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Water sustains life. Therefore, it’s vitally important to all of us. This August, celebrate National Water Quality Month by being aware of your water habits and taking steps to ensure clean water for everyone. When we have clean water, we can lead satisfying lives.

Family Fun Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of the summer before your children head back to school. Take advantage of these creative and altruistic ideas in order to have the best Family Fun Month possible this August.

Take advantage of the simple ways to find total wellness during August to celebrate National Wellness Month.

Take some time this week to think of a way that you can make a difference in the lives of others and go do it!

Cochlear implant recipient and Cal Baptist commit ran away with the voting, garnering nearly 1,600 votes.

Loud noise can be very damaging to your hearing, whether it’s a loud burst or years of prolonged exposure. Sounds are measured in decibels, and those exceeding 85 decibels can hurt your ears — permanently. Common sources of loud noise include lawn mowers (106 decibels), fireworks (150 decibels) and rock concerts (120 decibels).
Consider taking the following steps TO PROTECT YOUR HEARING!

I could try to sum up into words the video of Tatum Kentli hearing for the first time, but I won’t. I will simply share it and allow you to see how this wonderful story, doesn’t end, but is just beginning….Tatum Kentli can hear and we here at Songs for Sound are so grateful we could be a small part of her sweet little story. 

Summer is the perfect time to show your kids that giving back can be fun. Choose an organization that has a shared interest among your family and ask about volunteer opportunities.

Although earbuds are popular now, I'd caution against using them too excessively, for a few reasons.

First, because they deliver sound directly into the ear canal, there's a much greater risk of damaging your ears if the volume gets too loud. There's nothing between your ears and the sound to protect you. Earbuds can also push earwax deeper into the ears, causing blockages that affect your hearing, making you raise the volume even more.

Over-the-ear headphones are a much better choice. Not only do you not have to worry about funneling sound directly into your eardrums, but most over-the-ear headphones are also, as a general rule, more comfortable to wear than earbuds. Better yet, higher-end headphones often have noise-canceling functionality, further reducing your need to crank up the volume.

You can be born with single-sided deafness (aka unilateral hearing loss), or develop it at any point in your life.

Losing hearing in one—not both—ears affects more than just your ability to hear. You also may have difficulty knowing where sounds are coming from and how loud they are, and have trouble holding a conversation in a noisy environment.

There are several treatment options for hearing loss in one ear, and most people start out with a CROS or BiCROS hearing aid system. Both these options require wearing a device on both ears (not just the one with hearing loss).

Adulting with hearing loss is not for the weary! Students and children get a lot of support, but being an adult with hearing loss can also be challenging. Lack of awareness, understanding and not being able to relate (because hearing loss is invisible) can cause for difficult work or college life situations. 

There are no IEPs at a private school. When we started at Brentwood Academy, I remember sitting down with the principal and she said "we know Lexi is deaf. We will do whatever we can to help her learn and reach her greatest potentials. I can't promise perfection, but we will work with you to adjust and learn along with you and Lexi."

I have realized that it is so great to recognize that each teacher is helping my child learn to be more resilient, a better learner and sometimes, to work around obstacles of an imperfect system. Even those who I think aren't "cutting it" compared to others, are teaching my child to advocate for herself, become more independent and organized and prepare for future challenges.

This test gave us an understanding of where Lexi's intelligence ranks OUTSIDE OF HER HEARING AND SPEECH DELAY. 

Headed through Fort Myers, Florida, Songs for Sound is a hearing health charity partner of the fantastic, long-running Fort Myers RV Show. Locals will receive free hearing screenings via a state-of-the-art DIY Otokiosk software which is taken aboard its mobile experience. A Care Team hearing health advocate will also be available to guide anyone needing support with next steps, including identifying coverage in health insurance and making a match with a local hearing care professional. 

But the quiet, it reminded me that when we stop, even if just for a few minutes, we give ourselves time and space to experience the beauty of our own stillness, the beauty of something we might have missed. 

After being off the road for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville based 501c3 charity Songs for Sound in partnership with Phonak, a leading global provider of life-changing hearing solutions, launches their Hear the Music Project tour this month offering full-service hearing health services, education and access to care for all. The Hear the Music Project is a national outreach program that provides free hearing tests, assistance with audiology referrals through their unmatched Care Team, and teaches ways to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

After being off the road for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville based 501c3 charity Songs for Sound in partnership with Phonak, a leading global provider of life-changing hearing solutions, launches their Hear the Music Project tour this month offering full-service hearing health services, education and access to care for all. The Hear the Music Project is a national outreach program that provides free hearing tests, assistance with audiology referrals through their unmatched Care Team, and teaches ways to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. 

Kicking off in Nashville, Songs for Sound has teamed up with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and Charter Schools and will offer local students and staff free hearing screenings via a state-of-the-art DIY software which is taken aboard its mobile experience. A Care Team family advocate will also be available to guide anyone needing support with next steps, including identifying coverage in health insurance and making a match with a local hearing care professional. Finally, the team offers programs for support for a lifetime through its Hardaway’s Hope Program. 

To qualify, superfecta hearing aids have four key characteristics: They’re rechargeable, cosmetically appealing, come with built-in Bluetooth, and have the ability to enable telecoil.

After being off the road for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Songs for Sound is teaming up with Amplifon Hearing Health Care to offer communities across the U.S.

She said she hears music so clearly again!

Here are some tips to NURTURE AND STEWARD those amazing attributes that come with children who have faced silence and WON...those who have lived in SILENCE with no language, only to become those who SPEAK with CONFIDENCE. You are a part of their journey and story. Here's how you can help them this school year.

We all have a song to sing. Whether we’re healing through life’s hurts or dancing to our wedding song, music is often present in the biggest moments of our lives. However, one can only experience sounds such as music, laughter, conversation and more … if they can HEAR.

Your years, days, hours, every minute of hard work helping your child hear & mainstream will not be in vain. Go above and beyond, ask every question, advocate advocate advocate.... trust your instincts & when God nudges, you act/listen/ask.

Trust the process and get your child into the best, no matter the cost. 

Songs for Sound, a Nashville-based outreach and service charity working to protect and restore hearing for the 400 million people worldwide that suffer from hearing loss, is thrilled to announce two new hires to its growing team. To date, Songs for Sound has given over 26,000 people free hearing tests and support nationwide.

Songs for Sound, along with generous donors, partnered with another nonprofit, Backfield in Motion, & sponsor FitHearing to bless Joseph with brand new Phonak Sky Marvel hearing aids.
 

I made it my life's mission to close that gap for people all over the world. Even writing this, I'm inspired yet again to do something to help at least one person today. 

Please take time to review our website and resources. We add resources constantly. We are HEAR to help anyone and everyone either hear again or keep their hearing healthy. 

83 percent of the 30 patients diagnosed with senile dementia also suffered from a significant hearing loss, higher than normally expected for that age group. However, there was some promising news that came out of that research: 33 percent of those with memory and hearing loss were reclassified to a less severe category of dementia once the hearing loss was treated with hearing aids.

We get so many emails and phone calls asking for help with a child's hearing aids. Insurance often does not cover devices that help a child hear to learn speech, learn to read and communicate with the world around them. This is unacceptable. Many states are inching closer with mandatory "reimbursements". This reimbursement is a stipend to help pay for hearing aids. This article from our friends at ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) breaks it down state-by-state.

As one of Songs for Sound's new board members, Chris is challenging the traditional role. He uses his humor and intelligence to win a room over, while also being deeply passionate about the military and services provided.

Patients were 20–50 years old and had no prior medical history of hearing problems. “The results of the current study showed that Covid-19 infection had deleterious effects on the hair cells in the cochlea,” the Egypt study concluded.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—prepare teachers and staff for a student with hearing loss.

"...it is clear that the association between hearing and cognition is very real. This association emphasizes the need to improve our approach to testing and treating hearing loss."

You see the point of this entire blog really has little to do with softball and everything to do with our DECISION to encourage and love one another.

The cost of hearing loss can be expensive with the costs of medical exams, extensive specialized testing, hearing aids, communication assistance devices and possible surgical procedures. ... Most people that receive SSDI benefits for hearing loss do so because they meet the SSA’s disability listings in the Blue Book, which is the SSA medical guide for determining what classifies as a full and permanent disability.

But God keeps reminding me through these sweet, gentle nudges — “have faith child... I have ARMIES of ANGELS around MY children.”

Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong and avoid atrophy. This can only happen if you have healthy hearing and ears. 

But, to me, it's the small miracles and milestones which feel more like a whisper from God because they come when you least expect them; and they often happen during your quiet times of REST. To me, these are God's reminders to keep His wind beneath us in order to keep the large miracles in motion.

SIMPLY PUT, it's time to think about how dependent you are on your ears to be healthy as ever. Ask yourself, without healthy hearing, fully-functioning ears and preserved brain health, would I be able to work and learn like this every day? Well, then, it's time to get serious about protecting these important resources! 

I glanced through a list of all of Lexi's grades for the year. For each class, I noted a short list of goals based on areas she was weaker through the school year. For example, 

I reviewed her grades and teacher's comments on her report cards..... THEN, I broke it all down by SUBJECT.

This weekend February 28 - March 1st, Songs for Sound, a 501c3 based out of Nashville, TN will host its annual Hear the Music Kids Camp, sponsored by Phonak.

Our camp provides a no-cost weekend for 32 families to come together, laugh together, cry together, be together. It allows families to share and care and find support for challenges they're facing while finding healing by sharing their own successes to a family in crisis. 

I see you when you smile at the JOYFUL SOUND OF MUSIC. I see you when you are so THANKFUL for the gift of not only HEARING music, but also the ability to SING ALONG to that glorious sound most of us take for granted.

Trust that YOU were CALLED. Trust that your CHILD WAS CALLED. You are being handed the greatest responsibilities and the very things you think will keep you from your calling will be the things GOD RAISES UP FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. Those are the things HE WILL USE. 

Today, however, here's how you can make a dent in the problem. Let's stop belittling the #3 health problem in America. Let's stop making light of something that can have serious side effects. Let's start to advocate for our family members and help them take action. And during the holidays, let's be SENSITIVE and HELPFUL..TIPS INSIDE!

NOW, HERE'S WHERE IT GETS FUN.... MIDDLE SCHOOL.

If I focus on the TRANSITION and what we are learning, what we are experiencing, the MOMENTS, then I can appreciate the good and the bad.

The Hearoes Tour travels the nation to raise AWARENESS, increase ACCESS and encourage ACTION around hearing loss, the number one service-related injury affecting veterans