Inspirational Six-Year-Old Receives Gift of a Lifetime and Pledges to Keep Advocating Hearing Better

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:57:43 EST

Syracuse, NY (October 21, 2014)—On October 17, the HearStrong Foundation celebrated six-year-old Chloe Stark of New York City as a HearStrong Champion amongst hearing healthcare professionals at an industry event co-hosted by EarQ, the foundation’s main sponsor, and Siemens at the manufacturer’s US headquarters in Piscataway, NJ.

Photo: Ed Keller, founder of the HearStrong Foundation and president of EarQ, presents Stark with a brand new skateboard

Diagnosed with profound hearing loss as an infant, Chloe received cochlear implants at the age of two. Shortly after, she began attending the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in New York City to help advance her language and communication skills. Chloe was a star student who far surpassed her developmental milestones and graduated with flying colors.

Today, Chloe is excelling in mainstream kindergarten and is not shy about teaching others about her hearing loss or devices. An aspiring skateboarder, Chloe is determined to not allow her hearing difficulties keep her from achieving any goal.

To help support her passion, HearStrong teamed with the Girls Riders Organization (GRO) and Sector 9 to present Chloe with a custom skateboard and an opportunity to train with some of the most accomplished women in the sport at GRO’s New York City location.

“Chloe truly epitomizes what it means to be a HearStrong Champion,” said Clifford Carey, communications director of EarQ. “Her enthusiasm for chasing her goals and teaching others about the value of hearing better is not only admirable, but can have a huge impact on how her friends, classmates, and teachers view hearing loss.”

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