Claire Differding of Lakeville, MN
In her words:
I have struggled with hearing all of my life. Loud places like restaurants and parties are very hard on me. I cannot place where sounds are coming from and it is difficult to concentrate. It seems to be almost too loud!
I get frustrated and I just get sad and do not communicate.
When I was in fourth grade I received the Sophono™ Alpha™ device. I love my Sophono™! It is comfortable and easy to use. I now have the updated Sophono™ Alpha 2 MPO™. This device is even better than the first device. I didn’t think that my hearing could improve more than it did when I was first able to hear with the Sophono™. Now with my new device, I can hear all around me. This bone-anchored hearing device allows me to hear people from every direction. I am pretty proud of how far I have climbed academically. I used to think I would always just be the “not so smart kid who is in special education”. Now I have improved my test scores and have climbed above district and national levels with reading and math. I no longer have to be in summer school for low test scores. I am able to travel with my family and be in clubs and camps.
I love my Sophono™ device!
I am sharing my experience with my sister Julia who is 8 years old and also has a Sophono™ Alpha 2 MPO™. Our favorite thing to do as sisters with our Sophono™ is listen to our iPod music together with the same adapter that allows us to hear music from our iPods for the first time in stereo. The Sophono™ device is continuing to be a blessing in my life. I am really looking forward to the future. I hope that with my increasing test scores I will be smart enough to be able to someday become an inventor of a life-changing device like the Sophono™ Alpha 2 MPO™. Every day is a new day filled with new sounds.
—Claire Differding, 2015 (Lakeville, MN)