• My Dearest Keci Mama June 9, 2021 I have many cousins and relatives, but my Mom’s brother, Keci mama, always remains in my heart. Recently, he passed away. I keep my memories alive by remembering the good times I had with Keci mama whenever visiting India. We would always stay in his bungalow in Chennai. It was in a gated community, a big house with marble floors.... Read More
  • The Camp January 19, 2021 As a child of the 70s, having been born in ’72, growing up was a huge learning experience, not just for myself, but for my family, my friends, my school, my job(s), but especially for myself. Back then, I was unique because I had a disability that not many people knew about, much less understood. I was born with a... Read More
  • Living In Between January 2, 2021 When most people look at me, they probably don’t see my hearing aids. They probably don’t know that I struggle with comprehending a spoken conversation. They most definitely don’t know that I am juggling life between two worlds. Many of us in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community wear hearings aids or cochlear implants, however, this doesn’t mean we... Read More
  • What My First Job Taught Me September 2, 2020 I still remember my very first interview at Marcus Theaters, Westown Cinemas in Waukesha, WI. I was in high school then, and my mom took me to a movie theater that was only five minutes from our house. While she waited in the lobby area near the concession stand, I went into a small office for an interview with the... Read More
  • I Got Laid Off Twice—Here’s What I Learned August 3, 2020 At the end of last October, I was laid off at an e-commerce solutions company in Brookfield, WI. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time I was laid off without a warning (click here to read my post about that ordeal). By sharing my personal experiences, I’m showing the world how the corporate realm treats people with hearing loss. At the... Read More

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Why I'm Here

Senthil Srinivasan

I created this blog to express my inner thoughts, feelings, and stories about my hearing loss, with hopes of creating a great place that will benefit everyone.

For many years I had been wearing behind-the-ear hearing aids, and have kept my hair long to cover them. I didn’t want people to know about my mild hearing loss. I was very sensitive and uncomfortable about it. As of today, I wear digital hearing aids which make it hard for people to notice as much. So, I decided to change my hairstyle and it doesn’t bother me anymore whether people see them. Looking at my old pictures, I ask myself, “what was I thinking!”

I was not happy with the way I looked back in high school and college, and I have come to realize that the hearing aids were a major reason why I was and still am so isolated from the outside world, and the reason for not having many friends. I believe people didn’t see the real me and my true personality, and lacking confidence didn’t help. They always treated me and looked at me like I was an outsider or diseased in some way. There were also other reasons that played a big role, such as my shyness and not having an outgoing personality, but that too could have been due to the way I was treated. Rather than analyzing the past each and every day, I have decided to open up and share my life experiences and the path that led me to where I am today.

I hope you will visit often and participate by leaving comments, submitting stories or articles, and sending me feedback that could help you, me, and everyone else who has had similar experiences.