From: Pittsburgh, PA
Nominated by: The HearStrong Foundation
"I was born profoundly deaf in both ears," said Lisa. "My deafness wasn't diagnosed until I was 14 months old. I have never experienced life without hearing loss. As soon as my deafness was diagnosed, my parents had me outfitted for hearing aids. I've worn them every day since. I got a cochlear implant as an adult. (Hearing loss has) always been a part of me, but just one part."
Today, Lisa is a successful freelance journalist, wife and mother.
"Thanks to my hearing devices and daily speech therapy from 14 months of age through high school, and my parents' decision to raise me to speak and read lips, I'm able to function independently in society," she said. "Having improved speech and being able to hear more sounds makes for a more level playing field."
"I depend on my hearing devices so much that when I take them off, I feel cut off from the world," Lisa explained. "When I got my CI (cochlear implant), I was able to hear more sounds, my speech improved, and I could keep better tabs on my children. For me, it's all about the beauty in the every day. Being able to hear my kids laugh and play in the water makes me feel happy and complete."
"I've been advocating for myself, and others, my whole life. I can show by example that having a hearing loss doesn't mean living a lesser life," said Lisa.
"Life is too short to not fully participate! You're not alone."
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