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The Story of Hz

All companies have their story of how they came about into existence. These stories are the epitome of the mission statement and why the company exists. Stories resonate with people as well as inspire and create communities of people with similar experiences. Hz is no exception.


It all began in Rochester when Greyson moved into a house. He has this strong sense of independence. He found that this was continually hindered while living with a hearing roommate. He would constantly disturb his roommate’s sleep in middle of the night. Unconsciously, Greyson would be playing piano with all the old wood floorboards across the house. It got to the point where his roommate would wake up to tell him how much noise he was making. Why did his roommate have to explain that to him? Because Greyson is Deaf.


Another situation arose which pushed Greyson to realize something has to be done. Greyson’s girlfriend, Chrystal, has a daughter named Mckenzie.

She is six years old. Chrystal and Mckenzie are both able to hear and communicates with Greyson using American Sign Language (ASL).

Chrystal left to run some errands and Greyson was responsible for babysitting Mckenzie for the next few hours. Greyson decided to prepare dinner for when Chrystal arrived back. Mckenzie wanted to play with Lucy, the new kitten they had just adopted. Mckenzie and Lucy were playing on the stairs in the room adjacent to the kitchen while Greyson threw some stuff in the oven. Five minutes later, Greyson went to check on Mckenzie. He found that she had missed a step and fell down the stairs and was crying for help.

At that point, the self-reliant Deaf resident lost confidence and the independence he once had at home. He knew there had to be a solution to make sure that essential sounds like a young child crying would not go unheard by other homeowners. “I need a system that can alert me when these kinds of situations happen”, said the Deaf home-owner.


These experiences inspired him to start Hz Innovations which would do just that; allow people with hearing loss to encounter sound awareness and grant them the ability to recognize sounds in their surroundings. By creating a system to alert people of not only critical sounds like smoke detectors and children crying but also everyday sounds like appliances beeping and ringing doorbells, Greyson would be able to get back his confidence and independence, then share it with others all over the world.


There’s a fun paradox to this story. A Deaf founder who wants to create a company that revolves around sound awareness. I see this as the most unique feature that allows Hz Innovations to deviate from other contenders in the sound industry. Greyson and myself were born Deaf and we both use hearing assistive devices. Being Deaf, we fully understand the problem. This is a huge advantage in pushing the company forward and knowing what our customers need.