A Boy, His Horse and a Hearing ‘Magic Pen’
“Jack knows what happiness is,” said Mariana Barquet, of Indiana, about her six-year-old son with hearing loss. “Every morning, he opens up his curtains and yells, ‘Mom, the sun came up!’”
With a love of scary monsters, Jack enjoys the Goosebumps book series and even asked for Slappy the Dummy, a ventriloquist dummy featured in the series, for his recent birthday. “Can you believe he wants to be a ventriloquist now?” shared Barquet.
“It’s crucial that Jack has what he needs, whether at home, school or during daily activities.” — Mariana Barquet
Like all Moms, Barquet wants her son to be the kid he should be for his age without feeling like she needs to be a “helicopter Mom.” With the recent addition of the Phonak Roger™ Pen, it adds another hearing solution for Jack and gives Barquet some peace of mind.
“It’s crucial that Jack has what he needs,” she said, “whether at home, school or during daily activities.”
Jack’s Hearing Journey
As a newborn, Jack did not pass his hearing screening three times, said Barquet. Although they continued with testing, it wasn’t until he was seven months old that it was discovered he had profound hearing loss. Jack currently has bilateral cochlear implants and wears the Naída™ CI Q70 processor.
In addition to hearing loss, he experiences low muscle tone and has planning issues with speech.
The “Magic Pen”
As part of Jack’s physical therapy, he rides horses; however, before the Roger Pen, he was struggling to listen to his therapist while wearing his helmet.
“For safety and compliance, the helmet needs to be tight enough that it wiggles his forehead,” said Barquet. “You can imagine the difficulties this gives a boy with cochlear implants.”
“We have seen a huge improvement in his attention as well as his ability to follow directions …”
Once they implemented Jack’s “Magic Pen,” there was an immediate change. “We have seen a huge improvement in his attention as well as his ability to follow directions while on horses,” she added.
Hearing Beyond the Stables
“We use the Roger Pen wherever we go, like the zoo or the children’s museum,” said Barquet. “Jack loves it, too, because he can hear me anywhere he goes.”
She’s also noticed her son has become more independent. “The Roger Pen gives him the freedom to be active outdoors without me feeling like I have to yell.”
“For the challenges he has, Jack reminds me what happiness is all about.”
Even when Jack is concentrating on coloring or reading at a busy restaurant, Barquet knows she can grab his attention in a normal tone because of the Roger Pen.
Barquet encourages other families with children with hearing loss to add a Roger Pen into their homes. “It really changes your family and your outings,” she said.
And as for Jack, he gets to enjoy just being a six-year-old boy. “For the challenges he has, Jack reminds me what happiness is all about,” shared Barquet.