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the inner ears of deep-sea fishes in Arthur Popper’s labora- searchers provide teachable moments in understanding the
tory at the University of Maryland, College Park. 'These early real-world etfects of hearing loss. The ability to succeed in
experiences cemented my interest in hearing research, driv- research requires resilience and perseverance. This is par-
ing me to pursue a PhD with Charles Liberman in the Har- ticularly true for individuals with disabilities who must over-
vard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and come additional barriers. When provided with the resources
Technology, Cambridge, MA. they need and treated with the respect and empathy that all
Although my graduate classmates were interested in Cued lt'ndS¥lEdualS deserv_:fl‘h€y::nm:l:: re _kablE mnmbuuons
Speech, most assumed they would not have time to learn. 0 ’eSpecl Y m can My Sclencm
Realizing that Cued Speech is easy to learn, one classmate More importantly, these researchers are changing percep-
taught himself to cue over a weekend. Being a competitive tions about how those with disabilities can integrate with
group, my other classmates learned how to cue as well, I truly mainstream society. However, this integration is not auto-
felt part of this group because I could seamlessly communi- matic. The maxim espoused by George Bernard Shaw (1903).
cate with them. "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unrea-
lv any of my peers in auditory science are interested in my sonab_le onefifrsfihm tifilngfo adapt Fhe world :3 hLmsg_H'
experience as a deaf person. Their questions about deafness remains Pf" en ' ea W 0 ’°°‘_’$‘“z° new“ emcfguljlg
. technological advancements and utilize creative strategies in
are savvier than those I encounter on the street. For example, d _ 1 _ dis mu 1 d t ‘ an I
the speech communication experts ask detailed questions Efapngg D mks Owfiul a W H sdlu a gfxea ‘F qll W0
about Cued Speech (e.g., how do you deal with coarticu1a- 6 an more success Careers reg“ ess 0 Pm 9551011’
tion?). The auditory neuroscientists who dabble in music try Last but not least, we would very much appreciate readers to
to write a custom music score optimized for my hearing. encourage colleagues, stall’. and trainees with hearing loss to
As a deaf scientist, communication with peers is a challenge. l(?u_1b;;" exF::ndmt§iS";uP ltmftiusclenfhsliorgl‘ hicreased
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down the hall If I cannot obtain an interpreter, I have to rely O Y 6 ante a vmces Y E e as a W 0 E’
on lipreading and/or pen and paper. Fortunately, the Inter-
net has significantly reduced these barriers. Most scientists re
have embraced “Ru and Sky?“ as key m°tl‘°d5 f°' ‘°”" Adler, H. 1.. Anbuhl. K 1... Ateherson. s, 11.. Barlow, N., Brennan, M. A.,
municating with each other. In my laboratory, We use Slack, Bdgag-Ad‘, I_ V, Burm 5_N_’pm1uz,z,_ ]_.T_,G,1,_}_ E” 5,,11,m,1:_ ]__g;1ud('
a real-time messaging and chatroom app for most commu- S. D..Gnldswnrthy,R_ L, Heng 1., H.ight,A. E, Huyck. I. 1., Iacobsun. B. D.,
nications. Likewise, the availability of cloud-based resources $"fi':“W‘:1I1'-'Al:“‘;::‘;‘:i-Il:';5-RK;nl:‘:l‘:;"";;_‘fi‘lf‘l“‘: LA-S]-»1;f“°-
for teaching has streamlined the programming in the neuro- VT 52'  :n:n' S" I R  S>fi;:n$' S:  Tgjm 
science course I teach. Although I still use interpreters dur- D., and Wong V. (20i7). Community network for deaf scientists. Science
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.. . ,. . _ Brownell, w. E. (2017). What Is electron-ioti‘l.ity? . in history ofits discov-
lm “u°w°d me ‘° mid Wmal °lfi‘°_h°"” w“h°“l 1"" ery and its relevance to acoustics. Acoustics Today 13(1), 20.2.7. Available
mg to track down an interpreter each time a student wants in hnpm,am“mCm,day_mg,bmwneu_e1eCmmmj1ky_
to meet with me. In addition to advances in technology, the National Iimituu on Deafiiess and Other Communication Disorders (Ni
advocacy of my senior D/HH colleagues has lowered barr'i- :13‘-’P°;l‘ll:.:l" 71"‘ '11’: ’:‘:"‘*‘;'l1“:d5g"‘”@"‘R"5"""'
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many benefits m auditory sciences‘ -1-he]-I training and v0_ Selected publications by Adler, Bllrun, Ratvmnuther, and Steyger
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cabulary enable more accurate, real-world descriptions of , ,
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auditory deficits, advancing knowledge in auditory sciences A418“ H_ I" Sanm,ich_ E" Efi“u_p0w¢]L E [L yam K_ and Dm,ung_ R_ ]_
and stimulating research into mechanisms and implications (zoos). wmu presencein the songbird inner ear. Hearing Research 240,
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