Hello. I’m Chelsea Hull. I am a proud Navy spouse and mother of two hearing children. It’s a great honor to work with the deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) community. Teaching others about the DHH community is a large part of my work that I enjoy.
My mother was and still is the driving force in my career. She referred to herself as Hard of Hearing. Growing up, I was exposed to the Deaf Community, as well as the Hard of Hearing Community. Since marrying into the military, I’ve become passionate about providing support to families in the armed forces.
When I’m not at home with my two toddlers, you can find me interpreting at the college level. If you can’t find me there, I’ll probably be at the beach or a Thai restaurant.
Thank you, parents, for letting me be a part of something great. I look forward to hearing from, meeting, and connecting with new families.
While working on my BA in Deaf Education at the California State University Fresno, I remember testing my mom’s hearing with an audiometer. She kept telling me to turn up the volume, but it didn’t go up any louder.
I followed up the hearing test with a thorough interview. It covered everything from my mother’s background as a Rubella baby, to her interpretation of her hearing loss, to the hard reality of her heart condition.
While analyzing her case, I came to a difficult realization- my mother was not hard of hearing (like she referred to herself all of those years), she was deaf, and that was okay. Although this was 20 years ago, it still feels like yesterday.
I can still remember watching my first parent panel at Gallaudet University. I didn’t want to leave the room. I wanted to keep in touch with each parent who shared their intimate and honest experience. I wanted to meet each panel member’s child and become his/her teacher.
Maybe it’s because I related to them through my grandmother’s experiences with my mother. One thing I do know is- the more we (parents and professionals) share and learn from each other, the greater impact we have in improving the lives of children and adults with hearing loss.
This is why I do what I do. It’s about the outcomes and quality of life of our family members.
Education & Experience
In 2003, received my MA from San Diego State University in Deaf Education. I’ve taught at just about every level from birth-22 years of age. I enjoy sharing my past experiences as a teacher/interpreter/statewide co-coordinator, all in hopes of empowering families’ decision making processes and confidence levels when they need it the most.
I believe professionals learn best from parents. The parent-professional relationship is one of partnership where the parent always comes first.