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Football Legend Joins Bridgewater Balance & Hearing to Honor Inspirational 16-year-old in Knoxville

Published: 02/27/2013

Last Updated: 07/02/2018

On March 5th, Mike Stratton will help award Calen Wright the title of HearStrong Champion at Bridgewater Balance and Hearing in recognition of her courage to overcome hearing loss and excel personally and academically

“Before age three, my life was a world of silence,” said Calen Wright, a 16-year-old from Knoxville, TN. “When I received my first pair of hearing aids, immediately my world came to life. I heard a jet plane soaring in the sky; I heard birds chirping in the trees…my silent world was overwhelmed with magical sound.”

Calen’s journey to better hearing began as a toddler. Concerned that their three-year-old daughter wasn’t communicating easily, her parents brought her to specialists to have her hearing evaluated. While they were surprised to learn Calen had hearing loss and would be fitted for hearing devices, they did not shy away from the challenge—and neither did Calen. Determined to achieve her goals and live her life in the fullest way possible, Calen focused on her studies and soon found herself as one of the top students at her private school.

“I’ve accomplished excellent speech, academic success, played tennis for my school and have played piano for nine years,” Calen said. “(With my hearing devices) I’m able to understand what I’m learning and fully participate in class with all of my hearing peers.”

To honor Calen and her accomplishments, Sally Baerman, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, of Bridgewater Balance and Hearing, and  The HearStrong Foundation will hold a ceremony on March 5th at 3pm at Sally’s practice, located at 103 Suburban Rd., Suite 101D, Knoxville, TN 37923.

Legendary Buffalo Bills player Mike Stratton, deliverer of the “hit heard ‘round the world” in the 1964 AFC Championship game against the San Diego Chargers, will be on hand to help Sally present Calen with her HearStrong medal and certificate.

Sponsored by EarQ, The HearStrong Foundation recognizes the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and live their lives to the fullest. To learn more about the foundation and Calen, visit www.hearstrong.org.


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