Sophie's Spotlight on Owen

Owen, 7, lives in Minnesota in a gray house in the country with his mom, dad, older brothers Holden and Chase, two dogs, one cat, and a beta fish. Owen is an avid sports fan whose favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and Luverne Cardinals. When Owen was born, he had normal hearing, but when he was just a baby, he had a high fever and rode on a helicopter to the hospital. After the fever, he couldn’t hear anymore. He went to the Mayo Clinic and got two cochlear implants. Sometimes kids ask Owen, “What are those things on your ear?” He tells them how cochlear implants help him hear, and that there are magnets inside his head and parts he wears on his ears. Owen works with

PACS Pals: Amanda

Hearing My Way My mild/moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss was discovered during my first routine hearing check in school. Little did I know that being called down to the nurse’s office in kindergarten would lead me to a future career in audiology! I want to work with kids to make sure they have the hearing technology and accommodations they need to succeed in the classroom. Overcoming Obstacles Growing up, I was always very athletic and played on a competitive softball team for over 10 years. Wearing a batting helmet with my hearing aids proved to be a challenge over the years. The helmets fit tightly over my ears, causing a lot of feedback from my hearing aids. I brought my hel

Mark it with an E: I Donut Want Winter to End

I Donut Want Winter to End 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda teaspoon nutmeg 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs, room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup whole milk, room temperature GLAZE: • 1 cup icing sugar • 2 Tablespoons milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • Blue gel food coloring Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush donut pan with butter. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on high unt

Overcoming Obstacles: Faith

HOW does Faith hear? With her Elsa-style braid, a microphone in hand, and two hearing aids! All About Me Hi, I’m Faith, a 10th grader from Midland, Texas. I am a self-proclaimed type-A, ambitious 16-year-old who loves being involved in my local community. I am part of my church’s youth group, choir, and youth band. In school, I am on the tennis team, in honor band, and class secretary. My favorite things to do are write and make music. Hearing My Way I received my hearing loss diagnosis when I was 13-years-old. For two years before my diagnosis, I suffered from constant ear infections, sinus infections, and colds. I knew that I had temporary hearing loss due to the fluid in my ears. Once I w

Sibling Spot: Jesse and Sibs

Meet five siblings from Minnesota who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Older siblings Hannah, Moriah, Isaac, and Hali do not have hearing loss, but love to support their little brother, Jesse, who has a mild hearing loss and uses an Oticon Star FM system in his right ear to help him hear. Hannah: Sometimes I have to repeat things I say to Jesse, but hearing loss doesn’t affect our relationship. We love playing cards, basketball, and watersports together. Moriah: Jesse is such a fun and very active kid. We play kickball, tag, catch, and hide and seek together. Isaac: My siblings and I are very close. We have fun no matter what we are doing, from cleaning the house to playing spor

Books We Love: Upside Down Magic

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. Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins is an enchanted, fantastic, and exciting series about a girl named Nory who has magic powers that don’t always work out. She goes to a special school to help her learn ‘upside down magic.’ I read the first two books in the series and couldn’t put them down—I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to find out what

Inspiration Station: Gaten Matarazzo

“I have Cleidocranial Dysplasia (CCD), but I want people to know that having a disability is not something you should be ashamed of or afraid of showing. I actually think having CCD helped me in my career. I was small for my age, which helped me land roles in theater. It has become a positive thing that makes me stand out.” —GATEN MATARAZZO, star of Stranger Things, has a disorder that affects the development of the bones and teeth. It can make people appear younger than they actually are. When Gaten landed the role of Dustin on Stranger Things, the producers actually wrote the disorder into his character’s role. This has raised awareness about the rare condition, and Gaten has been able to

Musical We Love: Frozen

Just can’t let your love of Frozen go? Then head to New York City to see Disney’s Frozen, the Broadway musical. From the story we all know and love, to brand new music, to incredible set design, to lots of sisterly love, you’ll melt for this spin on the hit movie. Best of all, the same message we love from Frozen rings true in the new show: never hide your magic. What makes you different makes you amazing! Hearing Tip: When you arrive at the theatre, ask about the I-Caption digital devices, individual receivers that display audio description (captioning). #musical #broadway #closedcaptioning #opencaptioning #captioning #hearing #listening #auditory #hearingaid #