We are excited to be walking this year in honor of both of our boys. When we first learned that Oscar had a profound hearing loss, we were scared, confused, overwhelmed, worried and everything else in between. He was able to get Med-El Cochlear Implants by the time he was 1 and hasn't looked back since. He has had formal therapy for at least 2 hours a week since then plus the work that his teachers help pull thru and what we do with him at home. He is now hearing at about the same decibel level as you and I, as well as has access to most frequencies. He speaks in full, complete sentences and for the most part can be understood. He loves reading books, math/numbers and dancing whenever he hears music. We know we made the right decision in getting him impants and couldn't have come this far without the support we have received from this community!
When Magnus was also born with a profound hearing loss, we were again thrown a curve ball and went thru the range of emotions. This time we already had our team of people waiting to jump in and help us start on his journey. Magnus is now bi-laterally implanted and has been hearing for about 6 weeks. He gets the biggest smile when you call his name and when he hears Mikey Mouse. He is working hard on learning to listen, to hear and to imitate sounds. We know that with this amazing community supporting us, he will be where he needs to be in no time.
We would be lost without the support of the hearing loss community. We walk to honor those that struggled before us and helped paved the way for us. We walk to honor everyone that suffers in silence. We walk to honor our friends that also have a hearing loss. And most importantly we walk in honor of our boys. We hope they know we will always be there to cheer them on, behind them to have their back and next to them so they are never walking alone.
Please help us support the organizations that support not only our boys but, everyone with hearing loss.The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States.The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States. A portion of what we raise go directly to funds organizations we work with. If you are local, we would love for you to come out and walk with us to show Oscar and Magnus how truly loved they are!
Thank you for taking the time to read our story! This is just the beginning for our boys!
Jessica & Bo