Lindsay Ganci lives and works in Port Washington, New York with her husband, Alec, their daughters Ruby (5) and Jayne (2), and their dog, Latke. Lindsay has held many roles in her professional and personal life, yet none has been more rewarding and inspiring than that of a mom. An advocate for unique abilities, Lindsay created Hear with Ruby, a movement with the goal of advocating for and supporting families of children with hearing loss.
In the interview with our Different & Able President and Founder, Alexandra Nicklas, Lindsay discusses how her family discovered Ruby’s hearing loss at the very beginning of the pandemic. Ruby was faced with the challenge of not only hearing her world fully, but the fact that it was difficult for her to communicate with others wearing masks. Before the pandemic, Ruby was able to rely on speechreading; the mandated masks that covered one’s mouth now caused Ruby to request, “Move your mask. I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Lindsay expresses the happiness she felt after Ruby received her hearing aids, knowing that Ruby was able to listen to the world and share sound-filled experiences. Today Ruby uses her “super ears” to give her new opportunities to hear. The Ganci family, through acceptance and celebration of uniqueness, shares Ruby’s story. They continue to raise awareness about hearing loss and help other children receive the hearing aids they need to hear, like Ruby.