Nominated by: Lisa Adams
From: Lafitte, LA
"I don't remember life before my hearing loss," said Matthew. "When I was born, my pediatrician told my mother that I had…a mild hearing loss. (It) progressively got worse until I was four years old. Since then, I have had a moderately severe hearing loss in both ears. My mom took the initiative to have me tested and fitted for device(s) because she wanted me to have the opportunity that every other child has."
"My hearing aids changed my life. Hearing (better) has also given me the opportunity to make friends, to learn, and to not fully rely on others. I have normal relationships just like any other person because of my hearing aids. I go to social events and participate in sports, as well as take my girlfriend out on dates."
"With school and sports in mind, my hearing aids have allowed me to excel in areas that I would not be able to without hearing (well)."
Matthew is a successful student athlete, competing in wrestling and football. A member of the National Honor Society, Matt earned second place in the 2013 Louisiana state wrestling championship.
"I've been able to participate in volunteer work at a gym and, when wrestling ends, I plan to apply for a job in between football."
"Although new hearing aids take (some time) to get used to, you will find you don't even remember you have them in. Don't let the opportunity to get hearing aids pass you up! Many hearing aids can be fitted to be almost invisible to others, so just try them out... you will be surprised how much hearing aids will change your life."
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