AG Bell Board Welcomes New Member

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
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AG Bell Board Welcomes New Member

AG Bell is excited to announce the recent appointment of Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, to the AG Bell Board of Directors beginning November 1.

Howard W. Francis, M.D., MBA, is professor and deputy director of the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University where he specializes in otology and neurotology and directs the Johns Hopkins Listening Center and its multidisciplinary cochlear implant team. He obtained his medical education from the Harvard Medical School and his internship, residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. Francis is an internationally recognized ear and skull base surgeon committed to advancing these fields through clinical innovation, research and education.

"Howard Francis is a true luminary in the field and AG Bell has the good fortune to have him join the organization's board of directors," said AG Bell CEO Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. "His clinical and academic expertise combine powerfully with his passion to optimize communication outcomes for and improve the lives of all his patients, which truly aligns with AG Bell's mission to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing."

Click here to read the press release.

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On a New Partnership and Two Conferences

In this week's "Speaking from the Volta Bureau," Emilio Alonso-Mendoza highlights an exciting new partnership with the Oberkotter Foundation and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. Also, he tells us about two conferences focused on helping individuals with hearing loss. Click here to read the column.

Join us at the First Ever Maryland/DC Chapter Inaugural Meeting

Do you live in Washington, D.C., or Maryland? Are you passionate about advancing listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing? AG Bell is thrilled to announce its newest chapter for Washington, D.C., and Maryland! All are welcome - families, adults with hearing loss and professionals! The chapter is having its inaugural meeting on Thursday, October 22, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Volta Bureau (3417 Volta Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007). At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet the chapter's president Carrie Nicholsen and her hearing dog, Lilly. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the chapter, please email [email protected]. Please RSVP by today, October 15 to [email protected] or call 202-204-4683. Street parking available. We look forward to seeing you!

Deaf Soccer Player and Model Inspires

Jamie Clarke is a celebrated soccer player in the Deaf Champion League and a model. After being one of the first patients to receive a cochlear implant at age 6, Jamie attended mainstream schools through college, where he launched his professional soccer career. He is also part of the Kenneth Cole fashion designer's "The Courageous Class." Click here to see Jamie talk about his career and read more about him.

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Hearing Health Forum on Capitol Hill Reminder

Join us in advancing listening and spoken language on Capitol Hill! The Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC), of which AG Bell is an active member, is hosting a Hearing Health Forum and Reception on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) will be honorary co-hosts of the event. Hearing screenings, earbud noise testing and professional advice will be available to attendees during the forum. Please RSVP to Matthew Jones at [email protected] or 202-712-9050. Click here to learn more.

Amazon, Inc. Agrees to Expand Closed Captions on Amazon Video

Amazon has entered an agreement that will extend Amazon's ongoing captioning even deeper into its back catalog of TV shows and movies streamed through its on-demand entertainment service, Amazon Video. This agreement increases access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television shows that are streamed online. Click here to read more about this agreement.

Financial Aid Resources for Hearing Aids

Access to sound right from the start is critical for children who are deaf and hard of hearing to develop listening and spoken language, yet cost can be a significant financial barrier. There are a number of resources available to provide assistance with the cost of hearing technology. Read more.

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