From: Pea Ridge, AR
“I was born deaf,” said Chelsey. “When I was two, I received my first cochlear implant. I received my second cochlear implant when I was two-and-a-half years old. I'm happy my parents (decided to make this technology available to me) because I am lucky now to hear like other people.”
“Being able to hear has helped me to better understand people. I have lots of friends. I have to explain how my cochlear implants work to my friends so they understand why (they) are so important to me. My friends help me at school when bullies try to take my cochlear implants away. My friends stick up for me. If I did not have (my) implants, I would not have the same friends that I have now because we wouldn’t be able to (clearly communicate with one another). But because I can hear, this is not a problem.”
“I can listen to people in lots of different places. I am currently on A&B Honor Roll and am in band (Chelsey plays the flute), basketball and track at school. My hearing loss does not slow me down.”
Proud of how much she’s accomplished, Chelsey is quick to encourage others who may be experiencing hearing difficulties to take action.
“Going to get help for your hearing loss is easy. It is not something to worry about.”
“I (want) to help other people with hearing loss. I really like meeting people who (utilize hearing technology) because they are like me and they understand what it is like to have hearing loss. HearStrong Champions are all people who are successful even though they have hearing loss. They did not let hearing loss slow them down, and neither do I.”
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