Our 2018 Run for Sound Ambassadors are Nolan Droese and Mallory Hanson!
"Nolan was born on Feb. 17, 2015, healthy and happy! He “referred” on his newborn hearing screening, and then passed the 2nd test before being discharged, so we had no initial concerns about his hearing. Fast forward several months, and still no real concerns, or at least dad didn’t. Mom is a Speech Language Pathologist, so she was much more cognizant of the speech milestones he should achieve while developing. Given mom’s concerns, we decided to take him to St. Vincent’s for an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test in hope to rule out hearing loss, but instead he was diagnosed with a mild bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in August 2016.
Nolan received his hearing aids in December 2016 and hasn’t looked back! He received speech therapy through First Steps and once he turned three, we enrolled him in a developmental preschool in the Carmel school district where he interacts with other children who have developmental delays. He continues to receives speech therapy.
Nolan is your average 3 year old – he loves to be outside, play with his baby sister, and occasionally likes to press his parents’ buttons, as most 3 year olds likely do. He is kind, playful, and loves to laugh. Through Nolan’s hearing loss, we have had the opportunity to interact with several great people at Hear Indiana and First Steps that we otherwise wouldn’t have crossed paths with. Both are outstanding organizations, and any support you are able to provide makes a big difference in the lives of children!" - Mark & Annie Droese, Nolan's parents
When Mallory was three years old, her mom, Kim, was worried that her language wasn’t developing appropriately. It was then that Mallory’s bilateral hearing loss was discovered. Within months, Mallory was wearing her new hearing aids and receiving intense services to help her develop age-appropriate language. Kim remembers how hard it was to navigate the confusing world of hearing loss. She called Hear Indiana and found someone on the other end of the phone who had walked in her shoes. Kris, Hear Indiana’s development associate, had a daughter with hearing loss and talked with Kim for hours. When Kim got off the phone, she finally felt that she had found someone who understood what she was going through.
Today, Mallory is a spunky 11 year old who attends Our Lady of Grace School. She loves to ride horses competitively, play volleyball, do makeup, and wants to learn how to cook. Mallory loves to help other kids with hearing loss. She and her family have been supporters of Hear Indiana for many years, and this is her second time acting as the run Ambassador!