Adam's Cochlear Implant Upgrade

This campaign is designed to help support Adam for a new cochlear implant upgrade, The Sonnet.

Welcome! My name is Adam. Please watch my video to hear about the journey! Read below for details.

The Sonnet costs $9, 600. My goal is $5,250.

I am a writer, videographer and certified yoga teacher. I bring my quest to the internet, to the hearts of people willing to listen and receive. I believe we are all story-tellers and have a tale to share. 

At age 2, I was diagnosed with a moderate to severe hearing loss. I began using hearing aids, but my hearing loss continued until I became completely deaf at 5 years old. The doctors were uncertain and left with no explanation as to why this had happened. Unsure of what to do, my parents sought out answers.

Shortly after, I was enrolled in a ground-breaking clinical trial. I was surgically implanted with a cochlear implant in my right ear at the University of Michigan. It was at that time I would become a prodigy in the world of cochlear implants, charting as one of their highest performing users. I underwent speech therapy for most of my adolescence crafting me with nearly “perfect” speech, as a result of miracle and hard work.

It has been over six years since my last upgrade. I live a rather active lifestyle, spending much of my time in nature, doing video work and as a yoga instructor.

In 2016, my CI was water-damaged while taking a hot vinyasa class. That created enormous fear for me, as I was shown what living without my implant (hearing) looked like. It is essential to my everyday living. Thankfully, the problem was quickly resolved and all was well.

Recently, a similar problem resurfaced yet again and I knew in my heart, I needed to upgrade to Med-El’s newest model, The Sonnet.

Sonnet is priced at $9,600. My goal is to raise $5,250.

The Sonnet:

The Sonnet, has several new qualities that would improve my quality of life. 

Sonnet is highly water-resistant, which would bring so many things.

Walking in the rain. Taking a hot yoga class and hearing the teacher guide me. A hike on a hot day, while listening to the birds sing. Dancing in the sun at a concert and whole-heartedly enjoying the music. Being by the pool with family and friends. Removal of constant fear of it breaking, would be additionally amazing. It goes on and on. Sometimes, life is truly about.. the little things.

Sonnet also brings forth the newest technology, allowing me to hear better and more clearly. Sonnet has microphone directionality, wind-noise reduction and automatic volume control. It also has longer battery life, in addition to other highly advanced features.

Asking for money is new and even discomforting for me. However, I have found liberation in this surrender. There is freedom in asking for help, especially when the intention is pure and the cause is right.

Here I am, sharing to the hearts of people willing to listen and open to receive. I believe humans have an inherent kindness and want to help our fellow man. Sometimes, people have the willingness and ability to give. Anything helps and all is appreciated - no matter what happens.

I truly believe by achieving this - it does not just help and improve my life, but those around me as well.
Ripples make waves.

#SoundOfBliss #AdamsCIUpgrade #HelpHimHear

Thank you for reading and being present.
I appreciate you more than you know.


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Adam Boettger 
Highland Township, MI
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