Marisa Sarto, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), just made her Seen & Heard profile debut in the November/December 2012 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, which just arrived in member mailboxes. Marisa also wrote the cover feature article for this issue. I had the pleasure of spending a fun afternoon with her, photographing her around Providence, and discussing everything from hearing loss to creativity to photography. Other members previously profiled were Danielle Nicosia, John Kinstler, Judy Martin, Anne Taylor, Sam Spritzer, Jeff Bonnell, Eloise Schwarz, Glenice Swenson, Laurie Pullins, Rosemary Tuite and Kathy Borzell, and Tommy Thomas.
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North Hollywood, CA / Born May 17, 1989, Tarzana, CA
MY HEARING LOSS… My parents discovered that I had hearing loss when I was a few months old. I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was one.
SAGE ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED WITH HEARING LOSS… Learn to love yourself and learn everything you can about hearing loss. And talk and share your feelings with others.
WHEN I GREW UP, I WANTED TO BE… a grocery clerk at my local Ralph’s.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY… Extravagant family Halloween parties
PETS? I have two yin-yang cats—Jinx is one-year-old, white and deaf. Kiki is 21-years-old, black and almost blind in one eye. My family has a lovely blue-nose pit pull named Friday.
HARDEST THING I’VE EVER DONE… break someone’s heart
IN MY SPARE TIME… I apply for jobs.
HOBBIES? Expressing myself through photography, making jewelry, creating veggie and fruit juice with my juicer, harvesting fruits from around the neighborhood, thrift shopping with my partner, and watching movies.
WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST? Besides my parents—my baton and life coach, Gail Pearson
PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT… I can twirl fire.
MY LITTLE-KNOWN TALENT IS… I can punch really hard
I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR… Rite Aid’s Thrifty’s mint-flavored ice cream
I WOULD LOVE TO MEET… myself ten years ago.
THE LAST BOOK I READ WAS… Running Out of Summer by Peter Morgan (my uncle)
I AM… brave, friendly, and funny.
MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME… to speak my mind.
MY FATHER TAUGHT ME… to love myself first before loving someone else.
BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD… air conditioning (I live in the valley!)
I REALLY SHOULD STOP… putting my clothes on the floor.
I REALLY SHOULD START… learning about cars, so I don’t change the oil twice.
I HAVE THE UNCANNY ABILITY TO… guess people’s age, see things like an eagle, smell food, and notice when my food has been touched.
LEARNING SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY… I’m learning how to identify fruit trees and new photography tips.
MY MOTTO… is when presented with choices, try to make the good one; and if not, learn from the bad ones and try not to repeat them. Not learning is the biggest sin.
I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED… as an amazing woman who was a good friend and someone who made a difference.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT… earning a Posse Foundation Scholarship to attend The University of Wisconsin-Madison
I like reading member stories in Hearing Loss Magazine, and appreciate the opportunity to share mine!