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.