Be Hear 4 Ryan!
Join our team and walk with us!! October 16th at the Navy Yard. 10:00 AM - hope to see you there!
When Ryan was born he spent his first days in the NICU where he took several hearing tests. The nurses at Virtua were so patient and gave him the opportunity to get tested multiple times. His left ear passed, but his right ear continuously failed. We scheduled a follow up ABR test (Auditory Brainstem Response) with CHOP 2 months later and that's when our lives changed forever. On October 4, 2019 Ryan was diagnosed with moderate to severe Sensorineural/Mixed unilateral hearing loss. We are beyond thankful for Ryan's left ear which is completely normal.
Ryan has had his hearing aid since May 27, 2020 and is learning ASL and spoken language. He is picking up new words and new signs everyday! As a family, we are learning about all of the available resources and taking advantage of them. Ryan's Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is from New Jersey's Early Intervention program and has helped educate us on Ryan's disability. She is wonderful and has given us so much support.
We're so thankful for our friends and family who have Ryan's back. Let's walk for B Ry!
1 in 6, about 15%, or 48 million people – no matter how you look at it, there is a large amount of people in the United States who are living with some degree of hearing loss. Today’s society continues to get louder - with construction, traffic, sporting events, concerts, even lawnmowers and leaf blowers - and it’s affecting our hearing health.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss and to show them they do not have to face it alone.
Hearing loss is permanent, but people with hearing loss can, and do, live rich and fulfilling lives. I want to help make it a little easier for them to do so. It starts right here in my own community with generous people like you, who are willing to step up and support me.
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