Spanish-Language Video on Newborn Hearing Screening

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Spanish-Language Video on Newborn Hearing Screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program has produced a video for Spanish-speaking families who are in need of a follow-up hearing screening for their baby. The video, "¿Qué tan bien oye su hijo? Lo que los padres deben saber" (How well can your child hear? What parents need to know), was initiated in response to a request from members of the national EHDI Diversity Committee.

In this video, Spanish-speaking families describe their real-life experiences when they received "did not pass" or "refer" results for their babies' hearing screening. In this culturally appropriate Spanish-language video, parents tell how they felt when they were given the results and what they did next. Their stories provide facts and encouragement to help others seek out the follow-up services. Click here to watch video.

For next steps for parents, the AG Bell Spanish-language website provides information on hearing loss, language development, hearing technology and early intervention that are valuable resources for families. The Spanish-language center will be growing and expanding to add even more resources in the future. Please refer Spanish speaking families to the CDC video and the AG Bell Spanish-language website for valuable resources.

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The Joy of Seeing our Children Succeed

This time of year at AG Bell is incredibly busy, but it's also filled with wonderful experiences. Emilio Alonzo-Mendoza highlights two of the outstanding scholars and next-generation leaders who are receiving support from AG Bell's College Scholarship and Financial Aid programs. Read more to be inspired by their successes, and to find out how you can help more children and young adults reach their potential.

NIH Strategic Plan Webinars 
In order to advance its mission, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing a 5-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan to outline a vision for biomedical research that will pursue fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and apply that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability. The plan identifies crosscutting areas of research exemplifying the breadth of NIH Institutes', Centers', and Offices' priorities and aims to outline a set of unifying principles to guide NIH in pursuit of its mission. 

As part of their efforts, they are gathering feedback on the proposed framework through the Request for Information (RFI) and a series of public webinars.  

  • Wednesday, August 5 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, August 11 at 3:30 - 5:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, August 13 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm ET 

Please join these webinars to discuss the proposed strategic plan. The webinars will include a Q & A period, and they encourage you to submit questions during the event. You may also submit questions in advance by email at Visit the registration site for more information and to register.  

Play to Learn: Games for Language Skills

The last part of summer usually drags on due to the hazy, hot, and humid summer blues. Put a little excitement into this phase by using play time as a time for language development. Click here to read about ideas of how to turn play into learning. 

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Apple Wants to Make iPhone Work Better with Hearing Aids
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 52 patents in June 2015, including a notable patent for a new hearing aid technology that would make the iPhone an even better device for people with hearing loss. This new hearing aid technology described in the patent could be implemented in a portable audio device, like the iPhone, in order to detect if the user has a hearing aid and then automatically adjust the audio signal so you don't have to adjust the hearing aid yourself. Click here to read more about this development by blogger, George Tinari.

Hybrid Cochlear Implants Could Help Millions

A large-scale research study on hybrid cochlear implants demonstrated promising results for the devices which were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014. Researchers at 10 U.S. medical centers provided hybrid cochlear implants into one ear of 50 men and women. All study participants had significant high-frequency hearing loss, which prevented them from understanding speech, especially in the presence of background noise. Participants had sufficient low-frequency hearing, which precluded the use of a traditional cochlear implants. A year after receiving the hybrid cochlear implants, 45 study participants showed overall improvement in their hearing and speech recognition, and no one's hearing and speech recognition got worse. Click here to read more about the study.

Recurring Gift Donation to AG Bell

Donors have the option of giving on a monthly or yearly basis as part of the recurring gift program. At AG Bell, a recurring gift helps us in our work of informing families, raising awareness, preparing professionals and building communities that will help our children Listen, Speak and Succeed. Click here to sign up for a Recurring Gift donation and help children hear and talk.

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