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Dylan Claus: Healthy Kids is Music to this Boy’s Ears

DylanLike many children, Dylan’s problems with ear infections started as an infant. His infections, however, quickly became chronic. Despite her attempts to get treatment for Dylan’s painful ailment, Kelly Kavanaugh’s health insurance would not approve Eustachian tubes for her son. He didn’t meet the carrier’s required number of incidences to warrant the procedure. “Then when we lost that insurance, I couldn’t afford to take him to see a doctor,” says Kavanaugh.

At Dylan’s kindergarten checkup just two years ago, Kavanaugh mentioned to the pediatrician that Dylan incorrectly repeated words back to her and would often not respond at all when she addressed him with his back turned. The pediatrician referred Dylan to an ear specialist who found that the boy had a significant hearing loss. “This had been going on and we couldn’t treat it because we didn’t have insurance,” Kavanaugh says.

Since enrolling in Healthy Kids, seven-year-old Dylan has had three ear surgeries. He now has 100 percent of his hearing, and Kavanaugh sees a remarkable change in her son’s disposition. “People treated him like he wasn’t listening and they would turn it into behavioral issues. He just couldn’t hear,” she says. “He’s a happier kid now. He’s so excited to start school and he’s enjoying it now. Without Healthy Kids, we couldn’t have treated this. It’s such a relief knowing he’s healthy and on track.” Kavanaugh happily reports that this is the first summer Dylan has gone without an ear infection.