Hearing Our Way
Hearing Our Way is a magazine specifically created for children and teens with hearing loss. Published quarterly, it strives to provide a supportive answer to the question: “Ever feel like you’re the only kid with hearing loss?”
The magazine tries to helps young readers understand that they are not alone primarily through inspiring role-model stories—in most cases, of youngsters with similar hearing loss issues doing something positive, sometimes exceptional. In the Winter 2017 issue, the cover story focused on an outgoing California teen who has won awards for his technology sound-field training videos. The issue also includes his own experience-based “How-To Guide” for becoming your own disability advocate—another mission of Hearing Our Way.
Other content includes a profile of hearing-challenged 8 and 10 year-old sisters; a debut department called Eva’s Bookshelf which reviews the new Bill Nye the Science Guy book; a Winter Olympics gingerbread cookie recipe; a page of “Fun & Games” and a letter to the editor.
Too bad Hearing Our Way magazine’s only 10 pages and most of its profiles and features are way too brief. Parents should know that it publishes ads relevant to readers with hearing loss—among them are ads for a captioned telephone and for Cochlear Implants. While there are other publications out there for the hearing-loss community, most are for adults or parents, so this magazine helps to fill a vulnerable void for younger readers. Potential subscribers can read sample issues on the magazine’s website or via ISSUU.
Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.