Champion - Ian Hanson

Student • Athlete

From: Geneva, IL

Nominated By: Eliza Peters, HearStrong Champion

Early Treatment

“I was born with a hearing loss in both ears,” said Ian.

“I was diagnosed with my hearing loss at age four, but before then, my parents noticed I would talk loudly and I would say, ‘huh?’ all of the time. (They) were concerned I had a hearing issue and had my hearing tested.”

Performing Well

“My hearing aids have helped me get better grades in school. When wearing my hearing aids, I’m able to hear my friends better so they don’t have to keep repeating themselves.”

Surpassing Expectations

“When I was in elementary school, I was told by my hearing itinerant that I shouldn’t ever take a foreign language class because I wouldn’t do well. In middle school, I decided to take Spanish anyway. To her surprise, my hearing aids helped me to do very well. I plan on taking more Spanish classes in high school.”

Why Ian is a HearStrong Champion

“I feel like my hearing aids have helped make my life a lot easier. I don’t let my hearing loss stop me from doing things other kids would do, like playing sports and having lots of friends. I think anyone with a hearing loss can still do many things.”

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