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Share these stories on #CochlearImplantDay - Tuesday 25 February

Tuesday, February 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Veteran Stories

Q&A with Gary Roush, US Army Veteran

Gary Roush is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot. He flew in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and was diagnosed with service connected bilateral hearing loss during his exit physical from the Army in 1970. He began wearing aids purchased from a private practice audiologist in 1981. After a local veterans’ service organization officer noticed his hearing aids, he was encouraged to seek hearing healthcare support from the local VA in 1985. He discovered that veterans could be compensated for tinnitus caused by service-related noise exposure in 2003 after reading about it in an audiologist’s waiting room. His journey to a cochlear implant began ten years later.

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Empowering the Next Generation of CI Users

Kennedy Patlan, a 24-year recipient of bilateral cochlear implants helped us open CI2019 in Miami by sharing her experience and empowering future users. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and currently resides in Washington, DC. Here are highlights from her well received speech to the conference attendees.

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Click here to see her speaking at CI2019 Miami


A Cochlear Implant for Zayd's Unilateral Hearing Loss

Before his second birthday, Zayd’s mother, Saba Ashfaq of West Virginia, realized that her son was not responding to her voice as he had in the past. Knowing that he experienced a head injury at 19 months, she knew there was the potential for hearing loss. It took over a year to confirm that her son now had profound deafness in his right ear. Thus began an eight month journey to the surgery and the challenge of obtaining Medicaid coverage for Zayd’s unilateral hearing loss.

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The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.