Connie Briscoe: My real name is Constance, but everyone has always called me “Connie.” I was blessed with a wonderful upbringing. Although my immediate family is small—I have one sister—we are very close and supportive of each other. The only thing unusual about my life was that I was born with a hearing loss, inherited from my father’s side of the family. From childhood through my twenties, it was a moderate loss and I was able to attend public schools and to go on to college with few problems. When I was in my mid-twenties the loss worsened and by graduate school I needed a hearing aid. I eventually took a job at Gallaudet University and began to learn sign language. I never let my hearing loss hold me back from doing the things I wanted to do. I just adapted and plowed on. A couple of years ago, I had a cochlear implant and most of my hearing has been restored. I’m now doing things I hadn’t done in years, like going to the movies, enjoying music and using the telephone. It really is a miracle.