Hearing Our Way: Summer 2018

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Contents 4 Things We Love

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6 O vercoming Obstacles

10 Fun & Games 11 Mark it

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Contributors Melanie Paticoff Grossman • Editor in Chief Magazine Design • N-KCreative.com Overcoming Obstacles • Braden Mark it with an E • Evelyn Books We Love • Eva With special thanks to all of our featured H W friends

Dear Readers,

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for summer! The hot weath

, M.S.D.E. Mel Paticoff Grossman Editor in Chief

and maltipoo, Sophie

Look for these symbols throughout the magazine for special tips !

Hearing – Info about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and listening devices Talking – Tips for speech and language Self-Advocacy – Ideas for sharing your hearing loss story with others

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books We L ve: Eva’s Bookshelf

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. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a thrilling book about a girl

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A message from Hearing Health Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure hearing loss and to promote hearing health.

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is not hearing loss that you are born with. It is hearing loss that is caused by loud noise that damages hair cells in your inner ear. If you have unilateral, mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, it is important to take care of the residual hearing that you have. Use these tips to preserve your hearing and help your family and friends prevent noise-induced hearing loss, too! Have you heard that some people are more likely to be exposed to harmful noise than others? Kids and teens are exposed to loud sounds and music at concerts and when listening to music too loud on their devices. Have you heard that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable? Many people listen to their music at maximum volume (105 dB), which is louder than noisy traffic, subway platforms, and table saws. Turn down the volume of your music, especially if using earbuds. Block your ears at concerts and loud events by wearing ear plugs or protective headphones.


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named Meg Murry whose father has gone missing. She goes on an adventure with her friend Calvin and her younger brother Charles Wallace to find her father. Charles is my favorite character because he is so young and naive—his ability to trust helps with the quest. At first Meg feels dependent on her brother and friend, but when Charles makes a wrong turn, it is up to Meg to make the right choice and save him. I recommend this book because it is a journey of self-realization for Meg, who discovers how her faults can become her strengths.

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Paisley and Presley, 8, are twin girls, and little brothers Patton, 3, and Pierson, 2, are 18 months apart! Paisley and Patton r both have hearing loss and wear cochlea implants. Paisley: I’m the older twin! I was born with e a mild to moderate hearing loss and wor hearing aids until I was 3. That’s when my r hearing loss progressed, and I got cochlea I implants. Now I am doing great in school. even made the swim team, where I use my g a twin, but I also love that waterproof implant accessories! I love bein nt than my sister. having cochlear implants makes me differe my brothers are cute and Presley: Paisley always makes me laugh, and cochlear implants makes me feel funny. Having a sister and brother with we can sing and dance together. happy because they can hear music, and ee-months-old and started Patton: I got my hearing aids when I was thr er, my hearing dropped around auditory verbal therapy. Just like my sist my cochlear implant. I love all of my third birthday, and that’s when I got h Paisley. When I got my cochlear my siblings, but I have a special bond wit implant I told her, “I got implant like you !” siblings. I’ve become a great Pierson: I love going to AVT sessions with my t to do everything that talker watching them learn language! I wan ing the Ling 6 sounds ! my big brother Patton does, even repeat and dad chose One Last Word: We’re happy that our mom ton wouldn’t be able to hear cochlear implants because Paisley and Pat us down- it’s a part of our without them. Hearing loss doesn’t slow family that makes us special!

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W rds, W rds, W rds Sweet Tooth

Language can be tricky, especially idioms, which are groups of words or expressions that mean something different than what they say. You might hear the idiom sweet tooth and think that one of your teeth tastes sweeter than the others… nope! Sweet tooth is an idiom that means a person loves desserts, like candy, chocolate, cookies, and ice cream! Like this: “You barely ate your dinner, but you must have a sweet tooth — your dessert is all gone!”


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H W does Braden hear? With a Rubiks cube in hand, his signature hat, and two hearing aids!

All About Me

Hi, I’m Braden from Fort Worth, Texas! I am 11-years-old and just finished 5th grade at Fort Worth Country Day School. I am creative and have LOTS of different hobbies including doing Rubiks cubes, drawing, plus watching AND making YouTube videos, but what I’m proudest of is raising money for people that can’t afford hearing aids.

Hearing My Way

I was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at my newborn hearing screening and was fit with hearing aids when I was just 3 months old. I attend a mainstream elementary school where I use an FM system to help me in the classroom. When I can hear my teachers clearly, it really helps me focus and pay attention better. I always wished I could wear cool headphones like my friends, but now listening to music through the Bluetooth feature on my new Oticon OPN hearing aids is AWESOME !


One day, my dog Chewy got ahold of my second pair of hearing aids… and ate them! My parents sat me down for a talk about being more responsible—I didn’t realize how expensive hearing aids are! They explained that we were lucky to be able to afford another pair, but it made me realize there are people who are not able to afford them. I thought of one of my inspirations, Ellen DeGeneres, who is always giving back to people on her show, and thought, ‘WWED— What would Ellen do?’ Fifteen minutes later, I recorded my first of seven videos to help raise money on GoFundMe. I wear Oticon brand hearing aids and decided that the money raised would go to the Oticon Hearing Foundation that gives out hearing aids to audiologists who do mission trips around

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the world. My original goal was to raise $1,000. We have now raised over $75,000 with a new goal of $100,000!

Talk of the Town

I never expected that starting this fundraiser would lead me to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Being on the show was the coolest experience I will probably ever have in my life! Ellen was just as awesome in person as she is on TV. Everyone made me feel so comfortable because I was SOOO nervous. I was so excited to meet my idol Ellen that I didn’t think getting money for my fundraiser was even an option. It was a great surprise, and I’ve been able to help even more people because of that. Since then, I have had more opportunities to speak about my mission. I gave a TedxYouth talk called, “You Are Never Too Young to Make an Impact,” and my main message was to find your purpose and do something with it! Recently I presented in front of 7,000 kids at WE DAY Texas, a conference that celebrates kids who are involved in mission work not only locally, but globally. There, I met Spencer West, a man with no legs who climbed Mt. Everest on his hands! JUST AWESOME!

Mission Trip

Braden presents the money he raised to Oticon Hearing Foundation.

I had the opportunity to visit Oticon headquarters in Somerset, NJ. There, I met Dr. Kamal Elliott, an audiologist from Pennsylvania. She thought it was really important that I see firsthand what the funds I raised would do for people. We planned a trip to Guatemala for my birthday. I saw someone hear for the first time with their new hearing aids, and Dr. Elliott said, “That’s what we call a ‘hearing smile.’” It was the best birthday gift!

You Can, Too

I would encourage other kids that want to raise money to help people to Go For It! Your voices can be heard. Social media has been a huge help for me. I love to make videos, so that was an easy choice. Make sure that whatever you want to raise money for, you truly believe in. My mom always tells me, “As long as it comes from the heart, that’s what’s most important.” Braden seeing a ‘hearing smile’ in Guatemala.

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The support of my family has been essential to my success. My dad is such a hard worker, and my mom supports my brother Christopher, 13, and me so much in being exactly who we are.

Find Your Purpose

I’ve been able to help people all over the world, and I’m constantly inspired by new people I meet all the time. My best advice is to pay attention to the world around you— you never know when you may be called to serve your purpose… it may even be your dog that leads you there.

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Live Out Loud



A poem by Lindsay Cotterman

Crying the first time you hear the refrigerator buzz because you’ve never heard it before… Receiving bad grades on video quizzes in school because they weren’t captioned… Closing your eyes during yoga and not knowing what the teacher is saying… Hating sleepovers because once the lights go out you can’t hear your friends… Watching others dancing to try to find the rhythm of the song… Saying “what” or “sorry” because you missed what was said… Refusing to wear your hearing aids because you don’t want to be made fun of… Having people think you’re rude or ignoring them when really you didn’t hear them… Pretending you heard something and laughing along because you are afraid to say you didn't hear… Finding people who love you, who will always repeat things for you, who understand you… Making your friends crack up when you hear a completely different sentence than what was said, and laughing along with them… Getting a great night’s sleep through almost anything because you can’t hear without your devices… Having a heightened sense of sight and smell and being more visually observant… Knowing that it will all be okay, even if it feels like it won’t be… Embracing your hearing loss because it is a part of who you are… Never judging a book by its cover because we are all going through something… Finding that you are a stronger person because of the obstacles you have faced… Knowing that at times life with hearing loss can be can be frustrating and difficult, but that you wouldn’t change it for the world…

Lindsay Cotterman is the Head Coach of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Pom Team. Despite having hearing loss, she grew up dancing and cheering all her life.

Meet ! Cathryn My dream career

When I was six, I was diagnosed with a profound sensorineural hearing loss in my right ear—or single-sided deafness. The doctors believe that I was born with hearing loss, but since I have normal hearing in my left ear, I was able to learn to listen and talk. In high school, I received a bone-anchored hearing aid (Baha). It helps me with sound awareness on my right side because it sends the signal to my ‘good ear’. After I received my Baha, I began to think audiology would be a great career path for me. I would be able to relate to my patients and pursue my passion of helping others. I am graduating this month with my doctoral degree from Washington University’s Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS). Once I graduate, I will be joining the Adult Audiology Department at the Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

Early Advocate

In school, it was challenging for me to hear in the back of the classroom or when someone was on my right side. From a young age, my parents helped me learn to overcome these obstacles by advocating for myself. I always make sure to tell my teachers about my hearing loss and position myself so that everyone is on my left side (whenever possible). Today, my Baha helps me hear people on my right side, like when I’m driving, but even with my Baha I still use my self-advocacy skills!

My Summer Treat

Any ice cream with chocolate and peanut butter in it is my favorite!

Learn more about Cathryn’s graduate program in deaf education and audiology:



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This is a draw ing of my dog, Jake. He inspires me to be creative. In the draw ing, he is wearing a football uniform because we love to play football together. I even taught him the word “hike!” He is my ever ything. — Deegan A., 17 years old, Naida cochlear implant, Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program, Michigan

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• Your favorite cake mix • Your favorite royal icing • Your favorite buttercream • Food coloring for ice cream colors • Piping bags or ziploc bags • Piping tips (I used Wilton 1A and Wilton #3) • Parchment Paper • A picture of ice cream (search ice cream decals clipart)

2. The next day, bake your cupcakes as directed.

1. A day in advance of baking, place parchment paper over the ice cream print. Use royal icing to outline the shape of an ice cream cone. Fill in the cone first with a darker color. Let dry for one hour, then fill in the ice cream part with a lighter color. Let harden overnight. 3. When cool, pipe a swirl of buttercream on each cupcake. 4. Using a knife or icing spatula, remove the royal icing ‘decals’ from the parchment paper. Place onto each cupcake. 5. Host a summer get together and enjoy your cupcakes with friends!

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Sophie loves shining a spotlight on amazing kids with hearing loss around the world. Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech wanted to help share Emma’s story with us. To shine a spotlight on someone you know, write to us at info@hearingourway.com!

Emma, 19, is a rising sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts. She was diagnosed with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss at birth, started wearing hearing aids at six-months-old, and attended Clarke Philadelphia at age 3. She was mainstreamed in preschool, but Clarke has been there to support her ever since. They helped explain her hearing aids and FM system to her classmates and teachers and assisted in the IEP process. Now in college, Emma works with her school’s Office of Disability Services to advocate for the accommodations she needs, explain them to her professors, and answer any questions they may have.

Emma fell in love with playwriting when Philadelphia Young Playwrights led a workshop at her school. She was always frustrated by ‘disability stories’ that often featured one-dimensional characters, so she set out to write a play about this on her own terms. She had never written about her hearing loss before, so she found the task daunting* at first. Now, Emma hopes that when audiences see her play, titled What?, they leave with a deeper understanding of the experiences of people with hearing loss. Most importantly, she hopes that they laugh at her play (it is a comedy, after all) and understand that it’s okay to find humor in something like a disability, even though society often tells us otherwise. or intimidating

Puzzle answer: (from top to bottom) strawberry; blackberry; bitten chocolate bar, blue bar


* daunting: overwhelming

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