After being born hard of hearing, one Texoma girl is defying the odds by participating in the Cotton County 4H speech contest.
Paisley Harrison, 8, was born with hearing loss and at the age of three, she was able to receive Cochlear implants to help with this problem. After participating in four years of tap dancing, Paisley made a big choice to pursue competitive swimming and now practices three times a week. On Thursday she again conquered another feat by giving a speech at the Cotton County 4H speech contest over the Cochlear implants she received
“The processor it comes to the top of my implant and it comes down to the coil and then it reaches this thing and it goes to my head,” Paisley said.
Her mother Summer Harrison is a certified deaf education teacher and knew early on that her daughter had hearing problems.
“We had done multiple tests and it was kind of she can hear, no she can’t, yes she can,” Harrison said. “There was never a definitive yes she can or no she can’t until at her nine-month checkup. I told her pediatrician that we’ve got to figure this out.”
Paisley’s brother Patton also lost his hearing at the age of three and she said she helps him with his hearing implants.
“I taught him how to kind of put his implants on the charger,” Paisley said.
His speech is just another step of her life as she continues to overcome the obstacles and help change lives.
During Thursday’s contest, Paisley won a blue award for outstanding performance and was also named the grand champion. Her next adventure is to show sheep at a 4H competition next year.