Brook Shinaberry“Altruistic”

Hometown: Park City, Utah

University: University of Utah

Major(s): Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation


Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, road and mountain biking, swimming, lacrosse, hiking, photography, traveling

Desired Career: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Favorite Things to Hear:  Water (crashing of waves, raindrops, waterfalls, rivers, etc.)

An accomplished athlete, Brooke earned a Lacrosse Scholarship to Vanderbilt University for her Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Education programs. She also made the US U-19 National Lacrosse Team, a team that won the 2003 U-19 World Championship.

Brooke was born with a moderate hearing loss but was not diagnosed until age four. She was fitted with hearing aids and wore them until she lost the rest of her hearing in 2005. At this point, her family started investigating cochlear implants.

She is now a Therapeutic Recreation Master’s Candidate at the University of Utah, where she earned a 4.0 in her first semester.

The cochlear implant has changed my life in so many ways.  I have a new appreciation for the things that I used to take for granted.  I also feel that if I had not received a cochlear implant I would not be in the field that I am.  I think that getting my cochlear implant helped me find a joy and a passion working with individuals with disabilities.  I attribute it to my drive and passion to get a Master’s Degree and eventually a PhD in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.”

In addition to her drive to help others, Brooke also has a keen interest in the world. This is evidenced by a 10-week backpacking trip she took by herself, one of her proudest accomplishments.

Advice to others:

Never let having a hearing loss stop you from achieving your goals and dreams in life.  If you put your mind to it and work hard you can achieve anything you want. “

Marilyn Flood