1 | Page Here is what’s new in our August 2019 Edition: Layperson’s Guide: A Journey Of Sound To The Brain (Video): Learn how sounds make their way from the source to your brain. Please CLICK on this link to watch this video: Layperson’s Guide What Is Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) And Neurofibromatosis?: A vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma, acoustic neurinoma, or acoustic neurilemoma) is a benign, usually slow-growing tumor that develops from the balance and hearing nerves supplying the inner ear. Please CLICK on this link: Layperson’s Guide Guidance Articles: Uncovering The Gaps In Hearing Health At All Ages: "On the day of the hearing test, I was not prepared for the news I was about to hear. My husband and I with our physician at VBWC. As she tested Lexi (our 8-9 month old), there was no response. I thought to myself, “She must be giving her soft sounds.” Beep, Beep, BEEEEEP! No response. Before I knew it, the chair turned, and Lexi was gently handed to us. All of our lives were transformed with a few compassionate and caring words. “I’m so sorry to tell you this; however, Lexi is in fact deaf,” our physician told us. That day, I remembered picturing her future in my mind. Please CLICK on this link to read more: Guidance Articles A Comprehensive Guide To Hearing Loss (Updated 2019): Hearing loss is one of the biggest public health issues facing the elderly. About 25 percent of those between 65 and 74 suffer from some form of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Hearing Disorders. Please CLICK on this link to read more: Guidance Articles

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2 | Page Current Research: World’s First Gene Therapy Trial For Hearing Loss: The study involves an investigational drug containing a gene that has been shown to produce hair cells in pre-clinical trials. Please CLICK on this link: Current Research My Story: Rebecca Alexander’s Story: This is the story of Rebecca Alexander, author of “Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found.” Rebecca has Usher Syndrome Type 3, which results in blindness and deafness. In this article Katherine Bouton, an advocate and educator for the deaf and hard of hearing, gives an account of her first encounter with Rebecca and how inspiring a person she is. Please CLICK on this link to read more: My Story How It All Works!: What Is A Hearing Test? What To Expect When You get A Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation: Dr. Clifford Olson, founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses the 5 tests that an Audiologist will perform when giving you a Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation, and describes what a hearing test is. Please CLICK on the following link: How It All Works! Advocacy Help: Would You Cure Your Hearing Loss?: At the moment, that’s a hypothetical question. A cure for hearing loss does not exist. But as Dr. Tom Friedman of the National Institutes of Health told an audience at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention in June, a cure for at least one type of hearing loss may be around the corner. Please CLICK on the following link: Advocacy Help

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