DOWNINGTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Yaduraj Choudhary wears many hats these days. A 12th grader at Downingtown STEM Academy, he is a content creator, full-time student and founder and president of a non-profit organization. He recently founded 3 Tiny Bones to raise awareness and destigmatize hearing loss.
“More than 1 billion people around the world are at risk of hearing loss,” he says.
This is a matter close to his heart. Choudhary was born with hearing loss and required four surgeries on the ossicles – the three smallest bones in the human body. He says he was bullied in 6th grade because of his hearing aid.
“We just want to make sure we destigmatize hearing loss and protect children’s hearing. Hearing is a vital sense. It’s important that we protect it because we use it every day… Those causes align for me, and that’s why I started 3 Tiny Bones,” Choudhary said.
This year he has met with Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and Pennsylvania State officials to champion his cause.
And the Chester County Commissioners recently presented Choudhary with a proclamation recognizing his work and designating October as Hearing Loss Prevention Month.
“The issue is so very important. Often such issues, which do not affect most of our population, are nonetheless extremely important. We don’t want students to fall behind because they’re afraid to speak up that they have something called a hearing loss. We want students to know that there is a lot we can do to support them,” said Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell.
Choudhary says the most important things about protecting your hearing are listening to music at a safe volume, staying away from loud noises, and not being afraid to use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones in noisy places.
To learn more about 3 Tiny Bones, please visit https://3tinybones.org
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