Hi! My name is Drew. I am 15-years-old, and I’m from Valley Stream, New York. I have a high frequency hearing loss in both ears. This means I have trouble hearing speech sounds like /s/, /f/, and th without my hearing aids. When I was 3-years-old, I had cancer. Now, I am better! My hearing loss started because of my chemotherapy treatment. The doctors found my hearing loss after they did a BAER (brainstem auditory evoked response) test. This measures how your brain processes the sounds that you hear. I’ve been wearing bilateral hearing aids since I was 4-years-old, and I use an FM system in school.
My favorite Overcoming Obstacles story from Hearing Our Way was about Jordan, the college student interning at Southwest Airlines, who wants to be a pilot. My dream job is to become a pilot with Delta Airlines. I want to go to college in Atlanta, Georgia because that is where the Delta Headquarters is located. I want to be a pilot because I love to travel, and I want to be able to take my family all over the world. My favorite place to travel is Atlanta, not only because of the Delta Headquarters, but also because my favorite football team is the Atlanta Falcons. Go Falcons!