BENEFITING: Little Ears Hearing Center
Charging through obstacle courses one muddy mile at a time!
In the fall of 2011, my daughter, Isabelle, failed a hearing test during a normal hearing screening in kindergarten. Thinking that the results were wrong (she passed hearing tests in pre-school), we had her re-tested with her pediatrician. After another failure, we were referred to Dr. Shelley Moats at Little Ears Hearing Center. We later learned that she had bilateral low frequency mild hearing loss.
Hearing loss is not new to my family, but as parents, we did not know exactly how to handle such news for our daughter. There was so much information to absorb, new methods to use to aid her, and so very many devices. But from all of this, Dr. Shelley Moats and Little Ears were nothing but a blessing to our family. She takes all the time to help explain everything that you need to know and is so happy to help with any question at any time. We've been blessed to have such a caring audiologist work with us as we all grow together as a family.
Children every day are being diagnosed with hearing loss. We were lucky. We are able to handle the financial issue that was presented to us. But many other families are not as lucky. Hearing aid devices can be very expensive. And are often not covered by any medical insurance (they’re treated as a “cosmetic” expense, just like glasses!). But hearing aids are only a part of what a family must overcome for their child to have the best hearing experience. Cochlear implants, FM systems to use for schools, streamer devices so children can hear better on home phones, iPods, and computers, and even batteries can cause unknown financial burdens on a lot of families.
The wonderful clinic that Dr. Shelley Moats works in is now fully funded by the Little Ears Hearing Center charity organization. And they are beginning to look for ways to help families that have difficulties with these unknown expenses that will help make their child’s hearing experiences so much richer. And here is where we can help. I will be running, walking, crawling, and climbing through obstacle courses throughout the year to help raise awareness of hearing loss with children.
With your donations, we can help families that need some assistance in getting a replacement hearing aid because one broke. Or we can help a family who just can’t afford to get batteries this month for their child. Or we can help pay for an FM system so that a child can hear their teacher at school. Together, we can help other families realize that they are not in this alone, and that other people will always be willing to help.
I will be racing in multiple obstacle course races in the Kentucky/Ohio/Indiana area (and a few other special states), and will finish the year running a Spartan Beast (13+ miles!) race in the ski slopes of Vermont. By donating to this cause, you will be helping these families get the care and support needed to help their children hear the most out of life. And as an extra special reward for our donors, I will hold up a sign at each race thanking our most generous donors. You’ll get to see these pages on my Facebook fan page.
So here’s to a whole lot of mud (and even more sweat) to help raise money for this great organization! Help spread the word and please share this page with your friends and families!
Thanks so much for your help!