Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jewelry For Hearing Aids

Business Beginnings 
Part 2 of 2
I was so awed when I stumbled upon Hayleigh's Cherished Charms, a website that's not even a month old. For starters the affordable jewelry is specifically designed to decorate any hearing aid, the first I know of. What's also remarkable is the age of Hayleigh Scott, the designer, creator and entrepreneur. She is only 10 years old - now the youngest jewelry artisan I have ever come across.

Her personal story is even more inspiring. Hayleigh was born with a life-threatening birth defect. She had congenital diaphragmatic hernia - she had a hole in her diaphragm so her internal organs were in the wrong places. She had major corrective surgery when she was just a day old and miraculously pulled through.


As if that was not enough challenges for this plucky youngster, Hayleigh was later found to be hearing impaired. She started wearing hearing aids at 18 months. Even at a tender young age, she noticed the other children in the special school she attended were self-conscious of their hearing aids and hid them behind their hair. Hayleigh was different. She said, "I wanted to make my hearing aids shine and be fancy and proud of my hearing aids." So at age 5, together with her sisters including her mirror image identical twin, she started drawing designs on how to make the hearing aids "shine".

Her parents helped her learn to make jewelry, launch her own business and set up her own website. Today, Hayleigh and her sisters design and make all jewelry to sell in their own workshop area in their home. What impressed me was Hayleigh's patience. She also holds a provisional US patent on the clasps, hearing aid scrunches and tube twists which took 3 long years - she was granted it only in September. Until then, Hayleigh could not wear her creations or promote them in any way. Now she can!

Hayleigh's Cherished Charms are also a hit in audiologist offices across the country who started to carry her displays. 10% of the profits from Hayleigh's business go to hearing impairment research and the education of those who are hearing impaired. You can contact Hayleigh at cherishedcharms at gmail dot com.


Last Word : By sheer coincidence I am currently reading the intriguing book Outliers: The Story of Success. The author, Malcolm Gladwell tries to answer the question why some people become so successful while others with just as much talent if not more, never reach their potential. His compelling examples of opportunities, support and circumstance provided early coupled with innate talent and drive as the key to success make it a fascinating read.

Hayleigh is indeed charmed many times over and on track for future success according to the book. She is blessed with parents, Rachel and Andrew, who not only chose to give her life (the medical option was to abort the 16 week old fetus in favor of her healthy twin) but have also supported her original idea and are helping her grow as an entrepreneur. Hayleigh's sisters Vienna and Sarah also have their own businesses selling purses and tote bags.
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13 comments :

Bev's Jewelry said...

Wow! What a great story. I have an audioligist friend who reads this blog who will be very interested in this product.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Congratulations to Hayleigh...a wonderful story...

Cheers

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

What a fabulous story and budding artisan/entreprenuer! A unique idea that should surely bring Hayleigh some good press -best wishes on your business Hayleigh!
-Stephanie

H said...

Hello Everyone,
I'm Hayleigh's mother. I am so touched by what I have read in this article and by your comments. Please know that every comment you write will be read by Hayleigh and will feed her heart and soul. Thank you for all of your encouragement! Rachel
p.s. I have included an email I sent to Pearl right after I read the post. Enjoy!

Dear Pearl,

Rachel here (Hayleigh's mom) - I just popped on Hayleigh's email while she is at school just to get an idea of what we will need to tackle after school to fill orders, etc. when I read your email and looked at your post. I am literally sitting here in tears.

You are such a blessing to us - what a wonderful article! I just am so thrilled that your paths crossed and that in this busy world you took time to make a little girl feel special, important, and valuable. I can not wait to pick Hayleigh up from school and to share your post with her.

I wish you all of the very best and want you to know that you have really touched out lives. I can't thank you enough, Rachel

Joyce said...

Wow! So young and so talented!

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BetteJo said...

I love this idea! I love that Hayleigh took something other kids were hiding and uncovered them and is helping other kids to see they do not need to be embarrassed! What a lovely gift and what wonderful jewelry!

H said...

Thank you for your nice compliments! I'm really enjoying doing what I do!

Your Friend,
Hayleigh

monkeyDluffy said...

It is so Cute. I am going to buy one of it and I will give it to my friend’s daughter. I am sure she will love that kind of hearing aid.
Hearing Aids Scottsdale AZ

Cate said...

Repost!

northern sydney said...

Wow! What a great story. I have an audioligist friend who reads this blog who will be very interested in this product. I love this idea! I love that Hayleigh took something other kids were hiding and uncovered them and is helping other kids to see they do not need to be embarrassed! What a lovely gift and what wonderful jewelry!
audiologists

dragonswing said...

I love this idea!!! I have a hearing problem too--due to an auto accident in which the ossicles were broken. I am so happy to see someone, esp a little girl, who was not embarrassed with her hearing aid and instead chose to decorate it. I wish her continued success. Now I must go visit her site.

Pearl Blay said...

She is a truly inspiring girl!

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