A Loved One With Hearing Impairment
Robert has been an inventor for three decades now, but the idea for creating this device only came to him two years ago.
“I never thought about inventing anything like this. There was no one close to me suffering from hearing loss, not even my grandparents, so you can say this is probably the farthest thing from my mind.”
But things changed when his daughter was born.
“My wife got German measles while she was pregnant with my daughter, Mackenzie. I’m glad they both survived the whole ordeal. But one of the complications from that was my daughter was born with congenital hearing loss.”
Early intervention prevented Robert’s daughter from completely losing her sense of hearing, but she had to wear a hearing aid from an early age.
“Mackenzie started wearing hearing aids when she was 3 years old. When the doctors and audiologists told me it would help with her hearing, I breathed a big sigh of relief. I thought, ‘at least we caught it early on so she doesn’t have to struggle with hearing loss the rest of her life.’ But I was wrong.
“Mackenzie still struggled."