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Don’t focus on what you can’t do, but what you CAN do is great advice from Dr. Michelle Hu on raising a deaf and/or hard of hearing child. Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast, talks with Dr. Michelle Hu, pediatric audiologist, mom, and hard of hearing herself about her life’s journey and creating  Mama Hu Hears website, and an online course, “My Child Has Hearing Loss, Now What?”  where parents can find guidance and resources to be prepared in supporting their deaf and/or hard of hearing child. With the majority of deaf children born to hearing parents, advocating for your child requires experience with school resources and medical professionals. Dr. Michelle Hu has taken her 39 years of experience and created an online course to save time and worry for parents. What are Michelle’s top three tips for families? Listen in to learn her great advice and inspirational words to those in the deaf and hard of hearing community. We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!

Michelle Hu has been a pediatric audiologist for over 12 years working specifically with the diagnosis, hearing amplification, cochlear implant evaluation, programming, and aural rehabilitation. Something unique about her is that she grew up hard of hearing herself. She was fit with hearing aids at 3 years and now utilizes bilateral cochlear implants. Her personal experience lends to her uncanny ability to relate to and be a role model for others with hearing loss and a source of strength and hope for parents of children with hearing loss. As a military spouse and mother of three, Michelle strives to balance family life, clinical practice, and entrepreneurship. During maternity leave with her second child, she found herself missing the relationships created in the clinic with patients and parents. Thus, Mama Hu Hears was created as a space where she shares personal and professional experiences with hearing loss and the field of audiology.

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Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms. Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep, personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help others within the special needs community.