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 have hearing aids, and we both have our ears pierced! I love doing arts and crafts with my sister. When I grow up, I want to be an artist. I do not need to hear to draw things I love.
Kennedi: When I grow up, I want to be an engineer so I can build new and exciting things. My sister and I are in Lego Robotics together. My hearing loss does not affect my ability to participate—I just work extra hard!
One Last Word: We both have hearing loss, so we understand each other. We help each other with our new hearing aids and support each other with our dreams of art and engineering. We are learning sign language as a family, and our favorite sign is ‘I love you.’
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