From: Windsor, CO
Nominated by: Dr. Natalie Phillips of Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology
When Brayden was born, he experienced Cerebral Hypoxia—or lack of oxygen to the brain. To help him recover, he was given strong medicine that most likely caused him to have hearing loss. Upon failing his newborn hearing screening, Brayden’s family looked for the best solution to treat his hearing loss as soon as possible.
Due to early intervention, Brayden has developed a full range of sounds and speech. If it wasn’t for his visible hearing aids, it would be hard to tell that he has hearing loss at all! Brayden’s family stresses the importance of early intervention and adoption of hearing technology as hearing is very important in early development.
Brayden's hearing loss has become a part of him and it has not held him back! He is a very active student who participates in T-ball, Soccer, Hand Choir, and activities at his local church. He enjoys playing sports and reading books.
His kindergarten teacher, Mrs. VanLeeuwen has been very helpful in Brayden’s success and adapted her teaching style to help him perform at his fullest potential! She uses a Bluetooth Microphone and works with him one on one to ensure he doesn’t miss any important information.
Brayden wears his hearing aids all the time. They are specially designed for kids, so they can withstand his active lifestyle!
Brayden says it is amazing to be able to be a HearStrong Champion, and he is excited to share his experience with other kids!
Through his energy and positive outlook, Brayden will have an impact on many people with and without hearing loss!
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