Mike Gannon is our other Seen & Heard profile in the September/October 2016 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published bimonthly by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). I met and photographed him at HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C. this past June. Mike is an inspirational speaker, motivational trainer, success coach and CEO of Fit for Success in Northern Virginia. His book, If These Ears Could Sing! The Living Law of Attraction in Action, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.
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MIKE GANNON / Reston, Virginia / Born October 9 in Livonia, Michigan
MY HEARING LOSS… I was born profoundly deaf in both ears and wore very crude hearing aids (in the 1960s as a child). I never learned to sign, but learned to speak and read lips to communicate.
FUNNY HEARING LOSS MOMENT… At the first birthday party I attended at age five, I observed all the kids moving their lips at the same time and I knew you were not supposed to speak when others were talking. It seemed like they were all saying the same thing. In actuality, they were singing “Happy Birthday.”
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY… Being the only deaf child in the school I attended,
I performed in the school choir with no one in the audience guessing I lip synced.
THE BEST GIFT I EVER GOT… my cochlear implants at age 40
THE FIRST THING I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY WAS… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
first edition of Muscle and Fitness.
BEST ROAD TRIP EVER WAS… my trip to the Grand Canyon, where I heard the echo
of my own voice for the very first time
I LOSE ALL TRACK OF TIME WHEN I’M… coaching my clients.
MY LIFE IN CHAPTERS… A Prelude to Sound, If These Ears Could Sing, and Song Without
End (which happen to be actual chapters in my book, If These Ears Could Sing).
PETS? I have 19-year-old cat who believes I am her designated servant, which of course I am.
THE HARDEST THING I’VE EVER DONE WAS… to understand at age nine that my little brother who died from complications during heart surgery was never coming back.
I LOVE THE SOUNDS OF… nature—especially hearing geese flying over the lake at dusk.
FIVE PLACES I’VE LIVED… Michigan, Connecticut, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and in my imagination
I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR… a dash of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua in my morning coffee—to honor my heritage, of course.
MUSICALLY INCLINED? I play the drums, keyboard and create music on the computer.
FIVE JOBS I’VE HAD… author, personal trainer/nutritionist, hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, success and life coach
GET ANYTHING GOOD IN THE MAIL LATELY? Notice of my last mortgage payment
FAVORITE PLACE TO BE… on my deck at sunset with a cold beer
HAPPINESS IS… connecting each morning to sound. Thank you, bionic ears!
I SIMPLY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT… being a relentless questioner.
I MOST DEFINITELY AM NOT… a recluse or an introvert.
I AM… unrelenting, introspective and purposeful.
MY FRIENDS SAY I AM… the energizer bunny!
I REALLY SHOULD STOP… listening to my inner critic.
I REALLY SHOULD START… taking the advice others pay me for.
WORDS I OVERUSE… drop down and give me 20
I HAVE A FEAR OF… losing electricity and being unable to recharge my batteries for my implants.
THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD IS… more of it!
IF I RULED THE WORLD… there would be no calories.
MY GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IS… being able to speak as well as any hearing person.