Kimberly Parker has a BA in Theater Arts from Boise State University and graduated from the Peer Mentor Program at Gallaudet University. She was born with a genetic “bi-lateral/progressive” hearing loss that went undetected and untreated for half of her life. By the time she turned 40 she was deaf. In 2012 she underwent surgery for a Cochlear Implant. She says, “I am hearing better than ever with electronic hearing and my world…my life… is forever changed”. She can be found online at http://www.kimberlymparker.com.
Kimberly wrote Lost in Sound: A One Woman Play; to raise awareness about hearing loss a silent epidemic affecting over 48 million Americans. In her play, she depicts more than eight characters telling her hearing loss journey from different perspectives. Lost in Sound debuted at Seattle’s Town Hall in 2015. Her performance was professionally filmed and edited and her DVD is available for purchase on Amazon.
Lost in Sound: A One Woman Play is the story of my story through hearing loss. It is a mix of narrative and vignettes, interwoven with musical solos. Often times funny, other times sad, it is informative, thought provoking and inspirational. It is a story that was “begging” to be told …a story that you will be thinking about and talking about long after the show is over. A story that will raise awareness of the silent epidemic that is hearing loss.
Meet Kimberly Parker:
- Hearing Wellness Advocate
- Playwright and Teacher
- World Class Entrepreneur
- Dynamic and Inspiring Speaker
- Creator and performer Lost in Sound: A One Woman Play
- VP of Outreach for HLAA Washington (2015-2017)
- Graduate of Gallaudet University: Peer Mentor Certification Program (2013)
- Bachelor of Arts in Theater – Boise State University
- Creator of “Welcome to my World” Workshop (2019)
Interview Questions for Kimberly
- Tell me about your hearing loss journey?
- Why did you write and perform in the Lost in Sound play?
- What is a cochlear implant?
- Why is hearing loss a silent epidemic in America?
- Is America unaware of how big a problem hearing loss can be?
- When was your hearing loss discovered and when did you start treating it?
- What are the main goals you hope to accomplish by raising awareness in America?
- How is the play helping people, what is the response from it?
- How does hearing loss affect family members?
- What are some tips for communicating with someone with hearing loss?