(Photo credit: Casar Jacobson)
One of the major struggles that are associated with hearing loss is the sense of isolation that the individual with hearing loss feels. As hearing is one of the essential components of communication, people with hearing loss can feel cut off from family, friends, coworkers, and others when they have untreated hearing loss.
This month, Hearing Associates of Las Vegas wants to highlight a Hearing Loss Hero named Casar Jacobson. Because this hero has something to say about hearing loss and what our global community needs to do to combat it.
Casar Jacobson—Former Miss Canada Globe, Current Activist
Casar Jacobson was born hard of hearing. Completely deaf in her left ear, Casar relied on the hearing in her right ear, even though she was missing 70% of her hearing even in that ear.
But even that amount of hearing loss didn’t stop her from earning a master’s degree in genetics and from competing in multiple beauty pageants. Around 2012, Casar lost her remaining hearing and became completely deaf. Yet, even after that, Casar won the title of Miss British Columbia Globe, then Miss Canada Globe. Casar also was the first deaf person to graduate from Canada’s Health Care Assistant program—and she aspires to become a doctor one day.
Along with her personal pursuits, Casar is an activist for both the deaf community and gender equality. She works with the United Nations as a Youth Champion, focusing on gender equality, women empowerment with an additional emphasis on deaf culture and disabilities.
While she has expressed frustrations on feeling disconnected, Casar hasn’t let her hearing loss hold her back. Instead, she has found technological resources that can help her fill the gap between the hearing and those with hearing impairment.
Technology Is Essential For Improved Communication
Often, when people think of correcting hearing loss, they think of buying hearing aids. However, hearing aids are best for those who have sensorineural hearing loss, as this type of hearing loss can usually be addressed by using hearing aids as it is a problem with the inner ear. Those individuals with mixed hearing loss may use hearing aids successfully.
Casar was not able to use hearing aids successfully as she has conductive hearing loss. Instead, she has had cochlear implants placed to assist her in connecting with the world of sound around her.
One of the things Casar strongly advocates for is using technology to bridge the gaps between those with hearing disabilities and those who can hear, as well as the gender equality gap.
Let Us Help You Reconnect With The World Of Sound
In many cases, adults who have gradually lost their hearing are suffering from sensorineural hearing loss. To determine if you have sensorineural hearing loss and need hearing aids, you will need a professional hearing evaluation by experienced hearing health care professionals.
If you would like to have your hearing tested, please contact us to set up your appointment with one of our hearing health care professionals. We are looking forward to helping you find answers to your hearing needs!