Dear Sophie: I want to be a teacher of the deaf

Dear Sophie, Hi! My name is Tionna Mitchell, and I am 12-years-old. I live in Halifax County, Virginia. I have a mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss in my left ear. I wear a hearing aid and use an FM system in the classroom. My hearing aid helps me hear most speech sounds that I wouldn’t be able to hear without it. It also helps me to localize sounds and follow general conversations. My FM helps me hear my teacher as well as my classmates during group discussions and activities. My favorite section of Hearing Our Way magazine is PACS Pals. I especially loved Meet Christy from the Winter 2017 issue. Reading Christy’s story encourages me to work with children with hearing loss by becom

Look We Love: Taylor Swift

Emily, 16, cannot imagine life without her cochlear implants, which allow her to enjoy music to the fullest, especially since her favorite artist is Taylor Swift! These Taylor Swift-themed cochlear implant stickers are perfect for the biggest TSwift fans whether you are headed out to her concert or tuning into her new Netflix special at home. #tweet #twitter #taylorswift #tswift #music #concert #reputation #cochlearimplants #bilateralcochlearimplants #netflix

Sophie's Spotlight: Carson

Sophie loves shining a spotlight on amazing kids with hearing loss around the world. To shine a spotlight on someone you know, write to us at! Carson, age 16, is a high school junior from South Hill, Virginia who has one cochlear implant. She loves to spend time with friends and family and has a passion for sports. She plays travel softball every weekend and hopes to earn a college scholarship. Carson used to wear her hair down so people wouldn’t stare at her device, but playing sports has made her more confident about wearing her hair up and showing her cochlear implant to others. She can even laugh about her hearing loss now, like the time when she had the bottom loc

Mark it with an E: Kickin' It Karate Cake Pops

Hi bakers! My name is Evelyn, and welcome to my kitchen. I’m 13-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! Kickin’ It Karate Cake Pops INGREDIENTS 1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared 1 can chocolate frosting 1 bag white candy melts 1 bag cake pop sticks Fondant: karate belt colors INSTRUCTIONS 1. Prepare and bake your chocolate cake. When cool, add cake to a large bowl. 2. Crumble the cake until it resembles fine crumbs. 3. Add in chocolate frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can form a ball, yet still slightly crumbly. Use your hands to mi

Overcoming Obstacles: Gwendylan

HOW does Gwendylan hear? With her karate belt on, a chess piece in hand, and two hearing aids! All About Me Hi, I’m Gwendylan, a 6th grader from Santee, California. I love school, especially my favorite subject, math. I attend a hybrid program; 2 days a week I go to school and the other 3 days I do homeschool with my mom. I have taken piano lessons since I was 7 years old, and I love to play chess with my dad and my friends. I love nature and the outdoors, and I eat a vegan diet! Hearing My Way I was born with 18Q Deletion Syndrome which is a very rare chromosomal disorder. It has many symptoms, but the biggest one for me is hearing loss. I wear bilateral hearing aids and use an FM system at

Sibling Spot: Helena, Camille, Violet, Adrian

Meet four siblings from Oaklyn, New Jersey who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Big sisters Helena, Camille, and Violet do not have hearing loss but love to help little brother Adrian with his cochlear implants. Together they play, sing, and turn everything into a language learning experience! Helena: Even though I am only 11, I have always been like ‘another mother’ to Adrian. My sisters and I go to many of Adrian’s appointments with him and try to be very interactive and involved to help him catch up with his listening and language. Camille: I am 10 years old, and Adrian is like my little best friend. I help him put his cochlear implant processors on in the morning, correct hi

Books We Love: The Water and the Wild

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 Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee is a phenomenal series about an orphan girl named Lottie Fiske. Her best friend Eliot is sick with a disease that has stumped her doctors. Lottie lives near a mysterious apple tree that sends her letters and birthday gifts. One day, she journeys into the special tree, on an adventure to save her friend. If you enjoy books about magic, mystery, and fant

Inspiration Station: Tommy Morrissey

There are no limbits for 7-year-old Tommy Morrissey, the young golfer with one arm who has been seen on Ellen and Little Big Shots. Born missing most of his right arm and hand, Tommy named his small arm ‘Nemo’ after the famous Pixar® character with one small fin. Golfing at Tommy’s age (he started when he was only 1-year-old!) would be incredible enough, but what really makes it exceptional is that he is a kids world champion in golf using only his left arm. Together with his family, Tommy created The unLIMBited Foundation and raises money for kids who need limb corrections by challenging pro golfers to take the One Arm Challenge. #tommymorrissey #unlimbited #nolimbits #nolimits #overcomingo