The sense of hearing brings meaning and wonder to the world around us. It allows us to learn language and communicate with friends and family.
The UT Dallas Callier Center is dedicated to improving the lives of children with hearing loss by providing the very best treatments available, by educating parents and children about the effects of hearing loss and by protecting children from exposure likely to cause hearing loss.
Even mild hearing loss can negatively affect a child’s ability to interact socially and succeed in school. Behavior, emotional development and academic performance are often areas of concern for children experiencing hearing loss.
Bailey Turfitt was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss in both ears as a result of Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts (EVA) at the age of two and a half. She received the diagnosis after her parents noticed that her speech was not developing properly. Just before she turned three, Bailey was fitted with her first pair of hearing aids. After receiving the aids, Bailey’s parents enrolled her in a preschool for children with communication disorders. The early intervention allowed Bailey to mainstream into kindergarten.
When Bailey was six years old, her family moved to Dallas. She began a lasting relationship with the Callier Center where she received pediatric hearing aid services throughout her childhood.
Living with a hearing impairment is difficult, but Bailey has refused to let that stop her from enjoying two of her passions: theater and music.
"The reason I am able to speak with you today is a direct result of my extensive speech therapy, provided by Callier. I’m excited for what the future holds for me and many others who are fortunate enough to have Callier as a resource." — Bailey Turfit