Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Katie Baker, 14, and her mom, Deseret Baker, sign to each other on their couch in their house in Boise on Jan. 22.

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For her daughter Katie’s 8th birthday, Deseret Baker took her to see “Frozen.” Being partially deaf and using a hearing aid, Katie requires closed-caption glasses at the movies, but the back and forth with theater staff to get the glasses to work caused them to miss the first 20 minutes and, in frustration, to leave.

After contracting meningitis when she was 7 months old, Katie slowly lost her hearing, fully losing it in her left ear and needing a hearing aid in her right. Struggling with bulky and ineffective captioning devices at theaters is not unique to the now 14-year-old — more than 200,000 Idahoans have a hearing impairment.

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Riley Bunch is the night reporter for the Idaho Press. Reach her at 208-465-8169 or follow @rbunchIPT on Twitter.

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