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Kendall Sprock-Parrett listens for tones during a hearing test at St.Joseph's Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Post Falls on December 7, 2012. Kendall was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma, a cyst located in the middle ear and skull bone. Kendall is deaf in his left ear and has lost half his hearing in his right. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Kendall Sprock-Parrett listens for tones during a hearing test at St.Joseph's Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Post Falls on December 7, 2012. Kendall was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma, a cyst located in the middle ear and skull bone. Kendall is deaf in his left ear and has lost half his hearing in his right. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

The Sprocks: Kendall, 16

He’s a junior at Lake City High School, drives a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer and is working to become an Eagle Scout. He plays piano, performs with his school jazz band and recently started giving music lessons.

Kendall also is losing his hearing due to chronic ear infections and cholesteatoma, a skin cyst in the middle ear and skull bone. After several surgeries, Kendall is deaf in his left ear and has lost half his hearing in his right.

“That’s what hurts the most, because he wants to play piano. It’s all he wants to do,” said his mother.

His hearing aids help little. He can hear sounds but struggles to understand words. He also has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression.

Kendall took up piano when he was in second grade and now learns music by ear. At home he spends hours playing an electric keyboard in his room. The music filters through the house.

“I love to listen to him play,” Sprock said.



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