Claire is Claire and clear is clear, and until very recently the twain had rarely met.
You see, 7-year-old Claire, who has severe hearing loss, has hearing aids that, like a lot of hearing aids, don’t do a very good job of isolating particular voices in noisy settings.
Claire had to expend so much energy trying to focus on her teacher’s voice at school, trying to separate it from all the extraneous noise a classroom contains, that she’d come home physically exhausted.
On the soccer field, she couldn’t distinguish her coach’s voice from all the other noise, and often ended up standing, frustrated and crying, on her own little patch of grass.
But now, thanks to the generosity of Variety supporters, Claire has what’s called an FM system, which allows a teacher...Continue Reading »