From: Mount Dora, Florida
Due to a family history of hearing loss, Cohen’s parents had him tested on several occasions over the first four years of his life. However, his hearing tests always came back with mixed results. Finally, after a sedated ABR test, Cohen was diagnosed with a bilateral moderate hearing loss and was fit with his first pair of hearing aids.
“I couldn’t hear very well,” says Cohen. “Then I got my hearing aids and could hear all kinds of sounds. There were so many noises I never heard.”
Throughout his experiences with hearing loss, Cohen has always had someone very close to him that he has looked up to.
“My daddy is my role model,” says Cohen. “He plays with me and we have fun. He wears hearing aids like me.”
Today, Cohen is in second grade where he in enrolled in a deaf and hard of hearing program. He goes to speech therapy, uses an FM system in the classroom, and is also using sign language to help him communicate. He has been mainstreamed in math and is working hard to sharpen his speech and language skills.
Cohen also plays basketball in the Mount Dora Parks and Recreation League.
Cohen is a HearStrong Champion because even at a young age, he is an advocate and knows the importance of treating hearing loss.
When asked what his advice is to people who are unsure about seeking treatment for their hearing loss, Cohen says,
“I would like people to know that (hearing loss) affects all kinds of people and there is nothing wrong with them. I want them to know they are special and unique like me. Getting hearing aids will help. Don’t be afraid and do it for you.”
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