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Photo courtesy of NBC DFW
Photo courtesy of NBC DFW

A week-long day camp in Parker, Texas is uniting kids with cochlear implants to help them practice their speech and listening while enjoying quintessential summer camp activities.

The Crystal Charity Ball Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp, held July 25 – 29, is designed to provide campers listening and speech-language therapy combined with games, music, and arts and crafts.

Forty five kids are in attendance this year, all between the ages of 4 – 11. Each of them has a cochlear implant that allows them to hear again, and the camp allows them to build friendships with each other while working with the counselors — University of Texas graduate students — as well as  licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Photo courtesy of NBC DFW
Photo courtesy of NBC DFW

One of the camp’s main focuses is music, which is considered an important part of social connections through elementary school and beyond.

To learn more about the camp and how it’s transforming lives, check out the local news coverage of the camp.

With a little dedication and practice, you, too, can enjoy music. Visit Cochlear Lifestyle: How to Enjoy Music for tips to improve your listening experience.

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.