The HearStrong Foundation to Honor Appleton Woman as a HearStrong Champion

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:30:00 EST

On June 14th at 10 a.m., The HearStrong Foundation will honor Colleen Van Rooy as a HearStrong Champion at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kimberly, WI.

As someone who proudly wears her hearing devices and is very active in her community, Van Rooy epitomizes the definition of a HearStrong Champion. Van Rooy was diagnosed with hearing loss as a toddler and has worn hearing devices ever since. She was nominated to the foundation by Stephanie Long, Au.D., of About Better Care Audiology in Appleton.

“My hearing loss never stopped me from continuing my education,” said Van Rooy. “I don’t see my hearing loss as a disability - I think it’s a gift. I have had many people come to me for advice about hearing loss and assistive devices, and I encourage them to get tested because it will change their life."

Colleen Van Rooy

As the cornerstone of the foundation, HearStrong Champions are the men, women and children who refuse to let hearing loss prevent them from achieving their goals and inspire others to live their lives to the fullest.

“By celebrating HearStrong Champions like Colleen, we hope to shatter the social stigmas surrounding hearing loss and help spread hearing loss awareness,” said Ed Keller, founder of The HearStrong Foundation.

To learn more about Colleen, click here.

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