hrough the sounds and I figured out it was his footsteps on the pavement as he walked. He asked for a snack, it was the first time he had heard the wrapper of a granola bar. As he ate his granola bar, he mentioned how he could hear himself chewing. Other Day 1 sounds were tires on the road, the gurgling of a drink being poured, the tapping of a pencil on the table, and he said my voice sounded lower. All these new sounds and experiences are because Aid the Silent was able to help get hearing aids for Brennen.
We live in Colorado and it is required for insurance to provide services till 18. However, our insurance is based out of South Carolina— insurance loophole for the win.
BRENNEN NOW: Brennen is now in 4th grade, homeschooling and loving it. He loves attending church and serving with his dad in the kindergarten classroom every other month. He’s been able to spend a week during summer at Camp IdRaHaJe (I’d rather have Jesus), surf the Great Sand Dunes and attend a coding camp at the Apple store all in confidence that he can hear friends and family and be a part of the whole experience.
Thank you to the entire team at Aid the Silent for all your hard work you do year-round. You all are amazing! Hoping that next year we can get out to the 5K and/or the Good Vibrations festival. Brennen’s dad and older sister Emma, 15, also wear hearing aids.
Thank you again from the whole Boeckner Family. Hope you have a blessed Holiday season.”
"Thank you so very much!! If we could scream from the highest mountain how grateful we are for your organization, we would!! We're extremely grateful for the funding provided for Elena's hearing aid. She's progressing beautifully and her excitement for life just motivates everyone surrounding her." - Elena's mama
My name is Melody Macias, I am a mother of five children, and we are a family of seven. Of my five children two have hearing loss that would be Caleb who is twelve and Noah who is eight years old.
Caleb was diagnosed and aided at three years old, while Noah was diagnosed at birth with sensory neural bilateral hearing loss.
We became a one-income family, as dad wanted me home to care for our children, plus the extensive appointments my children had wouldn’t allow me to have a stable full-time job, and my husband’s job had him working long hours. This year it was time for my children to get new hearing aids, and I ran into many conflicts with the insurance and hearing aid facilities. I had to come up with the entire amount for several agencies and others asked for half, being a one-income family that lived paycheck to paycheck, coming up with that large amount was not possible.
I was told about Aid the Silent by my children’s audiologist, I sat with the application for several months in hopes that I would be able to get the insurance to cover my children’s hearing aids. But it was exhausting and finally I applied, the news came a few weeks later that they would not help cover half the cost but the entire amount for both my boys. It was overwhelming that this great organization would help us out in our time of need.
The boys’ hearing aids are not an accessory it is a way of life for them to be connected to our world full of sounds. And to see the excitement in my Caleb and Noah when they got to pick their colors for their brand-new hearing aids really made me appreciate that an organization such as Aid the Silent exists. But the most moving part of all this was seeing them get their aids and know they had brand new hearing aids-new ears to hear! They stay connected from the minute they wake up to the minute they lay down; it has become and will always be a part of them. It is a costly thing, but to see my boys faces light up each time to new sounds lets me know the struggles and sacrifices we make are worth it. Both my boys love the outdoors, make the A/B honor roll and enjoy life with sound.
Caleb has been nominated to a leadership program in the 6th grade, has been camping several times this year, and has a love for drawing. Noah is a social butterfly making friends with everyone, eager to learn, and he loves the outdoors and all things outdoors especially bugs and animals. There are no words to express the gratitude we feel for Aid the Silent and what they have done for our sons. To my sons their hearing aids are a part of them, a part of their body, a way to function, and what keeps them linked with life. And to lose their aids would be like losing a part of themselves, the desire to hear all noise—from the sound of the trees, to the laughter of a loved one—is cherished by my sons losing that is not an option for us and this organization has helped us continue to give our boys ears to hear and have “sound” adventures every day!
My Cooper received his hearing aids from Aid the Silent about 4 months ago. In 2017, right after his second birthday, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He went through six rounds of chemotherapy and had a liver resection. One of the chemos he received causes permanent hearing damage. He has moderate-to-severe hearing loss which mainly affected his high frequencies. Since receiving his hearing aids we have heard his language change daily! Being a three-year-old, he doesn't display an observable difference while they are in, however, when they are not in, he constantly says, "What?" or "What did you say?" Those are the "A-ha" moments that tells me what a difference his aides are making in his life. He is attending regular speech classes now and with the help of his hearing aids, his future looks very bright with no long-term problems regarding his speech. Thank you Aid the Silent for everything you've done for Cooper and our family!
"She is so happy. It was amazing to see her hear sounds she never could hear, finally being able to hear her own voice clearly and the sound of cars passing by. I never realized she couldn't hear all those sounds. Thank you so very much for you and this organization. It is a blessing to my family and all others who need you. Thank you.” – Patricia G.
If you could only see her today. It has been a blessing for sure. I never knew she couldn't hear certain things that we take advantage of everyday. The look in her eyes when she hears a new sound she could never hear before. I took her back to school after getting the hearing aides and I look forward to hearing all her stories tonight. This is huge. I am so grateful for everything you have done. Words just can't describe it. All day its just been tears of joy for me. She can hear like everyone else now. She can eat dinner with us tonight and be able to hear everything we say. That has never happened. I have attached her picture with her doctor.
Thank you again,
Misty Izaguirre (Cassie’s mom)
Hello, my name is Angela, and I have two daughters Spirit and Faith. My oldest daughter Spirit is six years old and deaf. With her being deaf we have had to overcome a lot of challenges, including moving from Cincinnati, Ohio to San Antonio, Texas. This was a very big move for us. But Spirit needed the best doctors and community possible.
On this journey of finding a great deaf community, we found Aid the Silent. This wonderful group of people helped us with learning sign language. With the teacher they provided us, we are learning more than ASL—we as a family are learning how to be a PROUD DEAF FAMILY. We are learning to be advocates for the community. We are learning that knowledge I truly is power. ASL is a language of its own. And with a language of its own comes unity and love within a community.
I am proud to be a mother of a beautiful Deaf daughter. I am even more proud that I can teach her that she is beautiful and smart and she can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who strengthens her. God made her this way and he made her perfect!
Aid the silent showed me this by sharing their community with us. We will be going to our first deaf concert “Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival” on May 20, 2017. We will be able to be in fellowship with other deaf families. My daughters will be able to communicate with other children using ASL. Thank You Aid the Silent for opening up our world to greatness!
Our family is blessed to have found the Aid the Silent and that Jhojan was given the opportunity to improve his quality of life, school and day-to-day activities with the hearing aids. He is more focused, responds right away when called upon and we are all so grateful for all your help. Thank you. May God continue to help Aid the Silent bless many more children. – Janet
Brennen got his hearing aids yesterday. He did pretty good for his first day. So far the sounds he is amazed by are: His footsteps on the pavement, the crinkle of a granola wrapper, the car tires on the road, the tapping of a pencil on the tale and the sound of himself chewing. Thank you so much for helping this happen. We are so grateful.
HOW TO APPLY!
To be eligible for sponsorship, Aid the Silent requires all applicants send in an audiogram, most recent tax return and the contact info of their audiologist. Considered applicants must be between 2-18 years old and have bilateral hearing loss. More information is available on our FAQ page.
* Additional info needed.
We work with local audiologists, speech therapists and ASL instructors in your hometown to get all qualifying applicants the help they need.
Interested in partnering? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to monetary donations, we also accept hearing aids and other assistive hearing devices that are new or in good condition and less than 5 years old. All donations are tax deductible. We will work with audiologists to find a qualifying candidate whose level of hearing loss is suitable for the donated device.
Send aids and devices to:
Aid the Silent
34910 IH-10 West #701
Boerne, Texas 78006
Include the value of the device and the name and address of who to send the tax receipt to.