Did You Know?
- For best results, we encourage immediate aggressive audiological management and Auditory-Verbal Therapy once the child is diagnosed with a hearing loss.
- Hearing loss in infants is a hidden disability, and it is important to pay attention to their development and get their hearing tested.
Caitlin attends Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech). Caitlin was born profoundly deaf and received a cochlear implant at age 4. She plays the trumpet and was section leader in her marching band in high school. Caitlin is majoring in bio-medical engineering and hopes to one day work with cochlear implant technology.
Christopher attends the University of Georgia (UGA). He was born with a profound, bilateral hearing loss and received a cochlear implant at 24 months. He graduated from the Auditory-Verbal Center at the age of 7 and has always been enrolled in regular education classes. In high school he was an honor student and active in his church youth group. Christopher enjoys playing basketball, baseball, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee.
Jessica graduated from AVC at age 6 in 2001. Jessica is 13 and is in the 7th grade at High Meadows School. In May, 1996, she was the youngest child in the U.S. at the time to receive a CI at age 15 months. She received a second CI in 2004. Jessica is a Cadette Girl Scout and has logged over 50 hours of community service both with and aside from the Girl Scouts. She loves animals, reading, including Shakespeare, and writing. View Jessica's video on YouTube.
Jonathan is currently working in sales. Jonathan was born profoundly deaf and wore bilateral hearing aids starting at the age of 6 weeks old. He was then implanted at the age of 5. He attended Military Academy and held the position of Lieutenant and was an active member of the Armed Exhibition Drill Team and Color Guard.
Rachel is currently attending graduate school for anthrophology in London, having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a BA in Photography in 2010. Rachel graduated from AVC at age 10 in 1997. She was one of the first 200 children in the U.S. to receive a cochlear implant as part of the phase III FDA clinical trials in 1989. She received a second implant in 2004. She is fluent in French. Rachel maintains a website, to provide information about CIs. Visit Rachel's website by clicking this link: www.cochlearimplantonline.com. Also, view Rachel's YouTube video.
Samantha is currently working part-time at the Auditory-Verbal Center as the Marketing Assistant while attending college at the Art Institute of Atlanta pursuing her degree in Graphic Design. She was born profoundly deaf and graduated from AVC at the age of 7. She wore hearing aids most of her life but at the age of 16, she received the Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, listening to music on her ipod, going to the movies and camping. During her first years of having the Cochlear Implant she maintained a blogspot journaling about her CI experiences on: www.SamsHearingLife.blogspot.com.