Makenna is a brave six-year-old girl in first grade who came into our HearingLife office in Las Vegas, NV for monitoring of her hearing due to chemotherapy. She had noticed some ringing in her ears and felt that maybe she wasn’t hearing as well as before. Makenna was more patient and still during tympanogram, reflex and OAE procedures than any other six year old, a definite indicator of a child who has spent more time in doctors’ offices and hospitals rather than playing with friends or in her backyard.
Despite battling chemotherapy and then hearing loss, Makenna remained strong and positive throughout it all. Her insurance does not have any hearing aid benefits, and her medical bills were continuing to stack up. She has ambitions of singing when she grows up, and is optimistic about winning her battle with cancer.
When asked why she was excited to hear better, she replied, “Because I get to put the volume at 1 so mommy can sleep and because hearing is part of your life and I want to be able to hear the TV and music and my friends better.” Makenna deserves to grow up and make a difference in this world, and is truly a deserving recipient.