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Amplified: Building Intimacy With Hearing Loss

An illustration featuring two people sitting on a couch with a blanket and pillows. The person on the left has brown skin, short dark hair and is wearing a hearing aid. That person's fingers are in the hair of the person on the right, who is sitting with their knees up and laughing. They have long brown hair and light skin. There is a hearing aid matching the one worn by the other person tangled in their hair. The word "Amplified" is in the upper right corner.
Charnel Hunter

Anita and her partner John have started talking more openly about how his hearing loss informs their relationship and how they'll continue to navigate that as they age. She meets another interabled couple (Anna and Vika) who share the sometimes humorous, sometimes challenging moments that accompany sex and dating with hearing loss. Plus, former guest Yat Li returns to talk about deafness, disclosure and disabled identity.

Meet the guests:

  • Anna Pulley, author and columnist, talks about her journey with sex and intimacy as a deaf and hard of hearing person
  • Vika Mass, Anna's fiancee, shares how she has adjusted as part of an interabled couple
  • Yat Li, disability advocate, inclusive model and creator of “Let There Be Ears” on YouTube, talks about how he learned to self-disclose his deafness

Read the transcriptReview the podcast

Audrey Smith is a writer, educator, and temporary producer of "Embodied" based in Greensboro, NC. She holds a Master's degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Oregon State University (2021).
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.