Sophie's Spotlight: Bridie

Sophie loves shining a spotlight on amazing kids with hearing loss around the world. Bridie’s mom wanted to share her story with us. To shine a spotlight on someone you know, write to us at! Bridie (an Irish nickname for Bridget), is a 12-year-old with hearing aids from Richmond, Virginia. When Bridie was six, she begged Santa for a violin for Christmas. After three years of lessons, she discovered Irish fiddling, a fun twist on violin that honors her heritage. Bridie practices six hours each week, competes in Irish Fiddle competitions, and plays violin with the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. Bridie feels no different than any other kid trying to learn an instrumen

Mark it with an E: Put Me in the Zoo Panda Cupcakes

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! Put Me in the Zoo Panda Cupcakes INGREDIENTS • Cake mix (homemade or store bought) • White Frosting (homemade or store bought) • Decorating (sanding) sugar • Chocolate chips • White chocolate • Chocolate sprinkles DIRECTIONS 1. Bake cupcakes according to your favorite recipe or box mix. 2. After your cupcakes cool, cover them in white frosting. 3. Dip your cupcake in a bowl of sanding sugar. 4. Take two chocolate chips and place them on the top sides for

Hearing Loss Moment: David

“Did I leave my left ear on the nightstand?” David says, “I had such a super busy day that I realized I forgot to put my left cochlear implant on (which never happens!). I went most of the day thinking, why does everything sound ‘off’?” Have you ever had a #hearinglossmoment? Have you ever asked someone to look for your ‘ears’? Send in your story to! #hearinglossmoment #deafmoment #ear #funnymoment #deaf #cochlearimplant #hearingloss #story

Dear Sophie: Gabe

Dear Sophie, Hi! My name is Gabe, I’m 11-years-old in 6th grade. I live in New York with my amazing parents and dog named Bear. When I was 5-years-old, my pediatrician found a cholesteatoma in my right ear, an extra skin growth that can grow and destroy the bones in the middle ear. I had surgery to remove it, and a year later, I had another surgery to put a titanium implant in my ear. It replaced two of my three middle ear bones. I use a Phonak CROS® hearing aid and an FM system in school. My speech-language pathologist, Fara Augustover from Island Wide Speech, helps me learn to listen, troubleshoot my hearing aid, and talk to people about my hearing loss. My special talent is art. I love th

PACS Pals: Mitch

Mitch is a graduate student in deaf education at the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a profound hearing loss and wears bilateral cochlear implants. My Dream Career I have a profound hearing loss and wear bilateral cochlear implants. I attended Child’s Voice, a school for the deaf in Chicago that gave me the tools to hear and talk. Because of the huge impact the school had on my life, I’ve decided that I want to be a teacher of the deaf so that I can help children like me learn to listen and speak and give back to the community that did so much for me. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in elementary education, I am now pursuing

HIPP Kids: Pen Pal Program

An exciting new Pen Pal Program presented by Ryan Brady with Hearing Our Way! What's a Pen Pal? A friend made by sending and receiving letters. Pen pals usually live far away and have not met each other in person. Hi, I’m Ryan! I started HIPP Kids to connect kids and teens with hearing loss around the world and to help them practice their reading and writing skills in a fun and engaging way. I know how much it helped my sister to meet other kids with hearing loss and share her own unique experiences with others. Through HIPP, I hope many kids and teens can make special connections and find support from peers experiencing hearing loss just like them! Ryan, 15, was inspired by her older sister

Overcoming Obstacles: Regan

HOW does Regan hear? With a lacrosse stick in one hand, a book in the other, and two cochlear implants! All About Me Hi, I’m Regan, and I am 19-years-old. I’m originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, but now I live in Boston, Massachusetts where I’m a freshman at Harvard University! Hearing My Way When I was born, there was no mandatory newborn hearing screening. It wasn’t until I was 9-months-old that my parents began to suspect I might have hearing loss. I was taken to many doctors until finally when I was 13-months-old, I was diagnosed with a severe to profound bilateral hearing loss. My parents didn’t know anything about raising a child with hearing loss, but they knew they wanted to set me

Sibling Spot: Raymond, Isaac, and Audrey

Meet Raymond, Isaac, and Audrey, siblings from Virginia who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Raymond, 13, and Audrey, 6, both have bilateral cochlear implants. Isaac, 11, does not have hearing loss. These siblings love to swim, rock climb, and play basketball together. Raymond: My brother Isaac always helped me at the pool and beach before I got the waterproof case for my cochlear implants. Even though he’s my younger brother, I feel like he watches over me a bit. We both help with Audrey, too. When she was little, I would help my mom test Audrey’s Ling 6 sounds and play with her to practice listening. Isaac: I know a lot about cochlear implants thanks to my siblings. I can even

Books We Love: The Land of Stories

Eva’s Bookshelf: Eva is a 10-year-old girl from New Jersey who has always loved reading! She has hearing loss in her left ear, but with the help of her Roger Focus® receiver and wireless system, she never lets hearing loss hold her back! Ready to discover your next favorite book? Eva invites you to explore her bookshelf. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is the first book in this fantasy series. The main characters, Conner and Alex, are twins. After their dad dies, their lives are turned upside down—especially when they get stuck in their grandmother’s fairy tale book! As they journey through fairy tales, they meet different charact

Inspiration Station: Wonder

"Choosing kindness is just as easy as smiling." - Jacob Tremblay In the hit movie Wonder, based on the best-selling book of the same name, Jacob Tremblay stars as Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with Treacher Collins Syndrome. The syndrome causes facial abnormalities of the eyes, ears, cheekbones, and chin. In fact, hearing loss can be one of the complications, and a bone anchored hearing aid can help people with this syndrome. Jacob loved the movie’s catchphrase “Choose Kindness” as well as its message to look past a person’s differences to really get to know them. #wonder #movie #inspirationstation #quote #auggiepullman #jacobtremblay #kindness #choosekindness #book #bestselling #treache

Look We Love: Happy Feet

Elizabeth, an Auditory Verbal Therapist, needed the perfect pair of shoes for her first day as a graduate school instructor. Her motto is “you hear with your brain, not with your ears,” so when she found ear anatomy and brain anatomy shoes sold as separate pairs, she knew she would have to buy both and mix & match! When she showed of her ‘first day of school shoes’ to her students, they thought she was both the 'dorkiest' and 'coolest' instructor! Elizabeth Rosenzweig is as Auditory Verbal Therapist who works with families around the world via teletherapy. You can find her at her website #elizabethrosenzweig #thingswelove #lookwelove #toms #shoes #avt #auditoryverb