Overcoming Obstacles: Elena

All images of Elena LaQuatra wearing crown/sash were taken in 2016 during her time as Miss Pennsylvania USA. How does Elena hear? With a microphone in her hand, a sash across her chest, and one cochlear implant! Hi, I’m Elena! I am a 25-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who graduated from college with a major in broadcasting. Oh, and speaking of Pennsylvania, I just finished representing my state this year as Miss Pennsylvania USA! Now I am a Digital Video Reporter for an online lifestyle and enter-tainment channel. Hearing My Way I wasn’t born with hearing loss. When I was four years old, I had an infection called bacterial meningitis that took my hearing and balance. I had to work rea

Book We Love: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney Wimpy Kid fans, book #11 is on sale now ! In this book, Greg, our video-game-loving buddy, tries to make a scary movie. Can he do it? You’ll have to pick up a copy of Double Down to find out! Reading is a great way to build your language skills... but even better, why not get talking about the book? Start a book club with your friends and discuss the book as you read. Who are your favorite characters? What do you think will happen next? What was your favorite part of the story? What other questions can you think of for your Wimpy Kid book club? What is your favorite book? Share with us using #HOWbookclub! #DiaryofaWimpyKid #JeffKinney #Doubl

Look We Love: Benjamin

Benjamin, age 11 , Gurnee, IL Ben’s sporty mohawk, which shows off his bilateral cochlear implants, is definitely a look we love! Ben took a break one afternoon from playing hockey, baseball, and working towards his second black belt in taekwondo to get a haircut. Ben had always wanted a mohawk in his favorite color. His mom says his hair now matches his personality—outgoing, friendly, with a great sense of style—and best of all, Ben never lets his hearing loss hold him back! Do you have a look that we'd love? Send us your look at info@hearingourway! #cochlearimplant #hearingloss #mohawk #orange

Inspiration Station: Simone Biles

"A successful competition for me is going out there and putting 100% into whatever I'm doing." -Simone Biles, 19, Most Decorated American Gymnast Who better than Simone Biles to inspire us to get our heads in the game? Simone won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but we think it’s her confidence and drive to always give it her all that really make her a winning role model! In fact, Simone showed that even gold-medalists have to use their self-advocacy skills when she shared that she has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and that taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of or hide. Simone proves our differences don’t define us, but they can help shape wh

App We Love: Super Mario Run

Apps We Love: It’s Me, Mario... on the iPhone®! Just in time for the holidays, Super Mario Run® brings your favorite video game character to your iPhone® and iPad.® Play as a single-player or try it with friends. This isn’t your classic Nintendo Wii® game, (or even more classic Nintendo 64®game!); Super Mario Run is all about the timing of your taps. How many coins will you collect?And while you wait for the app’s release, have you tried Mario Run Stickers® for iMessage? Stickers are a fun way to express yourself as you chat with friends. What are your favorite stickers? We love to see them on Facebook! #supermariorun #mario #apps #iPhone #iPad #MarioRunStickers

Sibling Spot: Celia & Lelaina

Meet Celia & Lelaina, siblings from St. Louis, MO who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Celia, 7, has a cochlear implant and a hearing aid, and her sister Lelaina, 8, does not have hearing loss. They both love music, scooters, and their dog Linus! Celia: I like being so close in age to my sister because I feel like we are twins. Lelaina is there to help me in school, and she helped me feel better when I had my cochlear implant surgery. Lelaina: We love to have ‘sleepovers’ at night, and when we watch TV together, I always put the captions on. At the end of each school day, I help Celia take her FM System to the nurse’s office. Celia: Hearing loss can lead to some funny moments. I

Inspiration Station: Alex Lacamoire

Photo Credit: Tea for Two Photography Alex Lacamoire Musical Director of Hamilton an American Musical “My hearing loss makes me listen a little harder. It allows me to live in my own bubble. I can really focus in on music and tune out the world around me. . . Music involves all the senses. It’s about overcoming a disability to the point where you don’t feel it’s a disability anymore.” Alex Lacamoire, Tony and Grammy award winning Musical Director of the hit musical Hamilton, has worn hearing aids since childhood, but he has never let his hearing loss stop him. In fact, he has often wondered if he would be able to write music the way he does if he didn’t hear sound in such a unique way. He is

Look We Love: Super Kaylieann!

Super Kaylieann! Kaylieann is a 4-year-old girl with bilateral hearing aids who surprised her dad (and the world!) with her preschool photo this year. When picture day came around, her mom laid out some outfits for Kaylieann, but instead she chose a Superman look. Turns out, her mom wasn’t too surprised by Kaylieann’s request—every day she wears at least one superhero item, from her Superman socks to her cape! The best part was when her dad, a huge comic book fan, saw the picture. He loved seeing his daughter making her own choices and standing out from the crowd, especially showing off her hearing aids, at such a young age! Send in your LOOK WE LOVE today! info@hearingourway.com #lookwelove

Books We Love: Harry Potter

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Though it’s been almost 20 years since the first book was released, Harry Potter is still as popular now as it ever was. Why? The original book series and accompanying movies have some exciting new additions. Recently out in theaters was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the series. Released in bookstores and on stage in London was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play set 19 years after the last book. Finally, the first two books are now available in illustrated editions, perfect for younger audiences ready to get reading Harry’s stories. So, hop on your broomstick and take your pick, wizards! Did you know Harry Potter is a great way to l

Mark it with an E: Popcorn Cupcakes

Popcorn Cupcakes A showstopping treat for your next movie night in! Hi Future bakers! My name is Evelyn, and welcome to my kitchen. I’m 13-years-old, I have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid, and I live in Canada. I’m here to share my love of baking with you, so whip out your spatula, and let’s get cooking! Ingredients: Chocolate cupcakes: 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 tsp baking powder ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar 2 eggs ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cici's Hear to Dance

Cici's Hear to Dance Cici is a young dancer with a cochlear implant and hearing aid training to be a professional dancer. When she was on our cover in Winter 2014, she was 12-years-old and had just finished her first summer intensive at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York. Today Cici, who is in 8th grade, was selected for pre-professional dance companies at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, Missouri, and once again had the opportunity to attend the Dance Theatre of Harlem last summer. It’s not always easy to be a dancer with a cochlear implant, but Cici, her audiologist, and dance teachers always find a way to make it work, from taping her FM microphone to her tap shoes to

PACS: Meet Kyle

Meet Kyle! My Dream Career Growing up, sports was a way of life for me, so my dream was to become a professional baseball player. However, as I got older, I realized a better fit was education, which would make use of my patience & passion for working with kids. I became a second grade teacher, but inspired by my older brother who has hearing loss, I am now earning my Master’s in Deaf Education. One of the best parts is my wife is in the same program pursuing her Doctorate in Audiology! Tips & Tricks Everyone learns differently, so don’t be afraid to ask for the accommodations you need to help you learn best. Always make sure your devices are working before you start learning. Finally, pract