Personal Stories

Manny Wilke, born without ears

Our son, Emmanuel ("Manny"), was born with a rare birth defect in that he was literally born with no ears nor open ear canals, making him legally deaf. At 3 weeks old he had a hearing test done which showed us that he had the ability to hear well with a bone conduction hearing aid. Much to our surprise, the hearing aid(s) weren't covered and we had 30 days to come up with $5000 and later found out that he needed two hearing aids for his bilateral hearing loss.

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