Hearing Out Loud Online Course
Live an EMPOWERED life with hearing loss!
are beyond frustrated trying to get people to understand that hearing aids (and CIs) don’t fix hearing, and you are doing the best you can (and that’s never enough).
find yourself retreating more than ever, and the isolation is tearing you down.
feel like you don’t fit in anywhere…you’re not hearing enough to understand spoken conversations, and you’re not deaf enough to be a part of the signing Deaf community. You’re stuck in the middle with no one that understands.
are feeling lonely, but turn down invitations to social engagements because communicating is just too exhausting for you.
are struggling to find the courage to tell people about your hearing loss and feel anxiety every time you miss something they said.
But, what if I told you there is a better way? That you CAN confidently live a socially abundant life without compromise, regardless of your degree of hearing loss, simply by giving yourself the time and space you deserve to
consider the EMOTIONAL IMPACT of hearing loss and then GET YOUR ROADMAP to MOVE CONFIDENTLY FORWARD,
FIGHT your INTERNALIZED STIGMA,
CONFIDENTLY DISCLOSE your hearing loss CLEARLY and EFFECTIVELY in ANY SITUATION,
Set HEALTHY SOCIAL and EXPERIENTIAL BOUNDARIES that PROTECT your ENERGY, and
become an EMPOWERED self-advocate who knows what they need and no longer says, “pardon me?”
And you can do this
…without spending thousands of $$$ on the latest greatest hearing technology,
…without leaving the comfort of your home for in-person support groups,
…without reading book after book of tips that never seem to address the emotional struggle you’ve endured over the years.
As a matter of fact, I know that this strategy works because it wasn’t that long ago that I carried the weight of my hearing loss like an albatross, allowing it to prevent me from attending social gatherings, feeling embarrassed to speak up about misunderstanding, and being overcome with exhaustion after a day of heavy listening and lipreading.
Living with my hearing loss is still challenging, but I am now a confident and unapologetic self-advocate, and participate on my terms in all the things that bring me joy! My friends and family know what they need to do to be an effective communicator with me, and that the responsibility for our successful conversation does NOT lie solely on my hearing aids and my extra lipreading effort!
This is 100% possible for you too! But you don’t have to take 3 decades, like I did, to figure it all out for yourself!
- DISCOVER the immense value of GROWTH MINDSET and how to apply it to LIVING WITH HEARING LOSS.
- UNDERSTAND the MECHANICS of HEARING LOSS and how to DECODE YOUR AUDIOGRAM.
- Consider the EMOTIONAL IMPACT of negative experiences because of your hearing loss, and then GET YOUR ROADMAP to MOVE CONFIDENTLY FORWARD.
- FIGHT your INTERNALIZED STIGMA.
- CONFIDENTLY DISCLOSE your hearing loss CLEARLY and EFFECTIVELY in ANY SITUATION.
- Explore how STIGMA influences your feelings about hearing technology.
- LEARN the SECRETS to finding detailed information about personal hearing technology and use that information at your next audiology appointment.
- EFFECTIVELY provide detailed feedback about your personal hearing technology and ADVOCATE for IMPROVEMENTS in programming and options.
- Become WELL-INFORMED about ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY and ACCOMMODATIONS and know HOW TO ACCESS THEM.
- Understand that HEARING LOSS is ACTUALLY a COMMUNICATION LOSS that happens between 2 or more people, and that YOU ARE NOT the only person responsible for your understanding.
- EFFECTIVELY and RESPECTFULLY REFUTE ACCUSATIONS of “SELECTIVE HEARING” and only hearing when “you want to,”
- Set HEALTHY SOCIAL and EXPERIENTIAL BOUNDARIES that PROTECT your ENERGY.
Introducing the…Hearing Out Loud Online Course
Hi! My name is Katherine Rybak and I have been hard of hearing since birth. I am the founder of Hearing Out Loud and my mission is to move people forward in their lives as strong self-advocates who celebrate their identity, embrace technology, and confidently implement strategies to make meaningful connections within their community. I am also a Teacher for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing in a Wisconsin school district, earned a master's degree in education, and am a National Board Certified Teacher.
I’ve spent a lifetime learning how to live successfully with hearing loss, both in a personal way, and as a professional that teaches students everyday how to be their own best advocate. I created this course to share these strategies with you!
The Hearing Out Loud Online Course is a self-paced, 100% online program with a structure designed to take you from frustrated and isolated to…
CONFIDENT and EMPOWERED!
Upon enrollment, you’ll have immediate access to all course content including…
35+ Captioned Videos Designed for Learning and Reflection (VALUE: $234)
186 Page Guided Journal FILLED with Creative Course Activities and Reflections (VALUE: $97)
The Hearing Out Loud Online Course Private Community
Incredibly Useful and Up-To-Date Links and Resources
By the end of this self-paced course, you will have…
- the ability to apply growth mindset and positive assumptions to the most emotionally stressful situations that will improve your outlook for your future,
- a solid background knowledge of hearing loss science that fortifies your confidence in choosing the best technology and accommodations for any situation,
- honored your feelings of frustration, anger, and hurt caused by your hearing loss, and discovered how to move forward with confidence and strength,
- created action plans for important events and diverse listening environments that allow you to participate on your own terms,
- developed communication skills that allow you to unapologetically self-disclose and self-advocate with confidence.
Who can benefit from the Hearing Out Loud Online Course?
Anyone of any age who has any degree of hearing loss.
People who have felt left out of the conversation because of their hearing loss.
People who feel lonely and isolated because of their hearing loss.
People who want to become more confident self-advocates.
People who are not yet fully accepting they have a hearing loss.
People who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss or sudden deafness.
People who are not quite sure where they fit in because they aren’t “hearing” and they’re not “Deaf.”
People who are looking for something more than communication tips and hearing aids.
This course may not be for you if…
you feel welcomed and active in the Deaf community, use signed language as a primary mode of communication in most settings, and have found a peaceful sense of belonging and abundant support there.
When does the course start and end?
How long do I have access to the course?
How do I access the course?
What if I’m not good at tech stuff? Do I need to be tech-savvy to take the course?
I rely on captions. Are all the video lessons captioned?
Are the lessons in American Sign Language?
Can I get the Guided Journal already printed, or do I have to print the journal pages myself?
I’m not very artistic–do I have to draw or anything in the journal activities?
I work a full-time job. Will I have time to finish this course?
Can I contact you if I have questions?
"I was born with a progressive severe to profound hearing loss, had two sisters with a similar loss and my best friend had a loss that was nearly a copy of mine. My parents were dynamic and did all they could to insure we grew up to become well adapted adults. Despite all these enormous advantages, I wish that I had been a beneficiary of Katherine Rybak’s course.
"Hearing and hearing loss are incredibly complex subjects, far more complex than the popular view that one either hears or does not hear. She teaches the basics about hearing loss, but more importantly she understands the intrapersonal and emotional struggles of hearing loss and presents diverse ways to manage those struggles. The emotional difficulties many of us with hearing loss experience are rooted in how we do or don’t successfully communicate and relate with others.
"Katherine’s work is ground-breaking in that she goes beyond the fundamentals about hearing loss to teach us how to interact with others and self-advocate in a way that is positive, promotes both respect and self-respect. Some of us learn how to do this even without this course, but it is usually inefficient, can be painful, and takes years of trial and error."
Jack Spear, PhD and President of the Madison, WI Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America
"Katherine is a knowledgeable and caring educator and advocate for people with all levels of hearing loss. She is always up to date on the latest technology available to enhance the lives of her students, and breaks down information so that it is not at all scary. I recently got hearing aids, and was partly influenced by Katherine's modeling of hearing aid acceptance and use over the years."
"At my last check up, I found out that hearing aids (even though I was reluctant to admit it ) would be beneficial. The audiologist gave me about three choices, and a little information on each. I went straight to Katherine! She help me to choose what would be the best fit for me, and she helped me understand the features of each choice. She was able to explain in detail how I could set them up; music, directional focus and other adjustments. I did not have to guess about any of these things. I knew Katherine would give me the best expert advice based on her experience, research and education. She took the extra time to answer all my questions and even a few I had not thought of."
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