From: Weymouth, MA
Program: Hearing Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$1,850
My name is Matt, and I have lived with profound hearing loss my whole life. I did not receive hearing aids until I was seven years old. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I am still far from being 100%.
I’ve had 3 surgeries on my right ear to remove a cholesteatoma, which left me with no hearing in my right ear. My left ear drum rests on the ear bone, making it very hard for me to hear out of that ear. I finally received my hearing aid for my left ear when I was seven, and the world seemed to open up to me. Unfortunately, I was far from the finish, and still had years of speech therapy and learning new social cues. As the years passed I learned how to communicate better. Even though I was learning how to communicate I still missed very important social cues, for example I would not notice when a friend called me from down the hallway, and I would keep walking, so people found me to be rude. It isn’t just the social cues I am missing, but I still sleep through alarm clocks and any type of alarm actually, including fire and emergency alarms. I also cannot hear people knocking on the door, cell phones, and sometimes when cooking the gas would still be on, but I would not hear the ticking noise it makes. These obstacles have made it very hard for me to fit in over my lifetime.
I felt a sense of welcome to the world the day I got my first hearing aid. I have learned about NEADS and the way the NEADS Service Dogs for hearing change peoples’ lives forever, and I would love to experience that too, as I continue my long path.
*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most. Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.
On our donation form, pick the name of the client you want to sponsor under the Program Menu and check whether or not we can share your contact information with the client. Client fundraising totals are manually updated weekly (not automatically) which allows 100% of each donation to be allocated towards each client’s fundraising goal.