By SCARLET O’ROURKE
Ian Hook, 17, was born presumably deaf. Thanks to advances in technology, at the age of 18 months, he, along with other young boys and girls in Austin were given the chance to go where few children had gone before.
Cochlear Implants were surgically installed, allow those children to hear for the first time.
In the 15 years that have passed, the surgery has advanced, the technology has progressed yet the prices are still more than many can bear. It is for this reason that Ian and his companions, who call themselves The Deaf Club, have taken on the task to help those who cannot help themselves.
They are raising money together through a run/walk in Austin called Run to Hearin order to aid families without insurance to provide these implants to their hearing impaired members.
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