Hearts for Hearing Welcomes New President & CEO Jennifer Burton

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Burton, a seasoned health care executive with more than 25 years of health care experience as our new President and CEO. Credentialed as an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist, she was also founder and CEO of a rehabilitation company based in Dallas, Texas. Her experience as both an audiologist and […]

What is Tinnitus?

the word tinnitus is spelled out with wooden blocks

Tinnitus is defined as a perception of sound when no external noise is present, most often noticed during quiet activities.

Joanna Smith stepping down at Hearts for Hearing

Hearts for Hearing CEO and co-founder, Joanna T. Smith, is stepping down from her role after a 47-year career serving individuals with communication needs and helping babies and children born deaf learn to listen and talk.

Zoe’s Story

a young girl smiling with a bow in her hair

Mom describes the pregnancy and delivery as nothing out of the ordinary. Looking back, she remembers being comforted by the fact that a nurse mentioned how well Zoe slept that first night – even though other babies were crying all around her.

Nelson’s Story

A young boy in a transformer costume with a hearing aid smiles at the camera.

-year-old Nelson is the baby of his family. It is fair to say that he is doted over by everyone, especially his big sister Shade. Mom tells us Nelson loves the attention his big sister gives – even if it comes by him annoying her – and he’s definitely very good at it. “Still,” says Mom, “Shade is his best friend.” Mom loves hearing the sounds of her children playing or reading together, but at one time, she was not certain it would ever be possible.

Maverick’s Story

Maverick Hunter

Maverick tells us he doesn’t know how to compare himself to his hearing friends because he feels he is the same. When a stranger asks him about his technology, he tells them he was born deaf, that he has cochlear implants, and he needs the processors…

Michael’s Story

Michael Goldbeck smiles in his white coat

Michael was diagnosed with bilateral, profound hearing loss in February of 1998 at 18 months of age. At the time, his family was living in New Mexico however his father had just accepted a faculty position at OU College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. His mom immediately began researching hearing care services in Oklahoma City, and her search led her to Speech-Language Pathologist, Joanna Smith (our founder), who was with an organization that in 2003 became Hearts for Hearing.

Tyler’s Story

Tyler Sams sitting on stairs outside

“Being deaf never really held me back on the court, except during the hottest times of the year,” says Tyler, who recalls, “I did sweat through many Nucleus-5 processors before I started using a waterproof sleeve, which helped.” According to Tyler, the Nucleus-7 handles a lot more sweat than older models, and he’s learned to dry-off his hair more often when playing, and he wears a cap. “He adds, I also keep my hair cut short on the sides and I use toupee tape to help keep processors in place.”

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