Jamie Berke

Writer, Hard of Hearing Expert

Expertise

Deafness, Hard of Hearing Issues

Education

National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, American University

Highlights

Experience

Jamie Berke is a former writer for Verywell Health covering deafness and hard of hearing issues. She was born deaf during the rubella epidemic of the 1960s. She grew up oral, learning sign language later on. With auditory training, she was able to make use of hearing aids until the age of 30. She spent the next 12 years totally deaf, but in 2008, a cochlear implant helped her hear again.

Jamie has managed a closed captioning website and a deaf adoption news service. She was also active in the early "Caption Action" effort of the late 80s to early 90s to increase closed captioning on videotapes.

Education

Jamie attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and transferred to Gallaudet University, where she earned two degrees at separate times. The first degree was in English (1987), and the second degree was in Computer Information Systems (1996). In between, Jamie picked up a master's degree in public communication from American University

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