Lauren, who wears cochlear implants, has never let hearing loss limit her. Always active in sports and academics, it wasn’t until college that she found her true calling. Today, she is completing her doctorate in audiology, connecting with patients on a deeper, shared level with the help of her “partner in crime” Elroy, a hearing service dog. A top student, she will present her research, Listening Fatigue Among Adolescents with Hearing Loss, at the 2022 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national conference. Her “Hearing Lauren” blog on Instagram is upbeat and full of real-life solutions for those struggling with hearing loss. Lauren also volunteers for the Hearing Loss Association of America and provides social content for the Alexander Graham Bell Association.