I want to thank you for reading this letter. My name is Vaughn Brown, 31 years old. Today I am asking for your generous donation to help me upgrade my 2 Cochlear implant processors. The Nucleus 5 processors are becoming obsolete as of March 31st. One has already gone obsolete and has failed. With the N5 being obsolete repairs and replacement parts are not available. My State insurance is refusing to help and I do not work enough hours to have employer insurance coverage.

                Growing up I skied, snowboarded, fished, camped, hiked, took years of horseback riding lessons in varying disciplines, and still to this day I enjoy many of these healthy pastimes with the assistance of being able to hear.  As a working professional who happens to be deaf-blind I rely heavily on the most maximized hearing as I possibly obtain. My professions includes part-time office assistant at Home Instead Senior Care, private percussion instructor, and horse massage therapist. My past employment included music director at the Washington State School for the Blind and various phone jobs during college. The Cochlear implants enabled me to attend several colleges and obtain a music degree from Berklee College of Music. In my professional life being a bilateral cochlear implant user enables me to attend work meetings, use my screen reading software at work for computer tasks, and confidently handle phone calls. I also rely on the implants to perform as a working musician and pass on the art of music to my students.

                For my safety I need to safely determine traffic surges when traveling on the streets as other information such as where buses are, trains, getting through airports etc., hear where the horse is when working at a stable as a massage therapist, and perform and teach music successfully. I am also planning on attending law school to study civil rights law in the very near future. Without the fullest capability of hearing I am unable to engage in social settings. This does not only include private gatherings but my martial arts classes and other physical activities that enable a healthy lifestyle and social engagement.

                The upgrading to the Nucleus 7 processors offers a variety of benefits that will enhance my life even further. It offers a wider variety of Bluetooth options for use on the phone and in group social and professional settings. I enjoy listening to audio books and will be able to use other options to hear directly my screen readers on the computer. Other meaningful benefits include a greatly enhanced water proofing that would enable me to enjoy swimming and kayaking without the fear of water damage; I’ve never had the enjoyment of socializing while being in a pool or otherwise swimming, and being blind I am unable to lip-read or freely use sign language. There is the fact that the N7 now offers ways of keeping the processors on the ear or connected to clothing to prevent it falling off or getting lost.

                As a blind individual it is extremely important to get as much audio input as possible no matter the setting; that it be professional, social, traveling, and sports. With your kind donation I will be able to upgrade to the next generation devices at a discounted cost. It is $9, 775 per side, one for the left, one for the right. Thank you very kindly for giving me the continued contribution to society and to the workforce.




Vaughn Brown


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Vaughn Brown 
Vancouver, WA
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