"When Maisy was first diagnosed with hearing loss last summer I was sad and worried that hearing aids were going to change my spunky little kid. But now, almost a year later, she is even extra spunky! Hearing aids aren't what they used to be, and neither is the stigma that used to surround them. To Maisy, they are just part of her routine. When someone asks why she wears them, she casually says, "they help me hear better."
Maisy has mild to moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. She was most likely born with it, but she wasn't officially diagnosed until she was two and a half years old. It is genetic, and caused by the Connexin 26 gene. Maisy can hear--she can even hear a whisper (trust me, I test her)--but sounds aren't as crisp to her as they are for someone with normal hearing. To help her catch every sound, she wears Oticon Sensei Pro hearing aids, but we call them Super Ears.
Besides being pink and sparkly, Maisy's Super Ears contain some amazing tech. They are Bluetooth capable, and they can connect to iPhones, iPads, FM systems and can even be used as wireless headphones. They amplify the sounds that Maisy misses (s, f, and th sounds mostly) and they auto-adjust when she's in loud places (like the movie theater). They help her hear us and the world around her, but most importantly, they help her hear herself.
May is Better Speech & Hearing Month, and we hope you enjoyed learning about Maisy, who is a little girl, who wears some little tech with big purpose!"