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Professional Inspirational Speaker


Susanna Dussling

Inspirational Speaker


Personal Development Coach

Keynote Speaker 

“Anything is possible if you believe.”

Susanna Dussling is your “Positve Mental Attitude” expert.  In spite of her deafness, she purposely lives life to the fullest and persistently
follows her dreams with a winning attitude and a heavy dose of patience.

Let Susanna, of CENTER RING PRESENTATIONS, help you live your most extraordinary life by taking you on an incredible ride!  She will inspire you with compelling, heartwarming stories infused with a touch of humor.  And she will help you overcome adversity by sharing the tips you need to achieve victory over your personal setbacks. 

Susanna was born deaf  but  lives in a hearing world as a hard of hearing person and uses her experiences to teach us that being different is okay and that it’s not the end of the world.

By using her professional business experience in combination with her experience in the show ring with her performance horses, she will teach you about competition and goal setting.

She makes use of her past failures and setbacks to teach about being grateful, with grace, and successful with a positive “can do” attitude.

In spite of adversity – if Susanna can lead a successful life – she believes you can too!

CENTER RING PRESENTATIONS will customize and tailor a presentation for your unique social and business needs. 

Do you need a speaker for you next event? Let Susanna present on Change, Success, Goal Setting, Overcoming Adversity, and/or Hearing Loss.

Please feel free to pass this message on.  Thank you.

As Always, Have a sunny day!  Susanna


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Sunny and her Cochlear Implants


This is my first children’s book.  I just published it this summer at Author House. 

I am excited about this story.  It is a story based on my life as a deaf child, who was a lifetime hearing aid user, until I suffered sudden deafness in 2005.  Then, I became a successful bilateral cochlear implant wearer.

Sunny is about a happy-go-lucky deaf girl, who lives her life in a hearing world, with hearing aids.  Then her life changes when her aids no longer help, but there is a solution.

Sunny in an educational book about hope, acceptance, cochlear implants and a positve “can do” attitude. 

To learn more about Sunny go to

Go to  to order or contact me directly at to order in volume bulk.

I discoved my life’s purpose is to share my story with others to inspire hope that we all can overcome our personal setbacks in life with lots of hard work, perserverance and a positive attitude.

Not only do I help others with my book, I also speak to groups, associations, school groups, etc with my uplifting motivational messages.  Go to my speaker website at http://www.susannamdussling to book me for your next event.

In additon, please forward this blog entry to others who might enjoy this book or enjoy an inspirational presentation.

As Always, Have a Sunny Day.


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Walk for Hearing KickOff Houston

100_0253abHello Everyone

I attended the Walk for Hearing Kickoff in Houston, Texas with my mom and dad at PrimaPasta.

I believe a great time was had by all.  This kickoff was created to stir up excitement for our upcoming walk at Tom Bass Park on November 7, 2009.

It is for a very good cause-Hearing Loss Association  Hearing loss is a growing national problem, yet only 20% of people do something about their hearing loss!  That is sad indeed.  There are many reason why people do not do nothing.  Some of the most popular reasons are people feel like their is no help, or there is to much misunderstanding, or they are in denial! and they do not think they have a hearing problem.

The event began at 2:00 with an excellent lunch catered by PrimaPasta to include salad, spaghetti and meatballs,  and tiramasu! Which was absolutely devine!  During our meal, we had a chance to catch up with others, while there was an awesome slide show in the background of our 2008 walk.

Once we concluded our meal, Ray Wathen was Master of Ceremonies, and he presented our program. It  began witha short video of our National Walk, next Ray introduced our presenters such as our sponsors,  Max McCarthy from Hearing Systems and Nabeel from WindStar Energy.  Then, Lois Johnson our newly elected Texas State  Officer gave a short presentation about the Houston Walk to include how to participate, set up your “Walk Page” and fund-raising. 

There was alot of excitement in the air at the conclusion of the presentation.  We all  picked up “Walk for Hearing” materials and did some last minute visiting.

I had a great time and I hope you come out and participate in the Walk on Nov 7, 2009, go to my walk page at to findout more, participate and /or make a donation.

As always, Have a sunny day! Susanna

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Houston Walk 4 Hearing 2009

Hello Everyone

Labor Day has come and gone, fall is just around the corner.  Therefore, that means one thing, The Houston Walk for Hearing is fast approaching.

This will be my second year to participate in the Walk on November 7, 2009 at Tom Bass Park in Pearland.

I had a blast doing the walk last year, we raised a ton of money and a great time was had by all who attended and/or participated in the walk.

This walk is sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America at .  Hearing loss affects over 36 million people, yet only 20% of people do something about their hearing loss.  It is a shame that more people do not seek help for their hearing loss.  This organization provides support for people that are hard of hearing and they also do lots of advocacy work.  It is an awesome organization.  I am proud to be a member of this organization.

Here is a short video of the walk for hearing in action:

The Walk helps us raise money for both the national organization and the local chapter.

So, come on out, have fun, and learn more about hearing loss on November 7, 2009.

By the way, I also created my own personal walk page at

Be a part of my team and/or make a donation to a worthwhile organization.

As always, Have a sunny day Susanna

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Houston Hearing Loss Association Happenings 2009

Well, Houston HLA  is off to a great start for 2009.  We moved to another venue and changed the time.  As a result of this dynamic change, we had a tremendous increase in visitors and guests at our February meeting.  

It was even more exciting when we outgrew our meeting room at our new location, the first time out meeting there! 

All in all, the February meeting was very interesting.  For our February program, we had a panel of people who were related to someone with hearing loss.  Teri Wathen was the moderator.  Teri asked various questions to the different members of the panel — most questions were related to “what is life like living with a person who is hard of hearing?’   The responses were varied, as their own experiences were unique.  Thus, the different insight was helpful to the audience, because their is no one solution to dealing with hearing loss and communicating with those that are hard of hearing.   Some comments made us laugh, others made us think and then some comments made us realize we had been throught the same experiences.  All in all, it was a great program.  Afterwards, we had time to visit and socialize with current members and visit with new prospective members. 

Houston Hla members have also been working real hard to put on an awesome education workshop on March 7, 2009 called “Do you hear what I hear.”  Jesse Petty spearheaded this workshop and it will include a welcome by Mayor Bill White and include 2 programs by renown hard of hearing speaker and actress, Gael Hannan.   It will also include other various workshops related to hearing loss during the morning and afternoon. 

In addition, the workshop will have free hearing screenings and vendors will be on site as well.

Most importanly, this workshop is free!!!!!!!!  Register and RSVP online and you will receive a free lunch at  

This workshop will be at St.Luke’s United Methodist church at 3471 Westheimer at Edloe Hn. Tx. 77027

We also have some other exciting programs for the Spring, so come check out our meetings the second saturday of the month at 930 am at ST.Luk’es.

March:  “Dare to Be Different”  Presentation about a Lady and her 2 golden boys (Arabian Horses)  who all overcame physical disabilities to be Champions in Life and the Show Ring.  Furthermore, Susanna shares how ALD’s help her compete in the show ring.  It is a motivational, inspirational and educational presentation.

April:  We will have an Outstanding Presentation from a Leading Forensic Scientist, more details to come.

May:  Another insightful Presentation from a Lady who will teach us awesome lipreading skills.

June:  We will takE off for the National HLAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

By the way, hearing people are more than welcome to attend our meetings.  The more people we share hearing loss with, the better off we all are!

Put us on your calendar, it will be worth your while to be a part of this organization or at least visit.  We  look forward to meeting you!

As always, Have a sunny day!  Susanna

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National HLAA Convention Nashville 2009

Hello Everyone,

Happy Holidays!!!! It has been a hectic time.  I work in Retail Management for a large sporting goods chain and what can I say, Xmas season is our busiest time of the year!

On the other hand, I have some exciting news to share with you,  I was accepted to be a “presenter” at the National HLAA Convention to be held in Nashville JUne 18-21, 2009.    It was so exciting to hear the great news!  I will be presenting “Bouncing Back.”  It is a 3-part workshop: 1. My personal story of the cochlear implants. 2. Coping Stragedies with Cochlear Implants and 3.  Listening Exercises  to achieve optimal success with your cochlear implants.   

I had already presented this presention at the Texas HLA conference in October 2008 and it was a success, at least from all the positive feedback, I received from members of the audience. Yes, there are always areas for improvement , so at Nationals this presentation will be even better, due to constructive feedback, which I welcomed, so you can hopefully enjoy an educational, and inspiring presentation. 

I love helping others and educating others about Cochlear Implants and my tips.  It makes me feel like I accomplished my job, when others tell me that my suggestions, ideas and story was helpful in their lives! 

I had been a member of Toastmasters for a short while and I discovered I love speaking.  The speech in October was my first professional speaking engagement and I hope to eventually have many more speaking engagements! 

In the new year of 2009, one of my goals which I am sharing with you, is to develop a speaking company called “CenterRing Presentations.”  The focus of CRP is How to Overcome Adversity, in addition, to Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Awareness and of course, the many stragedies of how to handle your hearing loss and lead a positive, rewarding life in spite of it! 

In 2009, CRP will have a web site, books, audios, and dvd’s available.

Like they say in the movies, “Coming Attraction.” —-So, be on the lookout for it — Center Ring Presentations is going big in the new Year.

By the way, Susanna is accepting invitations to speak in the new year, so contact me at 281-818-0547 or email me at

On the other hand, I have never been to the National HLA Convention and I am so excited, it will be at the fabulous Gaylord Hotel! I have been told this is one of the most beautiful hotels in the country.  It is also HLAA 30 th anniversary.  In addition, Teri Wathen- Co President of HOuston HLA with me is also presenting! How awesome is that! Both Co presidents of the HOuston HLA Chapter will be presenting in Nashville. Come join us  in Nashville!  We would love to meet you and visit with you!

By the way, if you live in Houston and would love to know more about Houston Hla or would love to attend a meeting let me know.  We have some great things in store for 2009! Don’t miss out! Be a part of HOuston HLA!!!

Happy HOlidays! and as always, Have a Sunny day.


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Houston Walk for Hearing Nov. 4, 2008

Hello Everyone

Just another awesome Houston HLA event.  The Houston Walk for Hearing at Tom Bass Park on November 4, 2008.  Wow, what a day, we had fabulous weather, fabulous people, fabulous food and of course a fabulous cause.  Walk for Hearing, check it out at .  Our awesome chapter was able to raise over $20000. Way to go, Houston!  We were all so excited, we raised soooooooooooo much moolah, considering the Hurricane Ike cancelled our kickoff and we lost a little bit of momentum due to Ike.  However, that did not deter our awesome chapter.  We all rallied together and still made it happen!!!!!!!!

In addition, the National Walk goal was to reach $700k and my gosh! They did it! All in all, all the walk teams contibuted to a grand total of just over $750k…..Wow!!!!!!!! 

It was my first time to participate in the Walk and raise money as well.  I was excited too, because I reached my personal goal of raising $500.  With the help of my walk team “Champion Ears” and Individidual donations, we raised $525!!!!!  Furthermore, all members of my team had a great time at the walk and they all expressed the sentiment of “they will be back next year” with more donations and friends to walk on the team.  They were impressed with our organization and they want to share the info!  Wow! This advocacy stuff really works!!!

Furthermore, it was great to see many members of the Houston Hla organization participating in the walk, as well as the various vendors and organizations  that help contribute to the success of  the hard of the hearing in the hearing world.  Thanks a million Houston for all that you do!

See more walk photos at

See y’all next year! The date is November 7, 2009 at Tom Bass Park.  Let’s go for $30k plus!!!! I know we can do it! After all, we have awesome group in Houston!

Have a sunny day! Susanna

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Houston HLA Holiday Party

Houston HLA Christmas Party December 2008

A fun time was had by all.  We had an awesome turnout at this delightful party.   We thank Lois Johnson for graciously hosting this party at her daughter’s home in Northwest Houston. 

It was my first HLA Christmas party.  I was not sure what to expect.  It turned out to be an awesome party.  As you all know, I am relatively new to HLA and Houston HLA.  Thus, I am still meeting so many members.  I was able to chat with many members that I have not meet yet.  It was great to do it an informal and festive setting.  I am continually amazed at how much I am still learning about hearing loss and cochlear implants from others.  I love hearing everyone’s story.  They are all truly unique and different.  Just like ice cream, coming in 31 flavors, plus some!  This is how I feel when I hear all these incredible stories, no two stories are alike —–everyone has a different “cochlear implant”  and hearing loss story. 

There so was plenty of food! A little bit of everything!

Teri, Allen, and I also briefly spoke about the excitement for the coming year for Houston HLA!  We are all pumped about our new location! new time! new programs! and exciting workshops! 

By the way, check out more Houston HLA Holiday photos at

Share Houston HLA with everyone !!!!!! Invite them to our meetings! Share this blog with them.  As y’all can tell, I am posting and blogging all my HLA activities on this blog.   We must continue to get the word out!

As always! Have a sunny day! Susanna

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Houston Chapter – Hearing Loss Association New/Old Board Meeting

Wow, yesterday was the first meeting of the new officers for the Houston Chapter of Hearing Loss Association for 2009.  I was pretty psyched.  After all, I had just became a member of this chapter at the July 2008 meeting.  I just jumped in…I heard about this organization for many years.  I admit I been to a couple of meetings back in the late 90’s, even went to a couple of meetings in Dallas in early 2000’s.  Now, I look back on it and I realized I did not want to admit to the world that I was hard of hearing.  This past summer, I was ready!!! more than ready!  You ask, what made me change my mind—many things…..I will begin with one reason,  I was not happy with the way cochlear implants have been portrayed in the media lately….there was much negative publicity about it or they (the media) did not represent the cochlear implants correctly. I am a recent bilateral cochlear implant receipent and it truly changed my world for the better!!! The CI’s totally rock!!!

Back to July 2009, I went to meeting and I gave an impromptu speech of my life as a hard of hearing person, former hearing aid user, and now bilateral cochlear implant user.  It was a blast and I received lots of positive feedback…. Now, I felt like the time was right to join Houston-HLAA.  Fast forward to November—I was elected Co-president of 2009!!!!  Pretty quick, I know, but I am real excited —I am ready to help energize this chapter with the help of all these awesome Houston-HLAA members…I am ready to learn from them….they have lots of experience with this chapter!    Stay tuned …..and I will share more news from the Houston HLAA Chapter

Have a sunny day! As always Susanna

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