Here to Hear U.S. Comedy Tour - D J Demers
Published on Friday, 8 September 2017, 12:35 p.m.   Print Article

Deaf comedian D.J. Demers is ready to break down stigmas around hearing loss through the power of laughter. 

This October, D.J. Demers is getting in a bright green RV with his face plastered on it, to travel to universities across the U.S. for the Here to Hear Comedy Tour, sponsored by Phonak. D.J. will perform free stand-up comedy shows, meet with the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing communities and engage with fans through social media and daily vlogs on YouTube

“I will party very hard on the bus every single night,” D.J. says. “I feel one of the stigmas that surround hard of hearing people is that we don’t know how to party, and I aim to shatter that stigma empathetically. I might be fabricating this stigma to justify all the partying I will be doing…Nonetheless, I will be installing a hot tub on the tour bus to show my commitment to shattering stigmas. 

“In all seriousness (not that I am not dead serious about the hot tub) I’ve met so many people with hearing loss in my travels. It’s become one of my favorite parts of being a comedian, certainly one of the most rewarding. I feel very fortunate to be embarking on this month-long comedy tour to help Phonak in their mission of destigmatizing hearing loss. It’s an opportunity I don’t take lightly.”

“It’s become one of my favorite parts of being a comedian, certainly one of the most rewarding.” 

D.J., who was most recently seen on “Conan” and “America’s Got Talent,” has severe-to-profound hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since he was four years old.  He currently uses Phonak hearing aids and Roger technology for school and office settings.

“As I’ve gotten older (and dare I say wiser?) I’ve begun to acknowledge that my hearing aids are not a small part of who I am,” D.J. says. “They are a huge part of my identity. I still believe that I am more than my hearing aids, but I’m not ashamed to fully recognize their role in my life.”

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