind later in life, has faithfully attended DeafandHoH.com’s Open Chat Night since its inception. Quipping that he is “now twenty-one years old for the third time,” Pennell worked as a police officer in Maryland for ten years, operating as a patrol officer for two years and a DOT inspector for the remaining eight years. Soon after his retirement in late 2001, his hearing began to deteriorate due to Meniere’s Disease. In 2010, he woke up blind in his left eye; no cause could be found.

Pennell uses two hearing aids and watches TV with a hearing pad under his chair that creates a sound loop for his T-coils. For calls, he texts on his mobile. Because Pennell’s hearing loss is progressive, he and his wife began learning sign language five years ago so he would have communication options when his hearing aids no longer helped. He attends a deaf church service to brush up on his skills.

Since Pennell’s hearing loss started so late in life, it did not affect his career. Nevertheless, it opened social avenues: Pennell says, “I’ve met many good people that also have hearing loss.” When asked about what advice he had for deaf and hard of hearing people considering a career in law enforcement, Pennell suggested forensics. Unfortunately, he explains, officers have to be able to use a radio, thus rendering most police work highly impractical, if not impossible, for those with hearing loss.

Pennell has two sisters; his mother has hearing loss, though they do not know if it is due to age or genetics. He still lives in Maryland with his wife and spends his retirement days watching TV, smoking a nice cigar on his balcony, playing golf, and surfing the Internet—often at DeafandHoH.com’s Open Chat nights.



Open Chat Night for the deaf and hard of hearing community - Meet Wednesday Night at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST
Audiologists and Hearing Care Facilities
Schools for the Deaf and HoH
Speech Language Pathologists for the Deaf and HoH




Read more about our Scavenger Hunt at DeafandHoH.com! Advertise Here
Content Providers Wanted
  If you have any links or articles
  to share, please click here.
  DeafandHoH Social Network: Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Forum Copyright © 2016 DeafandHoH.com, LLC. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use  
Follow Community for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Facebook Follow Open Chat Night on Twitter Visit us on You Tube