Hadley and Dennis’ Story

a man kneeling next to a young girl in a dress. They both have hearing aids.

11-year-old Hadley helped inspire her grandfather – and still does every day. At 3 ½ years of age, at a Mother’s Day Out class, Hadley referred for additional follow-up at a routine hearing test. “It is probably sinus pressure and fluid in her ears,” thought Mom and Dad. They felt certain her hearing was fine because they interacted with her and watched her relate with family members as a toddler. Still, Hadley had experienced many ear infections, and the parents wanted to be certain everything looked okay.

Untreated Hearing Loss and Quality of Life

Adult hearing loss often occurs gradually. This can make it more difficult for people to realize there is deterioration or recognize to what extent their hearing has declined. Experiences associated with hearing loss can cause many different frustrations, even difficulties. Let’s review some of the common issues individuals with hearing loss may face and ways to help improve the quality of life for those with untreated hearing loss.

Peter’s Story

A black and white photo of Peter Hardt smiling with his arms crossed. He is wearing a plaid shirt.

Peter, 23 years old now, was the first baby in the state of Oklahoma identified with hearing loss through Oklahoma’s mandated newborn hearing screening program which required, beginning in 2000, that all newborns receive a hearing test before discharge from the hospital.

Hadley’s Story

young girl sitting inside historic horse coach, grandfather smiling closely by

Hadley & Dennis Krueger GRAND MOMENTS Listening to each other’s questions and critiques, enjoying laughter, even quiet times of reflection. These moments are part of a grand adventure at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum shared by Hadley Krueger, age 9, and her grandfather Dennis — “PaPa” to her. It is special time […]

Where are they now? Meet Jentry

Jentry headshot - recipient of care from hearts for hearing team

Jentry was diagnosed with hearing loss at 18 months old. She was born deaf in her right ear and had moderate hearing loss in her left ear. Speech therapy became a staple in her life from her diagnosis until junior high school. At the time, the protocol to receive a cochlear implant was very different […]

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