Ear Community is a charitable organization that helps children and adults who are born without ears (Microtia) and without ear canals resulting in hearing loss (Atresia). Microtia and Atresia are rare congenital deformities that occur in 1 out of every 8,000 births. Some children and adults have facial asymmetry and develop oral problems regarding chewing and swallowing due to misaligned jaw structure. Because Microtia and Atresia are rare, many medical facilities around the world do not have enough information to provide families with all of their options that can help their loved ones live a better quality of life.
Ear Community was founded by a parent, named Melissa Tumblin, who’s youngest daughter was born without her right ear and has Atresia. Following her daughter’s birth, no one could explain to Melissa why her daughter’s ear hadn’t developed or if something environmentally had caused this to happen during Melissa’s pregnancy. After going to a number of doctors and specialists, Melissa realized that she was not being informed of all the options for her daughter. Through bits and pieces of information online, Melissa learned more about surgical options and about a bone conduction hearing device that could help her daughter hear better. Melissa also learned about speech therapy services that could help her daughter during her current speech and communication delays and that her daughter’s hearing should be monitored often. Everyday, families around the world continue to feel alone with Microtia and Atresia and are not informed of all of their options.
Since 2010, Ear Community and its support groups have helped thousands of individuals and medical professionals around the world learn more about Microtia and Atresia. Since 2011, Ear Community has organized over 30 community events helping bring together over 5,000 people (including medical professionals, families, and hearing device companies) around the world. In addition, Ear Community has donated nearly 60 hearing devices from Cochlear Americas, Max Virtual, and Oticon Medical, helping children and adults born with Microtia and Atresia hear better. Ear Community has also awarded college scholarships as well as helping families with financial assistance when seeking reimbursement for travel costs when planning for surgery.
If you or anyone you know enjoys donating to charities, please let them know about www.EarCommunity.org and how they can help children and adults with Microtia and Atresia receive emotional support, obtain hearing devices, help with travel costs toward surgery, and receive college scholarships. Ear Community is under the wing of the Broomfield Community Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit community organization.
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