Sophie's Spotlight on Madelyn

Madelyn, a talented athlete and high school senior, has played volleyball for four years. Although she faced obstacles due to her hearing loss, Maddie refused to let these challenges interfere with her love for the game. In junior high, Maddie hid her hearing aids and refused to use assistive devices. As a result, she suffered from auditory fatigue. Now 17, Maddie has learned to accept her hearing loss. She has new hearing aids, wears her hair up, and uses assistive technology. She takes advantage of accommodations including an FM system, pass-around mic, CART (live captioning), and preferential seating. Now, when Maddie is in a noisy gym playing volleyball, she has the confidence to advocat

Write to Us: Ava

Ava, 9, lives with her parents, sister, dog Max, bird Kiwi, frog Frack, and fish Bubbles in Long Island, New York. She has unilateral hearing loss related to enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome (EVA), wears a ‘pixie pink’ hearing aid in her right ear, and practices listening at Island Wide Speech. She created her Hidden Hearing Aid Challenge for HOW readers and wants other kids with hearing loss to be proud of who they are on the inside and out! Find her game in the latest issue of Hearing Our Way! Don't subscribe? Sign up now: #ava #walk4hearing #writetous #draw #enlargedvestibularaqueducts #hearingaid #islandwidespeech

PACS: Tyler

Hearing My Way I have had a progressive hearing loss since birth. I was diagnosed at eighteen-months-old and was fit with bilateral hearing aids. My hearing loss progressed, and I received a cochlear implant during my senior year of high school. It was a difficult transition at first, but now I love my implant. I am bimodal, which means that I have one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. My Dream Career I am studying to be an audiologist because of my personal connection to the field. I had amazing audiologists growing up, and I aspire to be a role model for my patients. I hope that by my example I may show them that their hearing loss does not need to define them nor hold them back from p

Mark it with an E: Wonder Woman Pie

Super-Berry Wonder Woman Pie • 3/4 cup sugar • 1/3 cup cornstarch • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 3 1⁄2 cups blueberries • 1 1⁄2 cups raspberries • 1 Tbsp lemon juice • 2 Tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces PLUS: • a favorite pie crust recipe or store-bought crust • a Wonder Woman logo cut-out 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Take a portion of your pie dough and roll it out into a circle 1/8” thick until it is big enough to cover your pie pan. Tuck and trim the edges when putting it in the pan. Place in the fridge. 3. Roll another circle of the same thickness as big as your pan, about 14”. Place that circle on a piece of parchment paper and chill in the freezer. 4. Mix sugar, cornstarch

Overcoming Obstacles: Kasey

HOW does Kasey hear? With her headshot in hand, two adorable Labradoodles, and a hearing aid and cochlear implant! All About Me Hi, I’m Kasey from Duxbury, Massachusetts! I am 10-years-old and will be starting fifth grade this fall. I have one older brother, one younger sister, and two Labradoodles (that’s a labrador + poodle) named Ollie and Finley. My family and I love spending time at the beach, but that’s not all I love to do! I also love reading, swimming, drawing, going to Broadway shows, playing basketball, softball, and volleyball. I even love sloths. My favorite thing of all is acting, and I have been lucky enough to perform in plays, commercials, and movies! Hearing My Way My heari

Sibling Spot: Kennedi and Addison

Meet Kennedi and Addison, siblings from California who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Kennedi, 8, and Addison, 6, both have hearing loss and wear Phonak hearing aids. Together they love to play, craft, and do Lego Robotics. Kennedi: I was diagnosed with moderate/severe hearing loss when I was seven-years-old. My parents told me I was going to get hearing aids, but when I went to school I told my friends I was getting hearing ‘eggs’! It was so funny. Now, I can hear better and pronounce my words better with my hearing aids. I help my little sister Addison by repeating words when she doesn’t hear them, and she helps me, too. Addison: My sister Kennedi is my best friend. We both

Inspiration Station: Cece Bell

“The upshot of being different is that it strengthens our capacity to be empathetic.* We are drawn to others who face their own challenges, and we want to help and support them. I can think of no greater gift!” —Cece Bell, author of El Deafo *Empathetic: the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions #cecebell #eldeafo #inspirationstation #quote #author

Books We Love: El Deafo

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. El Deafo by Cece Bell is a graphic novel based on the author’s life. The main character, Cece, has ordinary kid struggles such as making friends, keeping them, getting good grades, plus much more... but there’s a twist! Cece has bulky hearing aids that stick out of her ears and make her feel self-conscious. Even though the hearing aids make her different, they are also powerful, so she creat