Champion - Marc Fortin

Hockey Star • Role Model

From: Pottageville, Ontario

Early Action

“I was diagnosed with hearing loss prior to grade one,” said Marc. “My teacher recommended to my parents that I have my hearing checked because I was having some trouble and it came back that I had severe hearing loss. I was diagnosed (with hearing loss) so early in life that I really don’t remember what life was like (before treatment). My parents took (my) teacher’s advice, and next thing I knew, I was wearing hearing aids. I went into my first day of first grade with hearing aids and have been wearing them ever since.”

Working Hard

“(With my hearing devices) I’ve done things that maybe some people didn’t think I would be able to do. I got my high school diploma on time. I played hockey in college and in May (2014) I became a college graduate (from the University of Wisconsin—Superior)... I worked at it and accomplished my goals. Now, I will be a productive member of society and along the way continue to wear hearing aids.”

Playing Hard

A life-long hockey player, Marc never allowed his hearing difficulties to define him or hold him back.

“I can tell you that for years I never told my hockey coaches that I had hearing loss because I didn’t want them to treat me any different (from my teammates). In college, I didn’t tell my coach-he found out from one of my teammates after I wasn’t responding to him. Once he found out that had hearing loss, he worked harder to make sure that I was hearing everything he was saying and fully understood what he wanted me to do.”

Why Marc is a HearStrong Champion

“If you suspect that you have an issue, go get checked and get help as soon as possible. There are a lot more sounds out there in the world that you are missing out on. Getting help is only going to help you moving forward. Both in and out of the classroom, being able to hear helped my development as a child and a man. Better hearing helped me graduate from high school, graduate from college, and play a lot of hockey along the way.”

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