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American Cochlear Implant Alliance hosts US Senator Kay Hagan at UNC pediatric cochlear implant prog

Friday, August 23, 2013  
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US Senator Kay Hagan visits UNC's Center for the Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), a family centered program for pediatric cochlear implant and hearing users.  The meeting was arranged by the ACI Alliance and UNC Ear and Hearing Center of UNC Hospitals to showcase the superlative early intervention services provided in North Carolina for families of children with hearing loss.  North Carolina has a long history of providing families with comprehensive, unbiased information about the range of communication and technology options available to children with hearing loss. Dr. Craig Buchman, Chairman of ACI Alliance, and others from the UNC Ear and Hearing Center spent the morning with Senator Hagan demonstrating first-hand the audiology and therapy services provided at their center. Center clinicians emphasized the critical role of early intervention in getting children on an early path to language development.  Families shared their experiences with Senator Hagan, who noted the importance of the "investment our government has made in research through NIH funding" and the impact it has had on the lives of children and adults who are deaf. 

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