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Contributors Melanie Paticoff • Editor in Chief Julie Rosenthal • Featured HOW Teen Valorie Johnson • Creative Contributor N-KCreative.com • Magazine Design

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©2014 Sophie’s Tales, LLC. All rights reserved. Hearing Our Way is published quarterly and is a publication of Sophie’s Tales, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sign up to receive a complimentary subscription for households, offices, and schools at www.HearingOurWay.com. For promotional opportunities, change of address, or other customer service, contact info@hearingourway.com. All comments and suggestions received by Hearing Our Way become the sole property of Hearing Our Way and may be used without compensation or acknowledgement. Hearing Our Way disclaims liability for any losses or damages that may result from using information in this magazine.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Hi, I’m Julie. I’m 17-years-old and a senior in high school. I love to listen to music and go to concerts. I live on Long Island, a few minutes away from New York City.

I’ve been lucky to have mostly good experiences with my hearing loss, but there have been a few bumps along the way. Mostly it’s little things, like noisy situations when I can’t hear or understand what’s going on, and I need to advocate for myself. One difficult experience I had was in elementary school, when I couldn’t go on the plastic playground slides because of static with my cochlear implants. I was lucky that my parents, IEP team, and I were able to get a metal slide on the playground instead.

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I was diagnosed with hearing loss and got my hearing aids when I was 2-years old. My family learned about a special school in St. Louis, Missouri that could teach me to listen and speak. We moved there, and I’ve been talking ever since! My hearing loss was progressive, and I was profoundly deaf by the age of 6. That’s when I received my first cochlear implant and headed back to my mainstream school in New York. I got my second cochlear implant at the age of 11—I love being bilateral!

Another tricky situation was in the middle school cafeteria, which was so noisy that I couldn’t hear my friends. I tried to bring my FM system to lunch, but it was still just too loud. I was able to go to a smaller room to eat lunch with a few friends. We named it ‘Quiet Lunch,’ but we never let it get too quiet! I’m glad I spoke up and didn’t spend the whole year in a place I couldn’t hear.

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When people ask about my cochlear implants, I just tell them that I’m hearing impaired, I’m deaf, or I have hearing loss, and that I wear two cochlear implants to help me hear. I’m happy to explain it to them and raise awareness. Hearing loss is a part of who I am, but it doesn’t define me. It’s one small piece of me. It’s not something that I brag about, and it’s not something I’m ashamed of. It’s something that I’m open about.

My favorite accessory is the personal audio cable that goes directly from my iPod to my cochlear implant. It’s such a clear connection, and it’s my favorite way to listen to music. One accessory that I just started using is the Lark vibrating alarm wristband. It vibrates to wake me up. I plan to take it to college next year. Unlike my old bed shaker, the Lark is modern, cool-looking, and won’t scare my roommate!

Fun with Friends I have friends with hearing loss all over Long Island and even around the country. I’ve been best friends with Mallory, who has bilateral cochlear implants like me, ever since we attended school together in St. Louis. It’s important to have someone to talk to who knows what I’m going through. I also attend a support group for teens with hearing loss. We bond over musical activities, and I’ve made really good friends through the group.

My Role Model I love Demi Lovato’s music and her story. She had to overcome some really big obstacles by facing them head on and becoming a better person. She didn’t give up when things got hard. She taught me to be willing to change things that aren’t going right. I love her motto, #StayStrong !

Words of Wisdom Don’t give up. Always stand up for yourself. Be a good self-advocate and keep building that skill over time. It’s the best way to achieve your goals and overcome your obstacles.

Share your story of Overcoming Obstacles and you may be featured in Hearing Our Way ! E-mail: info@hearingourway.com

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