We Hear You depicts the stigmas and challenges of living with hearing loss. Executive produced by three women with hearing loss, the documentary was conceived, filmed and directed across two continents, all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When you have hearing loss, conversation is like a game of Wheel of Fortune. Some of the letters are blank. Others are filled in. People with hearing loss take these incomplete sounds and put them into words or phrases that make sense in the context of the conversation. It doesn’t always work, leaving people isolated and alone. The pandemic made this worse, as masks took away their superpower — lipreading. People with hearing loss struggle to fit into the hearing world, yet there is a silver lining — meeting one another.
We Hear You features 4 women
as they strive to live well despite the challenges of hearing loss.
She grew up watching her father struggle with his own hearing loss. Stigmatized, he never asked anyone to repeat or speak louder. She vowed she would face her own hearing loss differently. And she has.
She was in her early 20’s when she was diagnosed with hearing loss. She lived in denial for 10 years, until one work meeting when she could not follow the discussion. Wearing hearing aids changed her life. Loss has formed her, not defined her.
She lives in the hearing world, but due to a profound hearing loss she does not hear enough to discern speech. She lipreads very well, except for the one time it mattered most.
She began losing her hearing when she moved to the United States from Venezuela to start her own film and TV distribution company. Hearing aids worked, then didn’t. Cochlear implants allowed her to re-engage with her business and her life.