Steve and Jodi Peikin share their personal journey dealing with the challenges of daughter Ali’s hearing loss, one that began 17 years ago when CHC helped them face an uncertain future.
When our daughter Ali was born, we were as thrilled and excited as all new parents are. We had no idea what would follow.
After a few weeks at home, we noticed that loud noises–including the constant ones coming from her two-year-old brother–never seemed to bother her. When we raised our concern with our pediatrician, he could easily have brushed us off as anxious parents. Thankfully, he sent her for a hearing test. She failed. Ali was profoundly deaf. She had heard nothing in our busy house–not our laughter, not our singing to her, not the hundreds of times we said, “I love you” to her. We were devastated. We had no idea what the future would hold and nowhere to turn for help. And then, we found the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC).
CHC brought into action its world-class speech-language pathologists, industry-leading audiologists, and staff committed to providing the full suite of services that deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families need. As a result, Ali was prepared to lead the very same life as her hearing peers: attending mainstream schools, playing competitive sports, spending summers away at camp, and so much more.
Today, Ali is a high school senior, a straight-A student, and the captain of the varsity soccer team, and she is busy applying to college. That story is the result of one thing: our fortune in finding CHC and the remarkable, life-altering service that it
provided to Ali and our family.
Ali’s experience is not unique. For more than 100 years, CHC has provided services and support to people who are deaf and hard of hearing in New York City and elsewhere, regardless of their ability to pay. But CHC needs your support to continue this remarkable record of service. Please make a donation today. Help ensure that CHC will be there for all the families in need of its
With many thanks for your generosity,
Steven and Jodi Peikin
The Center for Hearing and Communication is an accredited non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.