Group Therapy Student Spotlight: Easton

Hearts for Hearing Blog

young smiling boy wearing hearts for hearing branded hard hat while sitting inside bulldozer bucket

“Hi! My name is Micah but everyone calls me Easton. I’m pretty quiet at school but no where else. I like to play sports things and with cars, trains and play-doh. I don’t like crafty thing as much (like cutting and glue) but sometimes it will hold my attention. The only extra-curricular activity I have done so far is tap dancing but I really love sports so I hope to start trying some things this year.

My greatest strength is probably my willingness to participate in whatever is asked of me. I also have a few new talents I can do now that I could not do before, like sitting criss-cross applesauce and I can wiggle my toes! (These may seem small to some people but for me, they are my newest skills. I just had Selective Doesal Rhizotomy and stayed at the Bethany Children’s Center for a whole month. Recovery was supposed to take even longer than it has taken me but I’m just awesome like that.) I want to start the year with all the same help I got last year but I’m sure as the year goes on I’ll be more and more independent. I’m motivated by high fives (clapping might make me a little shy but a high five makes me part of the celebration).

My mom says her ultimate dream for me is that I will grow up with Jesus being my best friend but her other short term or secondary goals are that I would be able to physically participate in anything I want to and nothing would hold me back. When it comes to my hearing, I have had hearing loss since I was in the NICU. You see, I was born at 32 weeks and was really sick when I was born. I recovered well, although now I have a mild to moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and mild cerebral palsy. I wear hearing aids and use a Roger and do really well!”

– Written by Sabrina, Easton’s Mom



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Hearts for Hearing was founded in 2003 with a mission of providing hearing technology and speech therapy services at no out-of-pocket costs to families with children who were born deaf. 20 years later, we are still teaching babies and children born deaf to listen and talk. Our services have expanded to include adult hearing care with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Shawnee. Our team of professionals has grown from our original three people to 117 now. Hearts for Hearing continues to provide the first set of hearing technology and therapy to children at no out-of-pocket costs to families, and now includes Newborn Hearing Screen services, major research initiatives, Eyes Open Ears On programming, and its own 3D ear mold lab.

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