University: The University of the Incarnate Word

Major: Doctorate of Optometry

Desired Career: Optometrist

Hobbies: Listening to music, art, crafts, building things, playing basketball, running

Favorite Things to Hear:  Music, rain and thunderstorms, nature, jokes


Words of Wisdom: “You never know what curveballs life will throw at you, but you can always choose to keep your head up and have joy anyway.”

Miriam had normal hearing until age 17, when she contracted lupus and experienced sudden and deteriorating hearing loss. After three years of treatments, which were successful in keeping the lupus under control but didn’t make significant improvement in her hearing, she realized that her hearing wasn’t likely to return naturally.

“Since I didn’t get sufficient help from hearing aids or other assistive devices, the Cochlear Implants seemed like my last hope of hearing again,” Miriam said.

She said growing up, she struggled with social isolation and not being able to hear teachers and professors in classrooms. Now, she is able to pursue her education and career with confidence.

“My Cochlear Implant has brought so much of my life back. Because I can hear again, I feel so much more capable in the world and more confident in social environments,” she said. “It opened up career opportunities I thought I had lost, encouraging me to pursue my dream of becoming an optometrist.”

She said she is inspired by her mother, a single parent after they lost her dad to cancer, and her faith in God.

“(My biggest goal is) to be a good steward of my talents, using what I have been given to help others,” Miriam said. “I’d like to be known for standing up for truth.”


“Remember the people who helped you get to where you are now, and don’t forget those who were with you at your lowest points. Keep going strong! You’re making a great choice – your Cochlear Implant will change your life!”

To learn more or apply for a Cochlear scholarship, visit www.Cochlear.com/US/Scholarship.

Skylar Mason
As a journalism student, Baha recipient, and Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner, Skylar is excited to join the team at Cochlear as an intern to tell the stories of other CI and Baha recipients! She attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.