May 2018

11-year-old Isaiah Baire is only in sixth grade and has already written a book. The special part of this book is to let others know anything is possible. Baire has a hearing impairment, but he doesn't let that stop him from doing anything.  "It doesn't hinder me at all. It actually helps me," said Isaiah. "Sometimes people like look down on me because I have these. They think I can't do that much, but then they hear me play piano and then they think twice." 

Isaiah lost his hearing when he was just a baby because of meningitis. "I always wanted to treat him just like he was completely normal, no disability. So, we always treated him that way," said Isaiah's mom, Tighe Baire.  He said he can express himself though the sound of music, but now he can also express himself through his new book, "The Diary of a Hard Hearing Kid.” "This is basically my autobiography. It's just the story of my life, and I wrote it to encourage other people who have hearing difficulties," said the 11-year-old. 

A cochlear implant and hearing aid help Isaiah out, so he decided everyone who is hearing impaired should have one, too.  "I'm using part of the profits to go to hear the world. An organisation that helps people in other countries that can't afford ears devices like I can," Isaiah said.  He understands what it means to not hear what's going on around him. "Sometimes my implant and hearing aid die unexpectedly when I'm at some event or something and when people are trying to talk to me I can't hear them," he said.

The book tells his story of what it's like living with a hearing impairment and also serves as a reminder to anyone like him that they're not alone. "Everything he's gone through to get to where he is now. I'm so proud of him," said Tighe. "If there's other people that has this ability, then I want to let them know that they're no different than anyone else. They can do anything," Isaiah said.

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