Listen and Talk Blog

SOUND BITES: Hunter and Riley

by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Hunter and Riley

"Hunter and Riley wanted to come back and visit the students at Listen and Talk. It was tough to logistically get them here today, but we knew it was worth it, so we made it happen... Our daughters received early intervention services and attended preschool here. When they entered grade school, they were right on par with their peers...the school was impressed at how well Listen and Talk had prepared the girls! It really confirmed our decision to bring them here. Our whole extended family has so much appreciation and respect for Listen and Talk. Hunter and Riley are happy, well-adjusted, and brilliant kids and because of Listen and Talk, their potential knows no bounds."


by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Ariele

"This was the FM system I used 20 years ago when I was a child with hearing loss. It's amazing how hearing technology has changed. Back then, it wasn't as simple as connecting a receiver to a hearing aid or implant. Now, it's better, more efficient, more reliable. Here's a polaroid of me as a preschooler with my educational audiologist. I had her support until I graduated from high school. Now, I'm a Teacher of the Deaf. And when I am working with a kiddo who is frustrated with their FM, I like to share this story. I hope it gives them some perspective about how far hearing technology has come."

And the winner is...

by Listen and Talk Staff


Congratulations to Listen and Talk alum, Caroline, for her recent award from AG Bell's Writing and Art Contest for Better Hearing and Speech Month! Caroline's illustration, "My Hamster's Noise on the Wheel" was awarded "Winner in Art: Elementary School or younger" as a response to the topic/question: "What is your favorite sound that you can hear with your hearing technology?"

CAROLINE_DRAWING Caroline's original artwork received high praise from contest judges: "A whimsical piece of art about something we may take for granted but a sound enjoyed by the artist!”

The winning entries will be displayed at the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Harborside Foyer Exhibit Area. Click here to learn more about the winners and their entries!

"Caroline was diagnosed with bilateral moderate hearing loss at birth and was aided shortly after. Her hearing loss continued to progress until her left ear was implanted one year ago. She now wears one hearing aid and one cochlear implant. Caroline was lucky to be diagnosed so early and went through a superb listening and spoken language program [at Listen and Talk] from birth until Kindergarten. She worked hard enough to never fall behind her hearing peers. She continues to thrive in mainstream public school.

Caroline’s favorite sound was inspired by her pet hamster, Pip. Pip makes a very soft, very cute pitter patter when she runs on her hamster wheel. Thanks to her cochlear implant, Caroline can lie in bed reading and happily listen to the quiet noises of her hamster!"

Our alumni students continue to inspire our community by sharing their unique experience with listening and spoken language, in creative and powerful ways. We can't wait to see what's next!

No Child is Limited by Hearing Loss

by Listen and Talk Staff


May is "Better Speech and Hearing Month" and we are celebrating Listen and Talk's vision that no child is limited by hearing loss. Through fundraising events with our friends at the University Lions Club and The Seattle Foundation, we are raising awareness of the powerful work happening in our community to support children who are deaf or hard of hearing and raising the funds necessary to continue delivering services to the families who need them.

University Lions Club


The University Lions Club is one of the largest and oldest service clubs in the region. The Club was chartered in 1924 and continues to be a force in the Seattle Community. Members include business and professional men and women, retirees, clergy and educators. The motto of Lions Clubs International is “We Serve.” The University Lions Club strives to live up to that motto every day.

This year, the University Lions held their 44th Annual Auction, "Starry, Starry, Night for Hearing and Sight" on May 16th at the Washington Convention Center. Since 2005, Listen and Talk has been a proud beneficiary of the Fund-a-Need portion of the auction. Proceeds from the evening’s Fund-a-Need will make a direct and significant impact on the lives of the families and children we serve at Listen and Talk.

At this year’s event, we celebrated Phoenix Meabon, a pre-K student in our Blended Classroom program. The Meabon Family shared their story and spoke about their unique experience at Listen and Talk. You can read their whole story here!

In addition to supporting organizations like Listen and Talk through financial contributions and volunteer efforts, the University Lions service activities include:

  • Hearing loss awareness campaigns
  • Hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid recycling program
  • Recreational camps for children with hearing loss
  • Projects for the greater hearing loss community

Thank you, University Lions!

GiveBIG Results

2015 Give Big

The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is a 1-day, online charitable giving event inspiring people to give generously to nonprofit organizations across the region.

Our community made a BIG difference and raised a record $9,362 for Listen and Talk, and we will receive an additional prorated portion of the matching funds thanks to donors of The Seattle Foundation. Overall, 39,036 GiveBIG donors raised over $16.3 million dollars in 24 hours.

Although it was an amazing day of community giving, there are many ways for you to support Listen and Talk all year round! Learn more or Donate Now on our website through our secure online giving form.

Sound Possibilities

by Listen and Talk Staff

"Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing!"

Sound Possibilities, our 9th Annual Benefit and Auction, took place at the Mountaineers Program Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The evening included exciting silent and live auctions, a rousing game of Heads or Tails, a sinfully sweet Dessert Dash,  a heartfelt parent testimonial from Jodi and Mark Kawabata, and a powerful video featuring the children of Listen and Talk's early days—who are now all grown up!




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2013 | 2014 Gratitude Report

by Listen and Talk Staff


No child is limited by hearing loss. This vision of Listen and Talk drives all we do. We seek to enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to have every opportunity for independent and successful lives.

Listen and Talk is the Pacific Northwest’s largest provider of early intervention and classroom services for children developing listening and spoken language, and we continue to grow rapidly. As awareness grows around what is possible for babies born deaf or hard of hearing, Listen and Talk is sought out, powering dramatic growth. Moreover, our amazing alumni are living our vision in an ever-expanding number of schools and professions, and in so doing they are telling our story in the most powerful way. And the new students keep coming. The reality is that our growth is limited by our fundraising ability, not our service delivery capabilities.

In recent years, we have further strengthened our organization’s ability to drive toward our vision. We have added to our amazing team of experts, expanded audiology, and invested in board development. We have innovated service delivery for children and families, including the development of our groundbreaking tele-health model. We have participated in a multi-center study with colleagues from around the country, expanded community awareness of the importance of early identification and intervention, made investments in the tracking and reporting of child and family outcomes, shared our expertise locally and nationally, and enhanced our facility.

As we embark on a new year, a year that is bound to bring more children to our door bursting with potential that we are pleased to help unlock, I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and anticipation. To our partners and donors, we are humbled by the commitment you demonstrate to our organization and share this report to highlight what Listen and Talk is, and has become, because of you.

Thank you.

Suzanne Quigley, PhD, CCC-A
Executive Director

Volunteers at Work: Microsoft and United Way Day of Caring 2014

by Listen and Talk Staff

Chris, a Listen and Talk parent alum, and his wonderful family and co-workers at Microsoft came together on Friday, September 19 for United Way's Day of Caring to spruce up our playground spaces. The biggest job for the team was to prepare our new play area with 13 cubic yards of wood chips! Wow! The kids got to watch the wood chips travel through a giant hose from the dump truck. It was cool to watch—but very, very noisy! But it was all worth it, because the team got the job done, and now we are ready for the next steps in improving our playground spaces for the kids to enjoy all year round. Hooray! Thank you to these awesome volunteers who generously donated their time and efforts to give back to Listen and Talk. We are grateful for your service!

If your company or community group would like to volunteer at Listen and Talk, contact our Executive Director!

Making a Difference: Boeing Day of Caring 2014

by Listen and Talk Staff


On Saturday, July 26, we had an amazing group of volunteers who gathered at Listen and Talk for Boeing's Day of Caring and Global Month of Service! This enthusiastic crew spent the entire day working together to freshen up our indoor and outdoor spaces. We are grateful for their contributions! We are proud to be a part of this wonderful event that makes such a positive impact on our community. Thank you, Boeing!

If your company or community group would like to volunteer at Listen and Talk, contact our Executive Director!

Summer Playdates

by Listen and Talk Staff


Join Listen and Talk Classroom, Early Intervention, and Alumni families for Monday Playdates at Maple Leaf Park Every Monday afternoon this Summer @ 3pm through the end of Summer! This is a great opportunity to keep in touch, reconnect, and to make new friends. Everyone is welcome! No need to RSVP, just show up with the kids and enjoy the beautiful park, Summertime, and friendship!

Celebrate Hearing!

by Listen and Talk Staff


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! Listen and Talk is teaming up with inspirational partners on a series of educational and fundraising events celebrating the powerful work happening in our community to support children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A Message from Governor Jay Inslee

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recognizes Better Hearing and Speech Month and the Special Teams for Hearing Charity Event, Celebration of Hearing with Seattle Seahawks Derrick Coleman on May 23. The event will benefit five Seattle-based organizations who help people who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential. Tickets are still available!

Special Teams for Hearing:

Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss

Listen and Talk

Seattle Children's Hospital

University of Washington Hearing and Speech Sciences Department

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center



University Lions Club Auction


The University Lions Club is part of an international service organization chartered in 1924! Since 2005, Listen and Talk has been a beneficiary of the Fund-A-Need portion of their annual auction, generating over $15,000 for our programs each year! In addition to supporting organizations like Listen and Talk through financial contributions and volunteer efforts, their service activities include:

  • Hearing loss awareness campaigns
  • Hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid recycling program
  • Recreational camps for children with hearing loss
  • Projects for the greater hearing loss community

Learn more about the University Lions Club Auction!

GiveBIG Results


THANK YOU to our GiveBIG 2014 Donors! 31 Super-Donors gave BIG and raised a combined total of $6,500 to help underwrite technology spending at Listen and Talk—three times the amount we raised for this campaign last year. WOW!

The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event inspiring people to give generously to nonprofit organizations across the region and our GiveBIG donors made a BIG difference with their participation.

The staff and students of Listen and Talk are dependent on fundraising to keep our computers, iPads, and audiology technology current. You can still contribute to this important fund by making a secure donation online at our website with a note in the comments section about "technology".

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