Magazine article Volta Voices

Ag Bell Members in the Media

Magazine article Volta Voices

Ag Bell Members in the Media

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Young Cochlear Implant Recipient Featured in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota Media

A young bilateral cochlear implant recipient Mason Henoch and his family were featured on Cleveland's Channel 19 Action News (WOIO), Dayton's ABC 22 News and other local networks in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. The child and family participate in auditory-verbal therapy at the Cleveland Clinic with Donald Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, LSLS Cert. AVT, AG Bell president. Henoch was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in both ears right around his first birthday. After testing, the boy was deemed to be an excellent candidate for cochlear implants. "Every time when I see the surgeon with his or her skill put in the electrode array, I actually have chills up my arms, thinking, 'that's going to bring access to sound,'" Goldberg said. Henoch started forming his first words just a few weeks after his implants were activated. Watch the story on YouTube at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xr9_8iRGPqO.

Challenging Fears to Gain Strength

AG Bell Board member Rachel Arfa challenged herself with a Fear Experiment by taking a stepping dance class despite not being able to hear the music well because of her deafness. "I'm not a dancer. I don't have any training, but I realized when I went to an information meeting about this, nobody had any experience," said Arfa. Dance instructor Queen Meccasia Zabriskie said she was worried about having a student who is deaf. "It's a process. We're still working on it, but I'm completely inspired by her," said Zabriskie. …

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