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Meet Francisco and Nicolas, siblings from University of Miami Ear Institute who never let hearing loss get in the way of fun !

Heard It Through the Grapevine

Francisco is 8 years old, has single-sided hearing loss, and wears a hearing aid. His older brother Nico is 10 years old and does not have hearing loss. Together they love to play field hockey, listen and talk, and draw pictures together, like this self-portrait of Francisco!

Francisco: My brother Nico is very talented, strong, and fast, and he is always there to help me. Nico always makes sure I’m safe and protects me from bullying. He makes sure I hear all of the directions in big noisy places like birthday parties. I love him so much! kname n ic

Nico: Our relationship is very good. I always try to cheer Franchu up when he is sad or frustrated because of his hearing loss. I help him when we meet new people by telling them to make sure that he is listening and explain that he is not ignoring them. I try to be patient and not get mad because I know he has hearing loss and is trying his best.

Francisco: I like playing field hockey with Nico, but sometimes my hearing loss affects me when I don’t hear my coach. My brother is always there to help me. Sometimes when I don’t hear him I get frustrated, or he believes that I’m ignoring him. Then, Nico remembers that it’s because of my hearing loss, and he gets closer and looks at me when he is talking so I can hear him better. One Last Word: We want a safe world where everyone is kind and understanding to each other. We hope that hearing aids keep getting better to help Francisco and all of the children with hearing loss who need help to hear, too.

Hearing loss is part of the whole family. Share your story with info@hearingourway.com

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 heard it through the grapevine, and think it has to do with fruit or wine... nope! I heard it through the grapevine means you heard a rumor indirectly. An example is: “I don’t remember how I found out DNCE is opening for Selena Gomez this summer. I just heard it through the grapevine.” Did you know lots of songs feature idioms? Check out the “oldie but goodie” Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye.


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All About Me

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I’m a 16-year-old sophomore in high school from Wilmore, Kentucky. I like to sing, play guitar and piano, and… eat! This year I had the amazing opportunity to be a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

My Hearing Loss Story

I was diagnosed with a moderate to severe hearing loss after I didn’t pass my newborn hearing screening. At first it was hard for my mom to accept the news about my hearing loss, but I kept failing my hearing tests and didn’t respond when she called my name, so eventually I got my first pair of hearing aids at age 2½. With a few speech classes, a great mainstream school, and my mom’s help along the way, I was able to develop strong speech and listening skills.

Finding My Voice

With time, I started showing a lot of music appreciation watching the choir sing at church. My mom noticed that I had good pitch and rhythm. She is usually not the type of mom to push, but by second grade she encouraged me to face my fears and sing. It really set me free, leading me to singing competitions, playing piano, and writing my own music by middle school. By high school I decided to audition for The Voice in Chicago. I auditioned for Season 9, which was a fun, positive experience, but the producers didn’t think I was quite ready. Just a month later I was asked to come to a private audition for Season 10, which led to an audition in Los Angeles and the blind audition. It has been a phenomenal experience, with amazing


staff and contestants who have become my friends. Of course I’ve had a few challenges on the show, such as asking people to repeat themselves or trying to hear the musical director while the loud music is playing, but overall my hearing loss has not been a big challenge while being on The Voice.

Band of Brothers

My brothers have grown up with me, and they understand my hearing loss better than anyone else. They know I can’t hear in certain situations so they repeat for me. My brothers are super patient, and it never bothers them when I ask what they said. If I miss something in conversation, they’ll lean over and fill me in by whispering into my hearing aid microphone.

Overcoming Obstacles

Growing up I didn’t always want people to know I had hearing loss, so sometimes I acted like I understood when I actually hadn’t heard them. I would say generic answers like “sure” or “okay,” but many times these responses didn’t make any sense. People would look at me funny or say, “What? That’s not what I asked.” If I did ask them to repeat themselves, sometimes two or three times, they would repeat it the same way as before, when I needed them to speak louder or clearer or say it in a different way. Now, I feel much more comfortable with the way I am and ask people to repeat for me every time I don’t understand something. I don’t think I’d want to change my hearing loss even if I could because this is who I am.

Hearing Loss Gear

Over the years, I’ve used different hearing accessories. In school I used an FM System that my teachers wore around their neck.

It really helped me hear everything they said. It sometimes led to some joking around, such as when they would walk out of the room and keep talking while wearing it… until I said, “I can still hear you!” For sports, sweat guards from EarGear were huge for me when I played track, cross country running, and basketball. I also like using Bluetooth hearing aids that connect to the phone and TV. My mom can listen to the TV at a softer volume, but I can turn the volume up on my hearing aids. I also use a dry-aid at night to keep my hearing aids clean and dry.

That’s Just the Way I Hear

When I was younger, kids would ask, “What’s that in your ear?” or even come up and try to touch my hearing aids! It can get tiring to keep explaining my hearing loss over and over again, but it is worth it to spread awareness and help people understand. I just tell them that they are hearing aids, and they help me hear. I want to be treated normally, and explaining my hearing loss helps that happen!


I would love to continue songwriting, have my own album, and tour the world singing and performing. My goal is to continue doing what I love and be an inspiration to anyone who feels different. I want them to know that yes, we are different… and what a cool thing that is! We’re not like everyone else, and I think about that in a good way. My advice is to take that and run with it—let it be the fuel to your fire, and never let it stop you from pursuing your dreams. I never let my hearing loss stop me from doing what I love; I’m different, and I’m proud. I have nothing to hide.

Share your story of Overcoming Obstacles!

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Hi bakers! My name is Evelyn, and

welcome to my kitchen. I’m 12 years old, I have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid, and I live in Canada. I’m here to share my love of baking with you, so whip out your spatula, and let’s get cooking!

Wacky Watermelon Cupcakes Vanilla Cake: 1 ½ cups unsalted butter 3 cups granulated sugar 1 ½ tsp vanilla 6 eggs

1 ½ cups milk 3 ¾ cups flour 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp baking powder

¾ tsp salt Red food coloring Chocolate chips (for the seeds)

Preheat oven: 350 degrees.

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1. Line cupcake tray with cupcake liners. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and mix together. 3. I n a different bowl, cream your butter, sugar, and vanilla with your mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (approx. 8 to 10 minutes). 4. Add two eggs at a time to the sugar mixture and mix until blended.

— TIPS — As an alternative, you can buy cake mix, add chocolate chips, and dye it red. You can buy frosting and/or fondant from your local grocery store. If using an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment for both the buttercream and cake batter. If you don’t have decorating bags and/or tips, you can use a zip lock bag and cut a hole in it. I used tip #1A from Wilton. To prevent your hands from getting sticky when using the fondant, powder your hands with icing sugar. Wear disposable gloves to prevent food coloring from staining your hands.


5. Now add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk. 6. Slowly add red food coloring to the batter until you get a watermelon color. 7. Mix in the chocolate chips. 8. Fill your cupcake liners about halfway and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. 9. Cool completely.

Buttercream: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 Tablespoon vanilla 3 to 4 cups icing sugar, sifted

¼ tsp salt Up to 4 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream Lime green food coloring

1. In an electric or hand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. 2. Turn your mixer to low speed and add 3 cups of icing sugar until mixed well. 3. N ow turn your mixer up to medium speed and add the vanilla, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk or cream and mix for about 3 minutes. 4.

If you don’t like the consistency of your icing, add more icing sugar to make it thicker or more milk/cream to make it thinner.

5. Add lime green food coloring and mix.

Marshmallow Fondant: 2 cups mini marshmallows 2 cups icing sugar, plus extra for kneading

1 tablespoon water Food coloring: Green, black, and red

1. Dust your work space with some icing sugar. 2. In a large microwaveable bowl, add the marshmallows and water.

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3. Microwave on high for 1 minute until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded. 4. Stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. 5. Add the icing sugar and stir with your spatula until it becomes impossible to stir anymore.

Knead: to press

6. Take the mixture out of the bowl and knead it on the surface and shape dough covered with icing sugar until it reaches play-doh-like consistency. with your hands 7. Split into four balls: the red one will be the largest, the green will be the second largest, the white (no food coloring needed) will be the third largest, and the black will be the smallest. 8. Make the balls into disk-like shapes & add food coloring. 9. Wrap each ball in cling wrap and store in fridge until ready to use.

Decorating: 1. Take the buttercream and put it in a decorating bag with a large circle tip and pipe a swirl going upwards on your cupcakes. 2. Take the red fondant, knead it until soft. 3. On the icing sugar surface, roll out fondant about half of an implant battery thick.

Growing up with hearing loss, I spent a lot of time at the audiologist, and more often than not, it wasn’t my favorite place to be. It wasn’t until I was older that I met an audiologist who wore hearing aids… just like me! I was intrigued, asked a million questions during our appointment, and was inspired to enroll in an intro to audiology class, which I LOVED! Now I am an audiology student at Washington University School of Medicine doing my first practicum in an audiology clinic.

Finding my v ice

When I was younger, I used to be shy, and it took a lot of courage to speak up for myself when I couldn’t hear. I learned that instead of hiding my hearing loss I needed to tell people about it. I was surprised to find out how accommodating and supportive everyone was once they understood. Now, I always advocate for myself when I can’t hear.

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4. With a circle cutter about 3" wide, cut out a few circles. 5. Take a sharp knife and cut 4 triangles (kind of like cutting a cake). 6. Roll out the green fondant a bit thinner and take the circle cutter and cut out a few circles. 7. With a a smaller circle cookie cutter, cut out the middle of the circle so you are left with an outer ring. 8. Make a cut in that outer ring to make it one long line. 9. Do the same thing with the white fondant, but start with the smaller cookie cutter and then take an even smaller circle cutter to cut the middle circle. 10. Take a tiny bit of the black fondant, roll it up with your fingers, then pinch it making a tiny circle. Make a lot of the small black dots. 11. Now we can assemble the watermelon using water as “glue.” 12. Take the red triangle on the curved side. Take the green strip and lay it on the curved side of the red triangle as the outside. Take the white strip and put it on the inside. Place about 3 to 6 black dots anywhere on the red part. 13. Put the watermelon on your iced cupcakes and you’re done!

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My name is Analia, and I am four-years-old. I love to paint, color, play outside, ride my bike, and have fun. I have bilateral cochlear implants and moved from Miami to Atlanta to go to a special school to learn to listen and talk. How can I use my passion for art to inspire other kids with hearing loss to love their ears, too?


Dear Analia , Wow! It sounds like you have a special family that really wants to help you learn. I’m so glad you love your cochlear implants—I love mine, too! Did you know that you can share your artwork with lots of kids and teens with hearing loss through Hearing Our Way? Just send in your painting, coloring, or drawings, and we’d love to feature your hearing loss artwork in the magazine. I think you’ll inspire lots of other kids to find creative ways to show off their ears, too!

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