Sophie's Spotlight on Kalie

Sophie loves shining a spotlight on amazing kids with hearing loss around the world. Kalie’s teacher wanted to share her story with us. To shine a spotlight on someone you know, write to us at! Kalie is 11-years-old, has bilateral cochlear implants, and loves all things science. She is an animal lover, especially dogs, horses, and even dinosaurs! Kalie reads dinosaur books and memorizes facts about different types of dinosaurs. She even enjoys drawing them. Together with her younger sisters, Alexa and Zoey, Kalie loves to go to the zoo to see the animals. Kalie’s favorite place in the world is the beach. She likes to look for ‘cute little crabs.’ She says, “Sometimes I

Write to Us: Drew

Dear Sophie, Hi! My name is Drew. I am 15-years-old, and I’m from Valley Stream, New York. I have a high frequency hearing loss in both ears. This means I have trouble hearing speech sounds like /s/, /f/, and th without my hearing aids. When I was 3-years-old, I had cancer. Now, I am better! My hearing loss started because of my chemotherapy treatment. The doctors found my hearing loss after they did a BAER (brainstem auditory evoked response) test. This measures how your brain processes the sounds that you hear. I’ve been wearing bilateral hearing aids since I was 4-years-old, and I use an FM system in school. My favorite Overcoming Obstacles story from Hearing Our Way was about Jordan, the

PACS: Meet Christy!

My dream career My dream job was to be a teacher of the deaf. After growing up in Wyoming and going to graduate school in Missouri, I made that dream come true as a first year teacher in beautiful Hawai’i. However, I learned that Hawai’i is not necessarily ‘paradise’ for a new teacher of the deaf. Hawai’i faces many challenges around education, and children with hearing loss don’t always receive appropriate services. I needed to use my training and experiences to quickly learn to advocate for my students. Now I’ve branched out on my own with a mission to bring awareness for education and technology and provide private services for children with hearing loss. Hawai’i Hears After my first year

Jorge's How-To Guide

Jorge's How-To Guide: Becoming Your Own Advocate Jorge Delgado and his teachers were thrilled when they got the opportunity to pilot 24 Phonak Dynamic Soundfield Systems at their school. But what happens when you have amazing technology in your hands, and no one knows how to use it yet? 17-year-old Jorge took it upon himself to learn how to assemble each soundfield system, train each general education teacher receiving the technology, and transform his school in the process. 1. PLAN Jorge began by learning how the microphones and speakers work together. Once Jorge learned to use the technology himself, he wanted to be sure his teachers felt confident using the Roger system, too. He planned a

Mark it with an E: Ring in the Winter Olympics Gingerbread Cookies

Hi bakers! My name is Evelyn, and welcome to my kitchen. I’m 14-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! Ring in the Winter Olympics Gingerbread Cookies INGREDIENTS • 3 cups flour • 3⁄4 cup packed dark brown sugar • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt • 1 1⁄2 sticks of butter, softened to room temperature, cut into 12 pieces • 3⁄4 cup light or dark molasses • 2 Tablespoons milk ROYAL ICING 2 Tablespoons meringue powder 1⁄4 cup water (plus more for thinning) 4

Overcoming Obstacles: Jorge

HOW does Jorge hear? With an outgoing personality, a can-do attitude... and a bone anchored hearing aid! All About Me Hi, I’m Jorge, and I am 18-years-old. I recently graduated high school in Riverside, California and just began my freshman year at Rochester Institute for Technology-NTID in New York. I am studying to be a Physician Assistant because I love helping people! Hearing My Way I was born with microtia in one ear, which causes single-sided hearing loss because I have an undeveloped outer ear and ear canal. In elementary school, I wore an FM system, but it only amplified my ear with typical hearing, not my ear with hearing loss. I wanted a better solution and went through 10 reconstr

Sibling Spot: Brinley and Danica

Meet Brinley and Danica, siblings from California who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Brinley, 8, has bilateral cochlear implants, and Danica, 10, does not have hearing loss. They both love gymnastics, baseball, and spending time together in their hidden fort in the bedroom that they share. Danica: Brinley looks up to me as her big sister, and I look up to her for being so brave. She is always responsible with her cochlear implants, but there are times when I help, like when she’s swimming or when her batteries die. Hearing loss affects our relationship, but it’s neither good or bad— just different. Brinley: My big sister helps me in so many ways. She repeats things if I don’t

Book We Love: Jack and the Geniuses

I'm Eva, a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey who has always loved reading! I have hearing loss in my left ear, but with the help of my Roger Focus receiver and wireless system, I never let hearing loss hold me back! Ready to discover your next favorite book? Join me (and my pet fish Dr. DoBlue) to explore my bookshelf. Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone (New York Times best-selling authors) Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World is the first adventure in a new series of science mystery books. Jack, who is my favorite character, is an orphan that has to solve the mystery of a missing scientist with the help of his foster sibl

Inspiration Station: The Greatest Showman

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” —The Greatest Showman The Greatest Showman is a new musical that hits theaters Christmas day and tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the visionary creator of the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus. The movie celebrates the idea that what makes you different makes you special and features all new music, including “This Is Me,” with the same message. #thegreatestshowman #movie #thingswelove #movieswelove #christmas #magic #circus #barnumandbailey #thisisme #different #unique