Sophie's Spotlight on Emma

Emma, 19, is a rising sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts. She was diagnosed with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss at birth, started wearing hearing aids at six-months-old, and attended Clarke Philadelphia at age 3. She was mainstreamed in preschool, but Clarke has been there to support her ever since. They helped explain her hearing aids and FM system to her classmates and teachers and assisted in the IEP process. Now in college, Emma works with her school’s Office of Disability Services to advocate for the accommodations she needs, explain them to her professors, and answer any questions they may have. Emma fell in love with playwriting when Philadelphia Young Playwrights

I Scream for Ice Cream Cupcakes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED Your favorite cake mix Your favorite royal icing Your favorite buttercream Food coloring for ice cream colors Piping bags or ziploc bags Piping tips (I used Wilton 1A and Wilton #3) Parchment Paper A picture of ice cream (search ice cream decals clipart) DIRECTIONS 1. A day in advance of baking, place parchment paper over the ice cream print. Use royal icing to outline the shape of an ice cream cone. Fill in the cone first with a darker color. Let dry for one hour, then fill in the ice cream part with a lighter color. Let harden overnight. 2. The next day, bake your cupcakes as directed. 3. When cool, pipe a swirl of buttercream on each cupcake. 4. Using a knife or icing spa

PACS: Meet Cathryn!

My Dream Career When I was six, I was diagnosed with a profound sensorineural hearing loss in my right ear—or single-sided deafness. The doctors believe that I was born with hearing loss, but since I have normal hearing in my left ear, I was able to learn to listen and talk. In high school, I received a bone-anchored hearing aid (Baha). It helps me with sound awareness on my right side because it sends the signal to my ‘good ear’. After I received my Baha, I began to think audiology would be a great career path for me. I would be able to relate to my patients and pursue my passion of helping others. I am graduating this month with my doctoral degree from Washington University’s Program in Au

Live Out Loud

Live Out Loud A poem by Lindsay Cotterman Crying the first time you hear the refrigerator buzz because you’ve never heard it before... Receiving bad grades on video quizzes in school because they weren’t captioned... Closing your eyes during yoga and not knowing what the teacher is saying... Hating sleepovers because once the lights go out you can’t hear your friends... Watching others dancing to try to find the rhythm of the song... Saying “what” or “sorry” because you missed what was said... Refusing to wear your hearing aids because you don’t want to be made fun of... Having people think you’re rude or ignoring them when really you didn’t hear them... Pretending you heard something and la

Overcoming Obstacles: Braden

"I’m only 11 years old, but I feel like I’m on the best journey ever!" All About Me Hi, I’m Braden from Fort Worth, Texas! I am 11-years-old and just finished 5th grade at Fort Worth Country Day School. I am creative and have LOTS of different hobbies including doing Rubiks cubes, drawing, plus watching AND making YouTube videos, but what I’m proudest of is raising money for people that can’t afford hearing aids. Hearing My Way I was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at my newborn hearing screening and was fit with hearing aids when I was just 3 months old. I attend a mainstream elementary school where I use an FM system to help me in the classroom. When I can hear my teachers clearl

Sibling Spot: Paisley, Presley, Patton, and Pierson

Meet Paisley, Presley, Patton, and Pierson, siblings from Oklahoma who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Paisley and Presley, 8, are twin girls, and little brothers Patton, 3, and Pierson, 2, are 18 months apart! Paisley and Patton both have hearing loss and wear cochlear implants. Paisley: I’m the older twin! I was born with a mild to moderate hearing loss and wore hearing aids until I was 3. That’s when my hearing loss progressed, and I got cochlear implants. Now I am doing great in school. I even made the swim team, where I use my waterproof implant accessories! I love being a twin, but I also love that having cochlear implants makes me different than my sister. Presley: Paisl

Inspiration Station: Storm Reid

“I hope that [the film] inspires girls my age and everyone— [any race, any gender]—to believe in themselves and know that they can do anything. Nothing’s impossible, because in that word it says ‘I’m possible.’ So just always know that no matter what, you can always do it, and don’t let anybody ever tell you different!” — Storm Reid, star of A Wrinkle in Time, @stormreid #stormreid #inspirationstation #impossible #possible #different #inspire #quote #actress #movie

A Wrinkle in Time

Books We Love: 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. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a thrilling book about a girl named Meg Murry whose father has gone missing. She goes on an adventure with her friend Calvin and her younger brother Charles Wallace to find her father. Charles is my favorite character because he is so young and naive—his ability to trust helps with the quest. At first Meg feels dependen

Have You Heard?

Have you Heard? A message from Hearing Health Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure hearing loss and to promote hearing health. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is not hearing loss that you are born with. It is hearing loss that is caused by loud noise that damages hair cells in your inner ear. If you have hearing loss in one or both ears, it is important to take care of the residual hearing that you have. Use these tips to preserve your hearing and help your family and friends prevent noise-induced hearing loss, too! Have you heard that some people are more likely to be exposed to harmful noise than others? Kids and teens are exposed to loud sounds and music