Braden Baker was born on November 14, 2006, and his story is unlike any other 15-year-olds you would come across. Baker was born with a hearing condition called bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, which made it difficult for him to hear. When he was just three months old, his parents got him hearing aids, which eased his development tremendously. Fast forward 10 years later, Baker’s family pet dog, Chewy, ate his hearing aids, and they had to get replaced. A few wise words from his mum and the genuine intention to make a difference set Baker down his activism path while helping hundreds of children along the way.
Braden Baker was diagnosed with a hearing condition that affects the inner ear, making it hard to hear soft and sometimes even loud noises. From a very young age, he required external help to hear clearly. That help came in the form of hearing aids when he was just three months old. Ashley admits that the aid helped ease his development tremendously. At six months, Baker was enrolled in speech therapy, and after a few years, he had no speech delays and was talking just like his peers. In school, his teachers would use an F.M. system to make sure he never missed a thing, making it easy for him to learn at the same pace as his classmates.
The small family of four owns a cute Shih Tzu dog called Chewy. Early in 2017, Baker fell ill and was laying down with his hearing aids put aside, when Chewy ate them! This unfortunate predicament led to a lengthy talk about the responsibility and value of money. The parents sat their son down to explain how expensive hearing aids were, how lucky he was to have them, and that he had never had to go without them for long. They also pointed out what a blessing it was that they could afford hearing aids and how so many children in the world were without that privilege. You would think that would have been enough to make the then 10-year-old more cautious and responsible, but a couple of months later, Chewy struck again. In March of the same year, Baker left his hearing aids lying around carelessly, and Chewy ate them again. This second incident could not go over his parents’ heads, and this time, the disciplinary talk came in full force, adding the fact that insurance did not cover hearing aids, and a pair could cost as much as $6,000. Luckily enough, that particular device was covered under its warranty, and this talk hit the right spot with the young boy. Baker was saddened by the thought of other kids not being able to afford hearing aids, and he took it upon himself to act.
He already loved making videos with his older brother, so he used that to create a campaign video for his newly formed GoFundMe page to raise money for hearing aids for the needy, specifically for his hearing aid brand’s Oticon Hearing Foundation. The video was shared on his mom’s Facebook page, and the response was incredible. They were able to surpass their initial goal of $1,000 and make a total of $15,000 toward the campaign, and that was just the starting point. Since then, Baker has gone on to become a full-blown child activist, continually making more videos, appearances on T.V. shows like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TEDx Talks,” and becoming an ambassador for organizations like Hearing The Call and Fort Worth ISD.
Baker launches his GoFundMe campaign to raise money for children in need of hearing aids.
Baker presents a check for $15,000 gained from his campaign to the Oticon Hearing Foundation.
Baker makes an appearance as a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Baker becomes an ambassador for Hearing the Call and builds a relationship with Fort Worth ISD.
Baker travels to Guatemala with Hearing The Call and the Oticon Hearing Foundation to volunteer under the country's sole audiologist, Dr. Paty Castellanos.
Why We Love Braden Baker
He’s only a kid
The most interesting fact about Baker is that he is only a kid. This young activist turns just 16 this year and has been able to impact so many lives in his short time on earth.
He’s a true inspiration
If Baker’s story doesn’t inspire you to be a bit more selfless and helpful, then rarely anything will. He is truly changing the world, one hearing aid at a time.
He is more than his impairment
Baker encourages other children dealing with hearing impairments to not let their conditions hold them back from embracing life to its fullest. He is living his life as an example and also has a campaign slogan “find your purpose and do something with it.”
5 Surprising Facts
He’s an official superhero
In December 2019, Marvel Comics named Baker a “true superhero” as part of Marvel’s Hero Project, giving him the name Battlin’ Braden.
He loves to skate
Baker owns a skateboard and loves to use it!
He’s a pro-rubix-cube-solver
Baker owns about 20 Rubik’s cubes and can solve any of them in less than 30 seconds.
He has another interesting pastime
Baker is a lover of sports and particularly loves wake surfing.
He loves making paper shapes
Baker has displayed his origami talent in different videos on YouTube.
Braden Baker FAQs
How did Braden Baker help with Hurricane Harvey?
He flew to the hearing aid foundation in New Jersey to present a $15,000 check for sending hearing aid supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims.
Does Braden Baker surf with his hearing aids?
He doesn’t. Currently, no hearing aids are being marketed as completely waterproof, so it is advisable to leave them on the beach before hitting the waves.
Is Braden Baker’s GoFundMe page still active?
Yes, Baker’s GoFundMe campaign is still very much active and its current earnings sit at over $130,000 and counting.
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