“Hearing loss affected me dramatically as a child. I began wearing hearing aids in kindergarten, but I didn’t like looking different from other kids, so I was very self-conscious about them. Yet when I didn’t wear them, I felt a different type of social isolation because I had trouble following conversations.”
A native of Alabama, Deidre has been successful despite her hearing loss, but does not want other children to face what she had to.
Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005, serves as national spokesperson for the Better Hearing Institute on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing loss, especially in children. To read more about Deidre follow the link below