Champion - Samuel Huguley

Future Firefighter • Student

From: Elgin, Illinois

Experiencing Hearing Loss

Samuel (Sam) was three years old when his mother suspected he might have hearing loss.

"She had to yell to talk to me in the car when I was in my car seat," he shares. "However, when she turned the rearview mirror so I could see her, she could speak normally. She thought I might be reading lips. She was right."

After visiting a specialist, it was confirmed that Sam had hearing loss, and he was later fit with hearing aids.

"Hearing aids helped me in school because I could better understand what the teacher was saying," Sam says. "They especially helped me when I would hear a new word so I could pronounce it correctly when I used it."

Life For Sam

Throughout his life, Sam has always kept his sights set high. In high school he played four different sports, was a teacher’s assistant, and was active in his youth group in church. He also volunteered to help those in need at the Salvation Army Christmas toy and food distribution and local homeless shelters.

For ten years he has helped with Step It Up, an organization that provides new tennis shoes for children at the beginning of the school year. This allows them to walk to school, play at recess, and participate in P.E. or a sport.

Sam is always looking for ways to give back, and he has aspirations to become a firefighter after college.

Why Samuel is a HearStrong Champion

Sam is a HearStrong Champion because of his perseverance. His drive to shatter stigmas surrounding his hearing loss is an inspiration to all.

"I have never in my life let hearing loss stop me from doing anything," Sam says. "I played the sports I wanted to play, I took a foreign language for two years when I could have opted out. Even when things are hard, I push through and do everything I put my mind to. I want to be a firefighter. There aren’t many hard-of-hearing firefighters, but I’m planning to work hard and do what I need to do to reach my goal," he says.

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