Hearing Impaired Students Must Hand Over District-Bought Hearing Aids At Graduation

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Hearing impaired students in Jupiter, Fla., who borrowed expensive hearing aids from the school district will have to turn them over at their graduation ceremony, but teachers are hoping to change that.

"It broke our hearts to see them lose their hearing aids and go silent right at graduation, so we go out and find donors in the community and we find ways to purchase them hearing aids,” Dr. Kelly Easterling told WPTV.

So far they have only raised enough money to buy a hearing aid for Syed Tajuddin, who will receive his diploma today from Jupiter High School.

"When she told me that, I was so glad that I can go on ahead to college with all of the support and all that and so it's really like a good thing,” said Tajuddin.

There are 12 more students that require hearing aids, which cost thousands of dollars.

"All of my life, I haven't been hearing like really good but when I got the hearing aid I didn't know technology like that existed. So it was a good experience," said Tajuddin.

Tajuddin’s old hearing aid will be readjusted for ninth grader Kayla Cohen, who is looking forward to using it in class.

"Because if I have my hearing aids, I can hear better with them, without them I can't hear anything,” Cohen said through her interpreter Joanna Peluso.

The hearing impaired have reported that without technology they often feel isolated.

"Really, it makes your life so much better and more independent and so I can do everything just like people today,” Ron Bibler of Great Falls, Mont., told KPAX. Bibler is a certified financial adviser who conducts business using a caption telephone provided by the Montana Telecommunications Access Program.

Sources: WPTV, KPAX