From: Mountain Home, AR
Lucas was born with hearing loss; however, he wasn’t diagnosed right away. It wasn’t until he was around four months old that his parents suspected he wasn’t hearing well and had him tested for hearing loss.
Initially, Lucas was learning sign language, but his father noticed he wasn’t making much progress. Today, he wears hearing aids and attends mainstream school—something he believes wouldn’t have been possible if he continued to rely on sign language alone.
Although he faces some communication difficulties at school, he works very hard. In addition to his hearing aids, he reads lips and uses a microphone in the classroom to better understand his teachers.
Lucas’ dad also helps him study and regularly communicates with his teachers to make sure he is getting all the support he needs.
When asked who he biggest role model is, he says, “My dad because he has raised me by himself since I was four years old, and he helps me learn.”
Lucas is very active in his community. He is a member of his church as well as the Boy Scouts of America. At school, he is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the Student Council. He enjoys running cross country and playing saxophone in his school band.
He is also an excellent speller, winning the grade-level spelling be at his school and coming in second in the county spelling bee. This is an incredible accomplishment!
His dad says, “Lucas’ grade has 300 students. In the county spelling bee, he went head-to-head for several final rounds with last year’s winner before ending up in second place.”
Lucas is a HearStrong Champion because he has a stellar work ethic and advocates for others with hearing loss.
“With the help of my hearing aids, I have been able to have as normal a life as possible,” he says. “I have been involved in lots of different activities, and I go to regular classes at school. If someone with hearing loss was unsure about seeking assistance, I would tell them, ‘You should see an audiologist because there might be a solution.’”
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