Often times, our mission at HEI feels impossible because we are fighting a problem that most of us cannot readily identify with. Many people do not have any idea that hearing restoration is possible and if you’ve have never experienced hearing loss, it’s hard to understand how debilitating and frustrating it can be. Amy’s story offers a glimpse into what hearing loss is like, and journeys into a world much less comfortable than most can imagine.
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Dear Partner for a Cure,
At Hough Ear Institute, we know the struggles those with hearing loss face. Amy, represents one of 340 million individuals worldwide with disabling hearing loss. Each morning, Amy wakes up in silence. She was born with a genetic disorder known as Usher Syndrome, and after being diagnosed at age 12, doctors determined she would need a hearing aid:
“When the doctor put in my hearing aids for the first time, I cried a lot. They felt strange and none of my friends had them. But when we stepped outside the office, a world of sound hit me. I heard the birds for the first time, and the wind, and the cars driving by. As we walked around, I asked what the strange tapping sound was. My mom told me it was my own shoes hitting the pavement. At that point, we realized just how many sounds I had been missing out on.”
Can you imagine a world without sound – life without sound? Hearing loss difficulties are extreme, and while Amy was unable to understand the ramifications of her disease when she received her diagnosis, her parents were fully aware: “My dad sobbed for days and my mom thought my future would be unbearable.”
Amy’s mother was right. A life without hearing is incredibly hard. In a 2005 study of more than 40,000 households, hearing loss reduced average household income by $23,000 a year depending on the degree of hearing loss. Amy would fall into this category. Additionally, she would be at higher risk of being unemployed. Amy is not alone; over half the population in the United States suffers from some degree of hearing loss.
Hough Ear Institute’s goal is to find a cure for Amy, and so many like her. In recent history, we have played a pivotal role in the formation of hearing solutions and we continue to make new discoveries every day.
Our recent breakthroughs and new discoveries are evidence of God’s blessing on our work. He guides us as we follow His path to the miracle of a permanent cure on behalf of Amy and the hundreds of thousands of people like her. Can you imagine a world with no deafness?
Would you consider giving today to help find a cure? Anything given by December 31st will be doubled!
We remain grateful for your partnership
on behalf of those with hearing loss,
Richard Kopke, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer