STEVENSVILLE, MD (October 10, 2013) – Chesapeake Hearing Centers, Inc proudly handed Jacob Landis a sponsorship check today in his quest to raise $1,000,000 and hit a Home Run For Hearing.
April 3, 2013, Jacob Landis, 24, left his home in Annapolis, MD for a 175 day bicycle ride which took him more than 10,000 miles to every major league ballpark in the country to raise awareness about the benefits of cochlear implants. Jacob’s Ride ended his journey in September at Marlins Park in Miami.
Deaf by age 10, Jacob received a cochlear implant allowing him to be fully functional in the hearing world. Combining his love of cycling and baseball with a desire to help others, Jacob’s goal is to raise $1 million for others who could benefit from a cochlear implant but cannot afford one.
Hearing impairment is now the number one birth defect among children born in America. With more than 500,000 Americans living in the U.S. with severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implants are the most successful medical intervention for those profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. A small, complex electronic device, it bypasses the damaged parts of the inner ear and delivers electrical impulses to the auditory nerve sending information to the brain. Cochlear implants, coupled with intensive post-op therapy, can help young children to acquire speech, language, and social skills. Adults who have lost all or most of their hearing later in life often can benefit from cochlear implants as they learn to associate the signal provided by an implant with sounds they remember.
Having completed his ride and surviving being hit by a truck in South Florida, Jacob is still determined to hit his fund raising goal. He raised $150,000 during the Ride and is continuing to see the fund grow. Donations can be made here.
Jacob’s Ride is a donor-directed fund created under The Annapolis Community Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds from Jacob’s Ride will be distributed to foundations who help cochlear implant candidates including proceeds will benefit The Gift of Hearing Foundation in Narragansett, R.I.; The Listening Center in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and the J.W. Pickle Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.
Mission Trip – January 2013
My favorite part of the trip was meeting the children. I don’t do any of the pediatric fittings in our office, so it was a refreshing change to help those kids hear. Most all of the children I fit had never worn hearing aids before, and since most suffered from moderate to profound hearing loss, their speech abilities were underdeveloped. The circumstances were heartbreaking, but it was so rewarding to see their eyes light up when they were fit with the aids and able to hear for the first time!
For this mission, Audigy Group audiologists and Starkey Hearing Foundation volunteers collaborated with Mexico’s national institution for Integral Family Development (DIF), which brought in its own ear, nose, and throat specialists and volunteer translators. As a group, we fit close to 1,900 people in four days. We were working nonstop and gave each patient a medal as a small token of appreciation for their patience and trust. One day, I remember, I ran out of medals—so I know I saw a lot of patients that day!
I am looking forward to the next Starkey/Audigy mission trip. It was one of the best experiences of my life—being able to help people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to hear. It was an emotionally taxing experience, but one that was tremendously rewarding as well. I will treasure the memory of those children’s faces for the rest of my days.
At Chesapeake Hearing Centers, we strive to provide the highest quality of service to our patients.
As part of this, in the past, we have instituted battery clubs and battery programs that conveniently ship the batteries to your home via the United States Post Office. Unfortunately we have not only seen a steady rise in postage but we have also seen a reduction in the quality of shipping services. Many of our battery packages have been damaged,returned to us or shipped with postage due despite our careful weighing process.
Because of these issues we are going to change our battery programs. All future battery programs will be designed to personally give a years worth of batteries directly to you at the same time we provide a free clean and check service for your hearing aids in one of our convenient offices. We would like to see you twice a year for service and certainly at the very least once a year when we would provide you with your batteries. Our goal is to reduce your costs and provide even better service to you.
We hope that this change will allow us to spend more time with our patients providing exceptional care. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Your Chesapeake Hearing Centers team
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