When I was born, my parents had no idea I was deaf. It was a long time before they could get a diagnosis, and my mother recounts that it was actually very difficult for the doctors to find out why I wasn’t responding to them. It was only until one of them referred me to…

I remember vividly the day I first tried on my hearing aids – my entire world changed forever. I entered kindergarten with my newfound hearing and immediately fell even more in love with learning. However, despite the help the hearing aids offered, I often found myself completely lost in class, and maybe embarrassed for falling…

I was an outcast.  I could never seem to find the right people to become friends with, what clubs to join, or what kind of classes I enjoyed taking.  I was only learning more about who I was as a person.  I stood out from my classmates due to being deaf and having two Cochlear…

When I turned 8 years old, I had an ear infection that would ultimately change my life. This ear infection would also change the entire way I approach my own life. On a normal day before this infection, I could sit wherever I chose, whether that’s in the front, in the back, or anywhere in…

I cannot say that school was and is easy for me.  Because of my hearing impairment I question the information that is being delivered.  My desire to attend school and push through my physical abilities is to obtain more knowledge in a desired area.  I’m currently attending my fifth college; it has been a trial…

I was ten years old when I was diagnosed with bi-lateral hearing loss.  The hearing loss was picked up during routine screening of the eyes and ears at school.  I dreaded those exams. Even as an adult, soundproof audiology rooms with all the weird beeps and buzzes make me anxious.  As a child I always…

Growing up as a young kid, I didn’t realize that I was hearing impaired. I thought that the way that everything sounded to me was normal and that I was just like every other kid in class. Being born deaf in one ear may not sound like a drastic hearing impairment, but it has definitely…

I was diagnosed with Mondini Syndrome, it’s a condition where the cochlea is incomplete, with only one and a half turns instead of the normal two and a half turns. Speech therapy helped with speaking the teachers were helpful and supportive. I was glad to be called down from class because elementary school was simpler….

“A deaf child will never be able to play an instrument as complex as the violin.” These words were not uncommon to my deaf ears. And there began my determination to defy the odds – I just did not know it yet. During the fall of my first yearin high school as I rushed to…

I had watched my brother go to school for five long years before it was finally my turn!  Kindergarten was a brand new world and I couldn’t wait to be a part of all of that.  We all lined up for yet another fun-filled activity; this time it was a hearing test.  I heard all…

If I had been born in a different country, it’s very likely that I would have been a beggar. I was reminded of this on the metro in Mexico City, when a deaf person would occasionally put a piece of paper into my hand without a word. “Soy sordo/a…” (I am deaf…) it would begin….

Hello, my name is Louie Romero Jr.  I am a senior in high school, I will graduate May 2017.  First I want to thank you for the opportunity apply for this scholarship. My entire life from kindergarten up to being a sophomore in high school, I have struggled to be focused and getting good grades…

I was only four years old when the doctors and audiologists at Boys Town National Research Hospital told my parents some major news: your daughter suffers from hearing loss. I had gone through several tests and examinations that day, and it was confirmed that I have a profound hearing loss in my right ear and…

I would like to introduce myself to you and tell you about some exciting green energy project ideas that I will be starting at California State University, Los Angeles. My name is Gilbert Lopez (Gil). I am currently a full-time student at California State University, Los Angeles working towards my Technology / Mechanical Engineering Bachelor…

My hearing impairment has had a big impact on my education. I ended up getting my hearing loss from medicine I received when I was a newborn with a fatal congenital defect. I had previous hearing tests done, but the audiologist never went past 1500 in the frequency scale. It wasn’t until the end of…

Here I am again, sitting in the back row of the classroom staring blankly at the teacher. She is going over today’s lesson with vivid verbal detail. More gestures flow from her mouth before she turns her gaze towards me and all I do is give her a confused look. I can see her mouth…

Walking out of the audiologist’s office at four years old I remember flinching at how loud a passing motorcycle was. Standing there, I heard exactly what my parents whispered as they watched me carefully process this new exciting world with hearing aids. Most importantly, to me, I heard the birds for the first time. The…

I never thought that the day would come. The day where the world was imperceptible, the agitation I felt, and the pleasant feeling of receiving a second chance I thought I would never get back. Quiet. We all wish for silence at one point or another. In my opinion, the perception of silence is very…

My hearing loss has affected my education because when I was little, One of my friends whispered in my left ear and I couldn’t hear anything they said. That’s when I knew something was wrong with the hearing in my left ear. Every day, I would hope to get my hearing back in my left…

I was not born deaf. I lost my hearing in first grade when I got meningitis and encephalitis. It was a long and difficult journey to defeat this virus but my family and I won and I was soon implanted with cochlear implants and went back to school in second grade. It wasn’t easy getting…

When I was just a baby, my mother and father found out that, I had a hole in my heart, the term used so often called a heart murmur. Shortly, I was rushed into surgery to repair the hole in the heart. Surgery went well. However, I still need it to be monitored until I…

There were eight minutes left for the game; we had a tied score. As a defensive player, I knew I had to do the best I could to not let the opposing team score a goal and win the game. The whistle, the shouts, the cheers, the players and so much movement going on around…

I’m a helper. I’m a giver (often times too much). And I’m a fighter. Truth be told, I’ve been completely lost. People would say all kinds of things about me…whether it was about my appearance, my weird voice, or my unique accent which was a mixed of Spanish and deafness, I guess. Whatever. But what…

Listen Being born deaf, I have to live knowing nothing can fix my ears. I primed myself to question the context of every sentence ever spoken to me. My teachers told me it was a skill I needed to develop to ensure I did not miss information or misinterpret the spoken language that surrounded me….

A Glimpse at the Life of a Star Choir Student with A Hearing Impairment When I was twelve years old, I was diagnosed with a rare tumor titled Cholesteatoma. This horridly invasive tumor fought its way through my ear canal, obliterating all of the bones in my ear. Luckily the medical professionals at Sentara Medical…

“Imagine how well she would do if she did not have a hearing loss.” This a phrase my mother commonly uses when discussing my grades, especially to my teachers. As an A-B student who is involved in Advanced Placement and honor courses, I personally feel that I do pretty well. But, when truly considering what…

I was born in Viet Nam with a cleft pallet and sever ear problems. When I was five months old I was abandoned at an orphanage. The day I was dropped off my orphanage care takers were sure I would die that night. But I am a fighter and I lived. At thirteen months old…

Dear David A. Black Hearing Impaired Scholarship committee, As of August 1st, 2016 I will be relocating to Washington, DC and will begin my studies in Masters of Arts in Public Administration program at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts university in the world for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I’m…

The Fight I’ve never been in a fight. Now, I’ve been pushed to my breaking point once back in middle school, prodded by a girl who thought it was funny to rip my hearing aids out of my ears, but no, I’ve never actually participated in one. I was writing a short story for my…

Over the course of my life, my hearing loss has been an academic horror story. When I was in preschool, we found out about my hearing loss and I was not allowed to come to the preschool because of it. The main reason as to why, I believe, is because the teachers did not have…

Half a Sense to Learn “You get two for the price of one!” a friend said when he saw I only needed one earplug to watch the Blue Angels fly over the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. I had rolled my eyes and laughed. My unilateral hearing loss was the result of spinal meningitis at…

I joined the U.S. Air Force when I was 23 years old and recently retired at 44. While in the Air Force, I obtained my Associates degree but I am now continuing my education to obtain my Bachelors degree. I was an aircraft electrical environmental specialist the first 10 ½ years I was in the…

I deserve the Hearing Impaired Scholarship- Law Offices of David A. Black because I am bilaterally hearing impaired and have showed great leadership roles in my school. I have also overcome many obstacles in my life. I want to go further in my education by studying to be an accountant at Hillsborough Community College and…

Bright smiles plastered on all the little first graders faces, thrilled to end class with a game, Ms. Kamen called “Telephone”. We were all circled up, waiting for the whispered message to be passed along to us so we could pass it to the next classmate. The message reaches me. My friend leans over and…

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