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News Round-Ups: Jacob Landis is named as “The Best Person in Sports,” Senator Kay Hagan visits UNC, and more…

August 26th, 2013 by | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing wrote a great letter to The Atlantic to clarify the misinformation that was presented in the article, “Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be ‘Fixed.’

A cochlear implant recipient who has been raising money to help families get cochlear implants by riding a bike to baseball stadiums, Jacob Landis, continues to inspire us!  He has been named as the “The Best Person in Sports” by FOX Sports!

95 Decibels, a film about parents’ journey to raising a child with hearing loss, can now be pre-ordered!

SkinIt is now making covers for MED-EL’s sound processors and remote control!

US Senator of North Carolina, Kay Hagan, visited Center for the Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), a very highly regarded programs for teaching deaf children to hear and speak at University of North Carolina.  The goal of her visit was to learn why it’s important for the government to invest in cochlear implants and how cochlear implants can help taxpayers save money in the long run.  She acknowledged that the government is largely responsible for allowing the creation of cochlear implants to happen:

“The incredible progress we have made in cochlear implant technology over the last decade has been partly the result of investment our government has made in research through NIH funding. Grayson is a real life example of how these research investments pay dividends in the long-term, and I am committed to making sure that these smart investments in our future do not become the victims of sequestration and partisan gridlock.”

I would like to add a personal note about how much impact the National Institutes of Health can create in researching and developing cochlear implants.  Graeme Clark, the inventor of the Nucleus® cochlear implant, and his research group were the first people outside of the US to receive US funding to create the technology. If it weren’t for the funding, I wouldn’t be hearing with the technology today (Source: Sounds from Silence by Graeme Clark).  Advanced Bionics has also received funding from NIH to create their own cochlear implant.

Check out this adorable video of a teenager getting her second cochlear implant activated after wearing a hearing aid for a number of years.

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