It wasn’t so long ago that not all babies had their hearing screened at birth. In fact, it was less than 25 years ago that Riley was one of the first babies to receive the newborn hearing screening in Oklahoma. And it was a good thing she did, because her hearing loss was identified at birth. Why is that so important? By identifying her hearing loss early, her family was able to take action right away to get her hearing aids at only 3 months old. Today, Riley is a happy, thriving young woman, recently married, and pursuing her master’s degree to become a therapist. Listen in to her story and learn how Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) changed her life.

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More About Riley’s Journey

Reflecting back on her life, Riley is incredibly grateful for the newborn hearing screening that allowed her to receive the hearing devices she needed at such a young age. Her mom Merry shares that while the diagnosis was unexpected, the journey has been worth it to see her daughter succeed in life and become an inspiration for others.

Part of that success comes from a dedicated team of professionals, a strong parent-professional partnership, and a commitment to a Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) outcome. The hard work paid off as Riley attended mainstream school where she was the only student with hearing loss. She wasn’t shy about advocating for herself and talking with teachers. As a result, she succeeded in school and went on to attend Oklahoma State University. Not only did she thrive academically but socially as well. Today, she has strong friendships and a sense of community.

Watch Listening In to hear more from Riley and her mom, Merry.


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Meet Connor, Age 30

His progressive hearing loss was identified when he was 4 years old. His hearing loss journey became his inspiration to help children just like him. Today, he is a talented doctor of audiology and happily married to his wife, Stevie.

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Meet Jentry, Age 34

After being diagnosed with hearing loss, she discovered her voice and learned how to be her own advocate. She lives every day by her own motto, “You can’t spell Jentry without the word try.”

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Meet Morgan & Katie, Ages 23 & Age 19

This unstoppable duo are talented athletes and recent graduates. Ambitious in all they do, hearing loss hasn’t slowed them down and they credit LSL to their success.

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