Paula Rosenthal, J.D. is the
founder of HearingExchange.com. She is married and has three
children. Paula has worn hearing aids since she was three years old
and has a progressive hearing loss. Despite her profound hearing
loss, Paula was a borderline candidate for a cochlear implant and
received a Nucleus® 24 Contour device in July 2002. Her implant was
activated on August 8, 2002. The cochlear implant has enriched
Paula’s life in ways she had only dreamed of. To learn how Paula is
doing with her cochlear implant, read her
online journal here.
Paula communicates orally and
attended mainstream education programs. She graduated from Emory
University with a B.A. in Political Science and received her law
degree from Pace University School of Law. At Pace, she received the
Barbara Klein Memorial Award for overcoming adversity to achieve
academic excellence with courage and dignity.
An entrepreneur, Paula has worked in the areas of research, writing,
public relations, sales and marketing in a variety of businesses.
Currently, she enjoys her public speaking career and has spoken to
many organizations and groups nationwide about her experiences as
both a person with hearing loss and as a parent of a child with a
Paula’s syndicated articles have
appeared in numerous print and online publications including
Alexander Graham Bell Association’s Voices, Deafness
Research Foundation’s website, About.com’s Deafness,
Pediatric and Parenting Special Needs sites. Her articles have been
reproduced and used as handouts at schools, hospitals and workshops.
In 2006, she and her daughter were
featured in the DVD, “Back to the Hearing World,” directed by
Academy Award® nominee Josh Aronson and produced by Cochlear
Americas. It has been translated into Spanish, French and
Portuguese. In addition, Paula has been interviewed for
Scienceline and Lexus Magazine as well as several other
As a mother of one daughter with hearing loss and two sons with
normal hearing, Paula has faced new challenges in her experience
with deafness. Born prior to universal hearing screening, Paula's
eldest child was not diagnosed with her hearing loss until she was
nearly two years old. Dissatisfied with the selection of local
educational programs, Paula and her children joined the many
families in the United States who relocate each year for higher
quality special education programs and services.
Her child was enrolled at the
Moog Center for
Deaf Education, an oral
program in St. Louis, Missouri. The innovative and intensive program
at the Moog Center is designed to reduce the significant speech,
language and academic delays many children with hearing loss have
and prepare them for a mainstream education. It has become an
award-winning, model school and curriculum for several oral
education schools around the U.S. as well as internationally.
Paula's daughter attended two
preschool years at the Moog Center and "graduated" after her
kindergarten year. During kindergarten, her daughter's language
skills rose to the level of her same age peers with normal hearing
and her academic skills in math and reading were at the first and
second grade levels respectively. In September 2002 she was enrolled
in first grade in her home school district in New York.
Like Paula's, her daughter's
hearing loss is progressive and in April 2002, just prior to
mainstreaming, her daughter received a Nucleus 24 Contour cochlear
implant. In December 2006 she became a bilateral cochlear implant
recipient and currently wears 2 Nucleus® Freedom processors.
Firmly believing in the necessity of early access to accurate
information on hearing loss, Paula founded HearingExchange in
September 2000. HearingExchange is a supportive community for people
with hearing loss, parents of deaf and hard of hearing children and
professionals who work with them. It provides an open forum for the
discussion of ideas and information on hearing loss and related
issues. The comprehensive site includes current news, articles,
resources, forums, chats, newsletters and much more. All
communication methods and choices should be respected within all
areas of HearingExchange.
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