October 12, 2012:
8-year-old girl writes a book about her hearing loss
The handwritten and illustrated storybook describes Samantha Brownlie’s life with a hearing aid.
Samantha Brownlie is an 8-year-old girl from New York City, where she lives with her family. She and her brother Sean both wear hearing aids.
Samantha has written a book, “Samantha’s Fun FM Unit and Hearing Aid Book,” about her hearing loss and her use of hearing aids and an FM-system. The book is a handwritten and illustrated storybook that describes her life with a hearing aid and her use of an FM unit when she goes to school.
“I wrote it to explain why I wear a hearing aid and an FM unit in school. And I also made the book for kids or adults that have hearing loss too. I want them to feel the same way about their hearing aids as I do,” she wrote on thechart.blogs.cnn.com.
“I really like my hearing aids because I can hear so much better with them. I used to wear one hearing aid and now I wear two. They are pink and blue! It's not that hard to get used to wearing hearing aids. All you need to do is think of good things and then you put it in your ear and you hear better. That's all there is to it,” she wrote.
A help for her classmates and others
“My book is also about how to take care of hearing aids, how to use them and how to change the batteries, recharge the FM unit and tell the teacher how to use the transmitter.”
In the book, Samantha Brownlie tells how she originally wrote her story to help her classmates and other children understand hearing loss and hearing amplification. Her parents helped her to get the book published.
Samantha Brownlie was diagnosed with sensorineural bilateral hearing loss when she was 3 years old.