There are over 783,000 infants, children, and adults in the united states with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Hearing impairment is now the #2 birth defect among children born in America.
The Gift of Hearing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing access to and awareness of cochlear implant (CI) surgery.
The Foundation also keeps abreast of and supports legislation that can impact both the cost and awareness factors.
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Our Donors’ Support at Work
With a huge hats off to both
Jacob's Ride and Erik's Ride donating a combined total of over $20,000; the families of Anthony and Lauren wish to extend many thanks to them and to all our supporters for making their cochlear implant surgeries possible. You have changed both their lives forever and for the better!
Lauren is doing beautifully with her “new ear”!
Here is Anthony the day his CI was activated. It worked too!!!
AL MANN - COCHLEAR IMPLANT PIONEER
Sadly, the world bid farewell in February to Alfred E. Mann, who started medical device companies that pioneered in the development of cochlear implants as well as pacemakers, insulin pumps and retinal implants. He was 90, and devoted most of those years to helping others.
Al was a charter Advisory Board Member of the GOHF in 2004, lending his name and support to help establish credibility and acceptance of the GOHF as a nascent charity. His philanthropy and mentorship is legendary, and his place in history as a dedicated “angel” to millions is well embedded.
He will be greatly missed.
DR. JOHN NIPARKO – RENOWED COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGEON
Renowned and beloved, Dr. John Niparko, passed away on April 25th. He was the Chairman of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otlaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (Keck School of Medicine).
He spent the bulk of his career at Johns Hopkins University where he founded their Listening Center, which is now one of the premier CI centers in the world. He wore many hats including surgeon, author, teacher, mentor, researcher, leader, innovator and philanthropist; but none so important as the role of compassionate and dedicated doctor to so many deaf and hard of hearing patients. We know this first-hand from Jacob Landis of Jacob’s Ride who was fortunate to have Dr. Niparko as his CI surgeon and, hence, lifelong friend. Dr. Niparko’s shoes can never be filled.