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Hearing is Believing

Real stories from young adults with hearing loss who learned to listen, talk, and dream big with Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).

Listen In as they sit down with their families and Dr. Teresa Caraway, CEO of Hearing First, to reflect on their LSL journey, getting hearing technology, going to college, living independently, starting careers, advice for parents, and more!

Some of the questions we often hear from parents of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing include: What does the future look like for my child and our family? How does it all turn out? Will they grow up and get married? Will they live on their own? What does the relationship with their family look like now?

Listening In is a series of interviews with young adults born deaf or hard of hearing and their families as they share what life is like with Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).

LSL has opened up a world of possibilities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and in this series, we’re featuring young adults who reflect on their journey through life listening, talking and thriving. They’ll share how LSL has allowed them to achieve their goals while giving the viewers a glimpse into what’s possible.

Listen In to Inspiring Stories

Listen in with Jentry

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.”

Hear Her Story!
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Listen in with Riley

Meet Riley, Age 24

Her bright future started when she was just a few days old. Because of the newborn hearing screening, her hearing loss was identified early and she received her hearing aids at just three months old.

Hear Her Story!
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Listen in with Connor

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.

Hear His Story!
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Listen in with Morgan & Katie

Meet Morgan & Katie, Ages 23 & 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.

Hear Their Story!
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