SilvermanBlindness separates people from things, deafness separates people from people.
—Helen Keller

Communication is the very essence of humanity—it is how we record history, conduct business, and express basic needs and desires to those around us. Communication is elemental to survival. Of the estimated 28 million Americans living with hearing loss, asserting and exchanging their thoughts and ideas is a daily challenge.

Thankfully, there is a new breed of hearing health care professional. These practitioners, educators, scientists, and manufacturers are making amazing strides in the development of new technologies and protocols to enable the hearing-challenged to open up the lines of communication.

An illustration of these innovations can be read in this month’s Centers of Excellence section, which features an article on the North Carolina-based facility Beginnings for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Inc (page 16), a nonprofit organization that assists parents in finding the right educational path for their hearing-impaired children.

We always welcome input from our readership, and encourage comments and suggestions on articles in this, or future issues of Hearing Products Report.

Rogena Schuyler Silverman
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