Mackenzie graduated from Utah State University in 2018 with her BS in communication disorders and deaf education.
She has been working with the House of Hearing team since October 2018 and is interning to become board certified as a hearing instrument specialist.
She first developed an interest in hearing back in 2009 when her three-year-old brother was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss. Later on that year, her newborn sister was also diagnosed with the same hearing loss.
Her family went through learning ASL and finally decided that the best way for her siblings to communicate with their grandparents, cousins, and everyone else was to get cochlear implants.
Fast forward to ten years later and those siblings can hear and talk – one is captain of his soccer team and the other is top of her group in gymnastics. She’s so grateful that they can hear and communicate, and she wanted to be able to learn more about hearing loss so that she can help those around her to hear and communicate better.
During her time at House of Hearing, she has made a lasting impact on many members of the community. In particular, it makes her so happy anytime someone gets fitted with hearing aids for the first time and comes back to tell her all about the things they can now hear.
She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Urdaneta, Philippines, and is fluent in Tagalog. She hopes to go back in the future to help serve those who have a hearing loss.
Outside of helping people hear better, she likes to spend time with her husband and daughter doing whatever the weather will allow. When the weather is nice, they like to go and find places they can paddle.
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