From: Makawao, HI
“At first, I was unsure about my ability to inspire others in overcoming hearing loss, but my audiologist told me I was her inspiration for success with cochlear implants.”
After the most powerful hearing aids available couldn’t help anymore, Mark’s audiologist suggested that he go “bionic.” He now wears Advanced Bionics Naida Q70, which has helped his life immensely.
“When I was seven years old, I had a massive infection, and when the fever finally broke, the doctors noticed that I wasn’t responding to sounds.”
Mark recalls how his grandparents were his biggest support system; they always wanted him to have a normal life despite his hearing loss.
Hearing better has created the most positive relationships personally and professionally. Mark continues to be more independent and assertive, and communication with his colleagues has become easier.
Mark’s now ready and willing to inspire others through his story. If he could give any advice to anyone hesitating about getting treatment, he would say, “Go for it! Hearing, next to sight, is so important.”
After experiencing sudden hearing loss at the age of 7, Mark continues to stay active in his community and advocate those with hearing loss. He states that he would be honored to share his story and inspire those with hearing loss. Now, as a HearStrong Champion, he can help even more people.
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