Sophie's Spotlight on Veda

Veda, age 8, is a third grader from Montpelier, Virginia who hears with two cochlear implants. When she was born, she was diagnosed with a mild/moderate hearing loss, but her hearing loss progressed and by age 6, she was profoundly deaf. Veda uses Total Communication, both talking and signing, to communicate. Even though she has bilateral cochlear implants, Veda sometimes misses out on things. In school she relies on an educational interpreter to help fill in those missing gaps in the classroom. Veda is the only kid who is profoundly deaf in her school. Her family wanted the school to make an ASL club (American Sign Language). Now Veda’s interpreter runs the club, and Veda is the helper! Ved

DIY: Hearing Device Decorations

DIY: Hearing Device Decorations Raina’s mom, Morgan, loves to decorate her hearing aids for every season. Get your hearing technology ready for summer with your own design! Materials: ✏ a pencil ❏ paper ✄ scissors ❍ stickers or washi tape 1. Trace the shape of your hearing device onto a piece of paper. 2. Cut out the hearing device shape. This will be your rough template. 3. Choose your favorite sticker or washi tape. Washi tape happens to be the perfect width for hearing aids. If using a sticker, solid colors or tiny patterns work best. 4. Use the paper template from step 2 to trace the hearing device shape onto the sticker. Cut out the sticker. 5. Trim the sticker to size. Be sure not to

PACS Pals - Tali

My Dream Career My dream is to be a cochlear implant audiologist. I would love to be a mentor to my patients, someone who can relate to the social and emotional aspects of hearing loss, while also being able to provide the best audiological care that I can. While I don’t have a cochlear implant myself, I did grow up with a mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss and wear hearing aids. In fact, I still remember the day I walked into kindergarten with my new hearing aids at the same moment my best friend walked in with her new glasses! Tips & Tricks The best tip I can give is to get comfortable advocating for yourself. No one can read your mind. Only you know the best way for you to hear.

Mark it with an E: Fla-Mango Cupcakes

Fla-Mango Vanilla Cupcakes CUPCAKES 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1⁄4 cup coconut flavored yogurt (or plain/vanilla yogurt) 3/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla BUTTERCREAM: • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature • 1⁄2 cup mango puree (see notes**) • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2–4 cups icing sugar (see notes***) Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter with the sugar. Add the egg, yogurt, milk

OO Update: Braden

Do you remember last summer’s awesome Hearing Our Way interview with Braden Baker, the 10-year-old who has raised $100,000 for kids in need of hearing aids? Ms. Stiene’s class from Long Island, New York loved that issue of Hearing Our Way so much that they wanted to learn more about Braden. They exchanged letters and even had a Skype call with Braden! He sent lots of goodies to the students, like Find Your Purpose sweatshirts and books about his story. Way to go, Braden and friends! #bradenbaker #theellenshow #ellendegeneres #skateboard #longisland #newyork #skype #hearingloss #hearingaids #findyourpurpose

Overcoming Obstacles: Sofia

HOW does Sofia hear? With her passport in hand, a chocolate bar to enjoy, and one hearing aid and one cochlear implant! All About Me Hi, I’m Sofia! I am 24-years-old and a senior at University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). I am studying chemistry and entrepreneurship. I came to the USA four years ago as an international student from Venezuela. Hearing My Way I started to lose my hearing when I was 11-years-old. I began to wear two hearing aids, and that helped me for a long time. By the time I was 23 though, my left ear had lost so much hearing that the hearing aid wasn’t helping anymore. I knew it was time for a cochlear implant, but in my country, the surgery is very, very expensive. I

Sibling Spot: Carly, Emma, and Molly

Meet three sisters from Albany, New York who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun! Big sister Carly, 8, does not have hearing loss but when her younger sisters Emma, 6, and Molly, 1, were diagnosed with hearing loss, they inspired Carly to start a non-profit called Lemon(aids), sewing plush lemons and selling them to raise money for hearing aids! Carly: My sisters are both fun and goofy—I just love them so much! I am really happy that they have hearing aids and can hear. I don’t like when they can’t hear me. My hope for the future is that hearing aids are not so expensive and that everyone can hear. That’s why I started making Lemon(Aids) to raise money for kids who need hearing ai

Books We Love: StarGirl

Eva is an 11-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. StarGirl by Jerry Spinelli is about a girl who calls herself StarGirl and how she changes her high school. Her small town was as normal as could be until she came. She was instantly noticed with her different clothes, pet rat, and how she even knew everyone’s birthday! Soon, she was popular and an inspiration to all, but as quickly as it started she was the black sheep again. So StarGirl c

Movies We Love: Creed 2

Jaida is a 16-year-old girl from Brooklyn, New York. She has a unilateral hearing loss in her left ear. In the school setting, she utilizes a Roger Focus to help her hear her teachers more clearly. She enjoys watching movies she can relate to, reading novels, practicing yoga, and learning about other kids’ experiences with hearing loss in Hearing Our Way! The movie Creed 2 (PG-13), directed by Steven Caple, Jr., features a character named Bianca who has a bilateral progressive hearing loss. Although her hearing loss is not a major storyline in the movie, it is highlighted in a few ways throughout the film. It was amazing to see someone like me represented on the big screen. In one part of th