H.E.A.R. Me Out, which stands for Hearing Education and Adult Resources, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides information and resources to the deaf and hard of hearing, friends and family who want to help, and critical training for employers seeking to prepare for the growing number of customers and employees with hearing loss.
At H.E.A.R. Me Out, we believe that people with hearing loss should not be at a disadvantage for employment simply because they cannot find help. And conversely, businesses should have the opportunity to find the information they need for assisting employees or customers who have a hearing loss.
Our mission is to give people with hearing loss a voice, connect them to the assistance they need, and help eliminate some of the challenges they meet in both their personal and professional lives. So, how do we do that?
H.E.A.R. Me Out believes that people with hearing loss should not be at a disadvantage for employment simply because they cannot find help.
Business training and education to better accommodate hard-of-hearing customers and employees
Practical information for businesses on the benefits of being more friendly to the deaf and hard of hearing
Information, tips and resources for those with hearing loss, their families and friends
The latest in hearing technology and news
An online directory of hearing resources and services near you
Blog posts from people impacted in various ways by hearing loss
H.E.A.R. Me Out Founder Darnell Parks was born completely deaf in his right ear and with a slight hearing loss in his left. Over the years, the hearing in his left ear has gotten progressively worse. Despite his hearing loss, Darnell has always had a love for music, and has excelled professionally as a music producer and audio recording engineer.
The idea for H.E.A.R. Me Out came to fruition several years ago when Darnell was seeking a new job. While interviewing for a position he was well-qualified for, his potential employer recognized the challenge he would have with phone work – an essential skill for the job.
The company asked if he knew of any tools that could help. At the time, he was unaware of any technology for the phone or even where to look for help. The company didn’t either, and Darnell was passed over for the job.
This experience made Darnell realize he probably wasn’t the first person with hearing loss to encounter a situation like this. It was probably happening to people all over the country every single day! And from there, the idea for H.E.A.R. Me Out was born.
H.E.A.R. Me Out is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides information and resources to the deaf and hard of hearing, friends and family who want to help, and critical training for employers.