A Hearing Loss Podcast: Season 3, Episode 21: Notes and Transcript

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Episode 21 Show Notes

On episode 21 of All Ears at Child’s Voice: A Hearing Loss Podcast, Tatum and Wendy are joined by Valli Vida Gideons from the “My Batlle Call” and we talk about hearing loss in a military family.

"My Battle Call" is a website dedicated to supporting families of children with hearing loss by navigating through the fog of raising kids with cochlear implants and other things from the heart. She reaches over 800,000 people per month and has recently written a new ebook called "Navigating your child's hearing loss, a practical guide of resources and tools sprinkled with some of the magic moments that occur along the way." Valli also has a bachelor's in journalism, is a certified running coach and a strength training director, and a team manager for a club basketball team. She is a regular contributor on a number of websites dedicated to parenting in the military and other topics.

Tatum and Wendy talk to Valli about her life as a military wife and mom of two teen aged children with hearing loss. We discuss how she began writing about being a parent of children with hearing loss and why she does what she does. She shares her thoughts on how to talk to teachers and coaches about your child’s hearing loss as well as how to empower them to do it themselves. We also talk Valli and her family’s specific journey through life as a military family.

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