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Inaugural Community Learning Event Helps Families Navigate Childhood Hearing Loss
TUSCALOOSA, Al., December 7, 2018 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) Alabama chapter will host the first-ever community learning expo on hearing loss at the University of Alabama. By making connections between families and professionals, this expo seeks to raise awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss in Alabama while educating parents and caregivers about the latest in pediatric hearing solutions. Families and caregivers of children who are deaf and hard of hearing can come together for a fun morning of activities for children, as well as learning events and presentations for adults. This is the first of many community expos jointly hosted all over the United States by AG Bell, Phonak and Advanced Bionics.
“We are excited to launch the first-ever AG Bell community learning expo with the AG Bell Alabama chapter. This expo, in partnership with Phonak and Advanced Bionics, will not only help raise awareness but will also open doors for the local community by providing educational programs, networking opportunities and resources that connect professionals and families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Lisa McBee-Granados, AG Bell chapter relations manager.
Phonak and Advanced Bionics have partnered with AG Bell Alabama to help implement the inaugural community learning event.
“Advanced Bionics and Phonak are very passionate about unlocking the doors to a child’s developing brain,” said Sarah Downing, audiologist and senior director of consumer outreach and engagement at Advanced Bionics. “That’s why we’re so proud to support AG Bell through the first of eight Community Expos around the country, allowing us to provide hands-on education for parents so they can ‘Experience the Possibilities’ for their child. As powerfully connected companies with best-in-class hearing technology, we’re dedicated to helping children throughout their hearing loss journeys with any solution they might need, so they can become powerfully connected to their families and friends.”
All 58 hospitals in Alabama have newborn screening programs, screening 95 percent of children born in the state of Alabama. In Alabama, 60-180 children are born deaf or hard of hearing annually and 16 percent of Alabamans over 18 report some degree of hearing loss.
About the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and live a life without limits. With chapters located in the United States, AG Bell International in Europe and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Working Globally to Ensure That People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing can Hear and Talk. Visit www.agbell.org.
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Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, was created in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As the industry’s leading innovator, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where ‘Life is on’ for everyone.
About Advanced Bionics (AB)
AB is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best. AB offers the most sophisticated cochlear implant system on the market, the HiResolution™ Bionic Ear System, with five times more sound resolution than its competitors, designed to help recipients hear in noisy settings and enjoy the full dimensions of music and tonal languages. With sales in over 50 countries and a proven track record for developing high-performing, state-of-the-art products, AB’s talented, world-wide group of technologists and professionals are driven to succeed, work with integrity and stay firmly committed to quality.