Thanks to the kindness of strangers and a unique fund at Cincinnati Children’s, a local family is celebrating a special gift.
Twenty-month-old Katie Hodapp was born unable to hear because the hair cells and nerves of her inner ears didn’t work properly. But thanks to the Cincinnati Children’s Hearing Aid Trust (CCHAT), Katie recently received hearing aids.
CCHAT is funded through private donations and strives to provide Ohio children, from birth to age 3, with their first set of hearing aids at no cost.
“The hearing aids are $4,000 each, and insurance doesn’t cover any of it,” explained the toddler’s mother, Libby Hodapp.
Katie’s parents say the special fund has given their family and many others a gift they could never repay.