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1st Place in Better Speech and Hearing Video Contest – That’s Just the Way We Hear

Submitted by Paula Rosenthal on April 11, 2009 – 3:59 pm49 Comments

_DSC1324.tifHere’s a captioned music video my daughter, Julie, did with her cousins for ASHA’s Better Speech and Hearing Month video contest. They won first place! Julie is deaf with two cochlear implants, just like me. As you can see, her early years at the Moog Center for Deaf Education learning to talk have paid off. My niece, Mel Paticoff, was the videographer and producer. She also wrote the lyrics for “That’s Just the Way We Hear,” which is sung to the tune of the Jonas Brothers’s song, “That’s Just the Way We Roll.”

Mel is in college, studying to become a teacher of the deaf and works with deaf children. She is also the leader of HearingExchange Teens at Facebook, a group for deaf and hard of hearing teens and young adults as well as their friends. Dani Paticoff is musically gifted, she sings and plays both piano and guitar. Dani and Mel helped Julie grow up loving music by making up songs, dances and shows since they were little girls.

The video was captioned using Overstream’s technology. I’d love to “hear” your comments. Please leave them in the Comments section below. Links to all the organizations mentioned here are below the video.

ASHA’s video contest

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  • Rachel says:

    That’s absolutely too adorable!

  • Thanks, Rachel! They had a lot of fun doing it.

  • jodi says:

    She is such a superstar! And…BEAUTIFUL!!!! Keep her on lockdown. Love you!

  • Eva Tasillo says:

    Very cool!!!
    great job
    I will show it to my kids
    Mia will love it….to see older kids
    “like her”
    wayyy cool!

  • Thanks, ladies! The kids had such a blast making it. Don’t try to lipread it though, it is off-sync! LOL

  • SM says:

    Where’s the captions?

  • Michelle says:

    I loved it! I can’t wait till my guy is old enough to do something like that. You have a beautiful daughter.

  • For captions, click on the arrow in the lower right corner and click on CC. The captions should appear.

  • Thank you, Michelle! Julie really loves to perform. She took an improv acting class until recently and aspires to be an actress!

  • Linda says:

    Paula…thanks for sharing this. What a delightful and talented young lady Julie is! The title, “The New Face of Deaf Children,” says it all. I just retired from teaching Deaf children so most of my years were in the days before CIs. I did have one CI student from time of implant at age 5 which was late but even then it was so exciting to see the relative ease with which she picked up spoken language compared to the kiddies who got so little from hearing aids in earlier times.

  • Rick Sinclair says:

    What an engaging and upbeat video! These two charming ladies would be an asset to know, hearing impairment or not. Julie, your mom posted the link to bhNews which is how your video reached all the way to Canada.

    I loved it! Thank you!

    Rick Sinclair
    Ottawa, Canada

  • Linda, thank you for your comments. Julie learned most of her spoken language BEFORE she was implanted. The Moog Center’s program is so well put together and fun that the kids don’t realize how intensive it is. Many key lessons are taught 2 to 1 with a teacher of the deaf on a daily basis but is mixed in with sessions of 5 to 1 and also 12 to 2 with a general ed teacher daily. Many schools now use their model around the country.

  • Rick, thanks for your kind comments! Julie, Dani and Mel (the creator, videographer and producer who is not shown on camera) are all great young women! Please feel free to pass the video on to others, I think it is an inspirational message for children and adults. :)

  • Dale Sindell says:

    Hola from Spain! Loved your great smiles and what you are doing! Very creative. You should be proud of yourselves. If I hadn’t been a huge fan of Hearing Exchange for years, I would never have thought you were deaf, you look and sound like normal hearing kids. My son and I both wear hearing aids. If you want to put your video on a link to my website in Spain,, write me a mail through the site, and a litte introduction, and I will do so.

    Best of luck to you. Congratulations for what you are doing on the website, truly inspiring and informative. Thanks for all you do.


  • Hi Dale,

    Great to “hear” from you, it’s been a long time! Only Julie has hearing loss in the video. The rest are her cousins and brothers who all have normal hearing.

    We’d love to have you link it on your site. I’ll email you there soon.

    Best regards always,


  • Debbie Spector says:

    Hi Julie,Paula, and the entire family,
    Thank you for sharing this moving and sensational video with me. You definitely impart a message, as well as showing how talented you all are! Julie, I certainly see where you passion lies. Very impressive. I will forward it along to some of my colleagues and speech and hearing students. See you, soon.

  • Marjie says:

    Great job people! I really liked the video. – Marjie, Florida

  • Donna Penman says:

    Loved it, took me a few seconds to figure out how to find the CC but it was well worth it. Thanks for sharing your family with us.

  • Hi Debbie, Marjie and Donna,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I’ve passed them on to the stars! :)

  • Deema Al-Khaili says:

    They’re just great and watching them make a lot of difference to parents of children with hearing loss.
    Thanks a lot Paula!

  • Tracey Rodrigue says:

    That was just a great message and “wow” super empowered kids with a great message! A big thumbs up from the pacific northwest. Tracey

  • Leah Lefler says:

    What a cool video! They did a really good job on that. Julie really speaks for the Moog curriculum (no pun intended). We pop up to the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center’s school on occasion for their parent/infant program. It sure makes me wish we lived closer to take advantage of their preschool!

  • Sharon Fox says:


    Sharon (foxxy)
    Bilateral CI user

  • Peggy says:

    My little girl (who wears hearing aids) loves it. Thank you.

  • I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed the video – Deema, Tracey, Sharon, Leah and Peggy! The kids are so excited about all the positive feedback they have received. :)

  • Lois Burn says:

    Loved the video, Julie. What a great message it gives to young adults. Be yourself!!!! You are definitely one of a kind. The video is also enlightening to those who are not knowledgable about cochlear implants. Great job, Jason and Daniel, too.

  • Thanks, Lois! I’ve got to get Julie to read all of these comments herself so she can enjoy them fully! Great seeing you today.

  • Eileen Forman says:

    Absolutely a beautiful job….very informative and inspiring ….nice job kids…..Eileen

  • Karen says:

    What a delight! and so impressive!

  • Kinderio says:

    Не могу согласится с подобными высказываниями и имею свою точку зрения по данному вопросу

  • chromeru says:

    Господа, а не пора ли нам обсудить эту тему вместе, если есть желающие, присоединяйтесь!?

  • jagoru says:

    Не могу сказать, что мне не понравилось. Достаточно интересно и втолне интересно, но тем не менее есть кое какие добавления

  • Malky Hirsch says:

    It was a delight watching this video. As a deaf parent myself (no CI) of a deaf preschool kid with bilateral implants it gives me great hope that my daughter grows up with great confidence, healthy self esteem and a shining personality just like yours ! You guys are an inspiration to us all !

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  • What a delight! and so impressive!

  • ur kids enjoyed the video – Deema, Tracey, Sharon, Leah and Peggy! The kids are so excited about all the positive feedback

  • Paula, even though this is now over two years old, I just now referred a mother of a newly diagnosed 14 week old girl here, so that she can see that with diligence & hard work those first six years, her little Gianna will turn out just as well as your Julie.

    I hope you decide to revisit your decision to abandon your website, as it has been very valuable to numerous people.

    Dan Schwartz,
    Editor, The Hearing Blog
    Add me on Facebook

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