What do you do when your own son is the first deaf person you have ever met? Erik was born with a profound hearing loss and he received bilateral cochlear implants at twelve months of age. This is a look at his family’s journey into the world of deafness; from silence to sound.
Hear Indiana Honors Patty Spitler at Second Annual Amplifier Awards
By Jennifer Neer, Hear Indiana Board Member
I was nine years old. My sister and I were roller skating on a tennis court and I decided to skate as fast as I could. And I did – I was flying. Until a rope that was holding up the tennis net hit my chest and threw me backwards. I was dizzy, my head hurt bad. I was rushed to the hospital and it was discovered that I had fractured my skull. My ears were ringing, and I was so incredibly tired. I stayed in the hospital for a week and was home from school an additional week. It hurt to brush my hair, I had the ringing in my ears, and I noticed that I wasn’t hearing correctly in my right ear.
By Tony Gigli, Hear Indiana Board Member
Many years ago, an e-mail came to me asking for volunteers at Hear Indiana’s weekend camp at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana. As Josh Wade, Camp Director at the time, remembered at that long ago Friday night check in, “We needed an extra guy. We didn’t know what we were going to do. It’s like you came down from the sky”.