History of EarCommunity.org and Microtia & Atresia Support Group

11/22/17

Second Annual National Microtia Awareness Day with the Ear Community Organization – November 9th, 2017

On Thursday, November 9th, 2017, the Ear Community Organization celebrated it’s Second Annual National Microtia Awareness Day that took place throughout the United States.  Families from all over were excited to raise awareness and help educate about Microtia and Atresia at schools, parties, the work place, and more.  Many medical professionals from Microtia and Atresia […]

11/22/17

They say it takes a village…why giving the gift of hearing involves many hearts

Someone once asked Melissa Tumblin, Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community, how can I help you?  Melissa responded, “I would like to help children who are deaf and hard of hearing, hear better.”  Melissa explained how she and her husband, Brent, inquired about a hearing device for their own daughter when she was born, […]

11/16/17

Anonymous donor helps Ear Community raise awareness about Microtia and Atresia and kindness at Wonder movie prescreening

On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, at 6pm in Broomfield, Colorado, the Ear Community Organization was fortunate to bring families and their children together from a local elementary school to view the prescreening of the movie, “Wonder.”  Thanks to an anonymous donor, Ear Community was given the opportunity to buyout two theaters for families with children […]

11/16/17

Ear Community advocates at 1st Kids First Foundation meeting at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with the NIH

On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, Ear Community was one of nearly 40 foundations and advocates from all over the country who joined together for the 1st Kids First Patient User Workshop meeting at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.  Representatives from the attending nonprofits shared their thoughts and […]

11/02/17

National Microtia Awareness Day is November 9th!

National Microtia Awareness Day is just 1 week away, November 9th! We look forward to helping raise awareness with so many of you all over the world, even though our awareness day is a National Day here in the United States. Everyone is welcome to join together just like so many did last year, everywhere. […]

11/02/17

How Can I Support National Microtia Awareness Day on November 9?

AudiologyOnline: Interview with Melissa Tumblin November 1, 2017 Question What is National Microtia Awareness Day?  How can audiologists support this initiative? Answer Melissa Tumblin: National Microtia Awareness Day is November 9th each year in the United States.  It started in 2016. The purpose of National Microtia Awareness Day to help promote public awareness of microtia and atresia.  As the mother […]

10/10/17

Naven now hears his best thanks to Oticon Medical and Ear Community for donating new Ponto hearing device

Meet Naven R. Osic.  Navin is a five-year-old boy who was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Naven lives with his mother, Donna and step-father in a small room in the Philippines.  When Donna was pregnant with Naven, she made sure to follow all her doctor’s orders, and be very careful because she wanted her […]

10/09/17

National Microtia Awareness Day is November 9th!

National Microtia Awareness Day is coming up on November 9th!  This is a day for children and adults (and their families) who were born with Microtia and Atresia.  Many schools across the nation will be participating and helping raise awareness with their students.  Parents will be visiting classrooms, speaking about Microtia (underdeveloped or missing outer […]

09/18/17

Cochlear announces the release of the Baha SoundArc – an exciting new non-surgical bone conduction device

18 September 2017 Today, Cochlear, the global leader in bone conduction hearing solutions, announced the commercial availability of the new Cochlear™ Baha® SoundArc – a stylish, comfortable and effective device that will allow people to hear like never before. The Baha SoundArc is a new hearing solution for people who live with conductive hearing loss, mixed […]

09/12/17

Happy 40th Anniversary to Cochlear….Meet the team behind Baha 5

September 11, 2017 by The Baha Blog administrator Meet the Team The Baha® 5 and Baha® 5 Power sound processors are developed, designed and shipped from Sweden worldwide, but did you know they are also manufactured and assembled here too? The concept, design, development, testing, manufacturing, packing and logistics are all done under one roof! Meet some […]

08/15/17

Helping Joey hear better just in time for school

Stephen Weiss, a CPA in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania was excited to upgrade his current hearing device to a newer model. When Stephen upgraded, he wanted to donate his current hearing device to a charity organization where his hearing device could go on to help someone else hear better. After receiving his new Oticon Medical Ponto […]

08/02/17

Helping Kavya hear better with the help of Oticon Medical and the Ear Community Organization

Ear Community is honored to introduce everyone to our latest Oticon Medical Ponto 3 Superpower hearing device recipient, adorable Kavya Sharma! Kavya is almost two years old and lives in New Delhi, India with her father Ajay and mother Savita. Kavya was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia, as well as Hemifacial Microsomia and a […]

07/28/17

Ear Community National Microtia Awareness Day bracelets are now available…

Hi Everyone! Our National Microtia Awareness Day bracelets are now available for purchase through our organization’s website at:  www.EarCommunity.org/donate  This is a fund raiser for our organization.  We have a secure link for making a credit card donation.  In the DESCRIPTION LINE, you can briefly put what you would like of the items below. ***  Order […]

07/28/17

Ear Community National Microtia Awareness Day items are now available…

Hi Everyone! Our National Microtia Awareness Day items are now available for purchase through our organization’s website at:  www.EarCommunity.org/donate  This is a fund raiser for our organization.  We have a secure link for making a credit card donation.  In the DESCRIPTION LINE, you can briefly put what you would like of the items below. ***  […]

07/06/17

New clinic focuses on patients with rare ear malformations

by Matt Batcheldor | Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017, 10:16 AM Having a child born without an external ear or ear canal can be a scary and confusing experience for parents, and finding medical care for the rare condition has meant having to travel to several distant medical centers for treatment options. But now the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center […]

06/02/17

Helping Malosi hear his best thanks to Ear Community and Oticon Medical

Ear Community is excited to share this sweet story about a little boy named Malosi Sualua who was born with Left Microtia and Atresia.  Malosi is 4 and lives in Laguna Beach, CA with his two older sisters and parents, Heidi and Leie.  Malosi means “strength” in Samoan and his mother, Heidi, says that the […]

04/05/17

Karen Smith, Executive Director of the Broomfield Community Foundation retires – Mentor to Melissa Tumblin of the Ear Community Organzation

Karen Smith, Executive Director of the Broomfield Community Foundation, is retiring this fall.  Karen was my mentor who guided me and taught me how to run a nonprofit organization, how to run our Ear Community Organization. I will never forget the day when I met with her to tell her about my passion for wanting […]

04/05/17

Helping Joan hear better thanks to Oticon Medical and the Ear Community Organization

Ear Community is thrilled to introduce you to Joan Yirenkyi.  Joan is a beauty at 27 years old and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.  She was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome along with Microtia and Atresia of her left ear and other birth defects.  Being born with craniofacial abnormalities such as Treacher […]

04/05/17

Giving back: how one communtiy member helps a child hear better through the Ear Community Organization

Please meet one of our cutest Ear Community members, Daniel Alejandro, from Mexico.  Daniel was born on July 14th 2014 to his wonderful parents Patricia and Daniel.  From the first moment of his precious life, he was admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit and stayed there for an agonizing two months.  During that time, […]

03/13/17

Ear Community Timeline – How Ear Community began (2010 to Present)…

Ear Community Organization Timeline Some may wonder how does a nonprofit get started.  Here is the timeline story of how the Ear Community Organization became a nonprofit organization after beginning as an online support group. September 2009, Melissa Tumblin’s daughter was born and she couldn’t find the answers she was looking for about why her child […]

03/10/17

Ear Community Announces 2017 Summer Picnics for Families of Children with Microtia and Atresia

AudiologyOnline News Release The mission of AudiologyOnline is to enhance the quality of life for the patients and clients in the care of the professionals we serve. We support this mission by: Providing the most relevant, convenient, and economical continuing education opportunities presented and authored by the leading experts in their respective professions to enhance […]

02/22/17

Mazie receives the gift of hearing thanks to Cochlear Americas and the Ear Community Organization

Ear Community is proud to introduce Mazie Herzing, our newest Baha recipient!  She was born last July and diagnosed with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear and Hemifacial Microsomia.  She lives with her big sister, twin brother, and parents Carly and Shelley in Richmond, Virginia, USA.  When Mazie was first diagnosed, her parents were […]

02/20/17

2017 Ear Community Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics

2017 Ear Community Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics Ear Community hosts picnics every year around the world helping bring Microtia and Atresia families together.  This year’s picnics will take place in the United States in Annapolis, Maryland/ Austin, Texas/ Broomfield, Colorado/ Nashville, Tennessee/ Ardsley, New York/ and Fort Pierce, Florida!  It is very exciting for many […]

01/19/17

How one father was willing to travel to another country to help his daughter hear better with the help of Oticon Medical and Ear Community

We are excited to introduce you to Raheeg Abdelrahman, a lovely four-year-old girl who lives in Sudan with her younger twin siblings, her mother, and her father Eltahir.  She was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia, her father said that they couldn’t find a hearing device in Sudan so they traveled two days to Egypt […]

11/23/16

First Annual National Microtia Awareness Day with the Ear Community Organization – November 9th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the Ear Community Organization launched and celebrated the very first National Microtia Awareness Day that took place throughout the United States.  Families from all over were truly excited to finally have a national day to celebrate, helping promoting awareness and education about Microtia and Atresia.  In fact, many amazing moments […]

11/18/16

Ear Community and Cochlear Americas help a young girl hear better in time for Thanksgiving!

Meet Astrid De La Cruz Chinchilla from Fairfax, Virginia.  Astric is a beautiful 13 year old girl who was born with grade 3 Microtia and Atresia of her right ear originally from Guatemala.  Astrid loves being around her friends and enjoys school, but is struggling with hearing everyone in conversations.  Astrid’s mother, Maria, is very […]

11/04/16

AudiologyOnline Interview with Ear Community about National Microtia Awareness Day – November 9

Interview with Melissa Tumblin, Founder of Ear Community AudiologyOnline: Congratulations on getting November 9 officially recognized as National Microtia Awareness Day.  Why was having a national day for microtia awareness important to you? Melissa Tumblin: It is the intention of Microtia Awareness Day to help promote public awareness.  As the mother of a child who has […]

10/21/16

Ear Community proudly announces founding National Microtia Awareness Day for November 9th

MICROTIA AWARENESS DAY – November 9 MICROTIA AWARENESS DAY November 9th is dedicated to spreading hope and knowledge concerning a congenital birth defect,which derives its name from the Latin terms for little ears. Mark the calendar for Microtia Awareness Day for November 9th and think of the number 9 as the shape of an ear. Approximately […]

10/19/16

The most powerful family of abutment-level processors by Oticon Medical

The most powerful family of abutment-level processors In bone anchored hearing when it comes to audibility and understanding, power is everything. That’s why we are proud to present Ponto 3, the world’s most powerful abutment-level sound processor family. Ponto 3 gives you premium sound quality – even if you have a larger hearing loss. Find […]

10/07/16

Helping Afsheen hear better with a Baha 5 from Cochlear Americas and the Ear Community Organization

Meet Afsheen Fathima, a beautiful little girl from India, who now lives with her mother and father in Henrico, Virginia (USA).  Afsheen is now 2.5 years old who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her left ear.  She was also born with scoliosis.  Afsheen is a sweet little girl who is excited to begin […]

08/23/16

Ear Community proudly awards its seventh college scholarship

Meet Cailin O’Hern from Richmond Hill, Georgia. Cailin just graduated from the twelfth grade as a home-schooled student. Cailin was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Cailin says that having Microtia and Atresia was challenging for her over the years as she often felt awkward and self-conscious when asked about her ear. […]

08/16/16

Helping Arkin hear better in the Philippines thanks to the Ear Community Organization and Oticon Medical

Meet little Arkin Silutan Lerio, a 10 month old adorable baby boy from Las Pinas City in the Philippines.  Arkin was born with grade III bilateral Microtia and Atresia.  When Arkin was two months old, Arkin’s mom, Jhoan Silutan Hernandez, took him to an ENT specialist so that he could have an ABR hearing test […]

08/09/16

Ear Community proudly awards its sixth college scholarship

Meet Meghan Barr from Abilene, Texas. Meghan is 20 years old and was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Meghan says that living with Microtia and Atresia has had its ups and downs, but with the support of her parents, family and friends, it has allowed her to accept living with Microtia […]

08/09/16

Ear Community proudly awards its fifth college scholarship

Meet Jessica Gonzalez from El Paso, Texas. Jessica is 28 years old and was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Jessica never asked why she couldn’t hear from her right ear while she was growing up or why she was born this way until recently when a couple of her college professors […]

06/24/16

Helping Lyla hear better with a Cochlear America’s Baha 5 thanks to the Ear Community Organization and Cochlear Americas

Meet little Lyla Begaye who was born ten months ago with Microtia and Atresia of her left ear.  Lyla and her family live in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  When Lyla was born, a newborn hearing test was conducted, but the hospital continued to test Lyla up to three times until she passed the newborn hearing screening. […]

06/24/16

Ear Community and Oticon Medical donate a Ponto Plus BAHS to help a little girl hear better

Meet Emilia Drago from Geismar, Louisiana.  Emilia is a beautiful one and a half year old little girl who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear and mild hemifacial microsomia.  When Emilia was born, doctors did not know what to tell her parents regarding her being born with Microtia and Atresia.  Doctors […]

06/24/16

Oticon Medical Ponto SuperPower – the world’s first abutment-level SuperPower processor with fitting range down to 65 dB HL (BC)

June 23, 2016 – Oticon Medical today previewed the new Ponto SuperPower, the first abutment-level sound processor with a fitting range down to 65 dB HL (BC). Oticon Medical developed the innovative SuperPower processor with the goal of enabling adults and children with higher degrees of mixed hearing loss to benefit from a discreet sound […]

06/24/16

Cochlear announces availability of Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Power and Baha 5 SuperPower, two new powerful bone conduction sound processors for those with higher degrees of hearing loss

June 22, 2016 Media Contact Renee Oehlerking Cochlear Americas 303-264-2104 roehlerking@Cochlear.com The new Baha 5 Power and Baha 5 SuperPower Sound Processors complete the Baha 5 portfolio Centennial, Colo., (June 23, 2016) — Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announces today the commercial availability of the Baha® 5 Power and […]

05/25/16

Update on the Ear Community Organization’s website…

Update on the Ear Community Organization’s website: The Ear Community Organization’s website is now www.EarCommunity.org  However, the www.EarCommunity.com will continue to be owned by the Ear Community Organization and will be redirected to the .org domain address.  All website visitors who visit our  .com domain address will automatically be redirected to the .org address. Thanks! Melissa […]

05/19/16

Ear Community in the news: promoting public awareness about Microtia and Atresia and hearing loss

On Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Fox31 News DENVER aired a clip on the Ear Community Organization that helped promote public awareness about Microtia and Atresia and hearing loss for “Better Hearing and Speech Month” for the month of May. The Ear Community Organization has helped thousands of families since 2010 all over the world who […]

05/13/16

Ear Community’s support recognized during Better Hearing and Speech Month for May

On Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, Melissa and Sophia Shemanski, members of the Microtia and Atresia Support Group (an online support group run by the Ear Community Organization…a charitable organization that helps individuals born with Microtia and Atresia all over the world), helped promote public awareness and education about Microtia and Atresia and hearing loss.  Sophia […]

04/14/16

The 2016 Ear Community Microtia and Atresia summer family picnics are here!

Ear Community would like to thank our amazing sponsors for helping make our Ear Community Microtia and Atresia family picnics possible once again this summer!  At our Ear Community picnics, you will not only be given an amazing opportunity to meet other families in the same situation who have Microtia and Atresia, but you will […]

03/25/16

Ear Community Organization kicks off it’s 2016 Microtia and Atresia summer family picnics

  The Ear Community Organization is a charitable nonprofit that hosts picnics every year around the world helping bring Microtia and Atresia families together.  Ear Community events are always FREE with lunch being provided and lots of fun entertainment for the kids.  Ear Community’s amazing sponsors will be joining us at our wonderful picnics helping us learn […]

03/11/16

Cochlear Announces FDA Clearance of the First Smart Bone Conduction Solution for People with Significant Mixed Hearing Loss

March 9, 2016 Media Contact Renee Oehlerking Cochlear Americas 303-264-2104 roehlerking@Cochlear.com The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 SuperPower Sound Processor provides those who struggle more than most the ability to hear better and connect wirelessly to a variety of electronic devices Centennial, Colo., (March 9, 2016) — Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced […]

03/11/16

Free, Easy-to-Use Online Tools Help You Live Well With Hearing Loss

Whether you are just beginning your hearing loss journey or are an experienced traveler on the road to better hearing, Ida Telecare, a new suite of online tools, makes it easier for you to successfully manage everyday communication and important decisions related to your hearing. Developed by the non-profit Ida Institute, Ida Telecare is a […]

02/08/16

Oticon Medical Receives FDA Clearance to Market New Ponto Abutment Extension

No surgery, seamless fit with existing abutments for unprecedented  freedom of choice in bone anchored hearing solutions SOMERSET, NJ February 8 — Oticon Medical announced today that it has obtained 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Ponto Abutment Extension. The new abutment extension seamlessly connects to existing abutments so users […]

01/12/16

Ear Community proudly awards its fourth college scholarship

Meet Joel Orozco, a freshman attending California State University, Fullerton.  Joel was born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear.  Joel always had a positive outlook on life and always fit in with his classmates when he was younger and enjoyed playing on the playground with his peers.  However, during middle school he struggled […]

01/08/16

Young girl from China receives the gift of hearing just in time for Christmas from Ear Community and Oticon Medical

Meet YuXi Sun Todd.  YuXi is a beautiful seven year old girl who was born in Beijing, China, but is now a citizen living in the United States.  YuXi was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and has lived in an orphanage in China since three months of age. On May 22nd, 2015, YuXi was […]

01/08/16

The Resort2Kindness Organization selects Ear Community for 2015 grant…

On December, 18th, 2015, Melissa Tumblin, Founder of the Ear Community Organization, was presented with a $10,000 grant by Julia Patrick, a representative of the Resort2Kindness Organization, a nonprofit organization that spreads kindness and generosity in Colorado.  Originally, Melissa thought she was attending a lunch interview for being one of the three finalists for this […]

12/01/15

It’s Giving Tuesday for nonprofit organizations like Ear Community

Today is Giving Tuesday! While the Ear Community Organization may be headquartered in Colorado, we help children and adults with Microtia and Atresia all over the United States and in many countries across the world! Ear Community brought together over 1,000 people this year at our events held in Australia, Denmark, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington, and […]

11/30/15

Oticon Medical Introduces MIPS – Minimally Invasive Ponto Surgery

A Truly New Perspective on Tissue Preservation Copenhagen, DK November 30 — Oticon Medical has long recognized the benefits of tissue preservation surgery in bone anchored hearing surgery for reducing post- op complication and improving cosmetic outcomes. This week, Oticon Medical introduced a further refinement of the proven tissue preservation surgery for use with the company’s Ponto System. The […]

11/30/15

Ponto BHX Implant Sets New Standards for Implant Technology

Copenhagen, DK November 30 — Oticon Medical introduces the Ponto BHX Implant, the first implant with a laser-ablated titanium surface that promotes a faster and stronger bonding to bone and increases the strength of the bone-to- implant interface by more than 150%.1 The FDA-cleared Ponto BHX Implant is a perfect match between Oticon Medical’s proven OptiGrip™ geometry and […]

11/10/15

Helping Krissia hear better at home with her new Ponto Plus BAHS from Oticon Medical

Meet Krissia Lopez Romero. Krissia is a beautiful little eight year old girl who was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. While Krissia was born in El Salvador, she now lives with her family in Falls Church, Virginia (USA). Unfortunately, since Krissia was born in El Salvador, she does not qualify for Medicaid and her […]

10/12/15

2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards Honor Camilla Gilbert of Cincinnati, Ohio

Camilla Gilbert of Cincinnati, Ohio is among the outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss.  As the First Place Winner in the Advocacy Category, Camilla was […]

10/09/15

Coming together to help a little girl in South Africa hear better, priceless…

Meet Lebo Pretty Ndladla from Shongwe Mission in South Africa.  Little Lebo is 6 years old and was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia including Treacher Collins Syndrome.  While Lebo is surrounded by much love from her family in the small village they live in, Lebo still  struggles to hear her family and friends communicating […]

09/23/15

A Guide for Making Informed Decisions for Bone Anchored Hearing Systems

A Guide for Making Informed Decisions for Bone Anchored Hearing Systems Selecting the hearing solution that’s right for you or your child requires research and understanding of the technology that makes each solution unique. While audiologists, ENTs and doctors can help guide you, it’s important to understand your options and advocate for what you want […]

09/15/15

Parents’ Perspective: The Decision Making Process for Bone Anchored Hearing Systems for Children

Course #26259 On Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, at 12 noon EDT, a live accredited online webinar will be offered to Audiologists and hearing device dispensers.  This course is FREE to the public and to any individuals or families who are interested in learning more about the Oticon Medical Ponto Plus BAHS (Bone Anchored Hearing System) […]

08/24/15

Two brothers hear better with a Cochlear Baha donated through Ear Community

Meet Michael and Damian Mosley of Mableton, Georgia. Michael is nine years old and was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and his brother, Damian, is almost 2 years old, born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear. Michael and Damian’s father, Nathanael, also has Microtia and Atresia. Michael and Damian’s parents, Sarah and […]

08/21/15

Ear Community proudly awards its third college scholarship

Meet Adam Kozuszek, a freshman entering his first year of college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Adam comes from a long history of farmers and he enjoys being a big brother to his two younger sisters, Sarah and Clara.  Adam was born with Microtia and Atresia of his right ear, but his hearing […]

08/06/15

Thank you for touching so many lives Curt Gorman…Ear Community will miss you!

Every now and then you meet someone in your life who just understands what it is that you are trying to do and they embrace you. A special someone who wants to help you because they see a certain passion in you. A certain someone who chooses to take you under their wing providing guidance […]

08/06/15

Oticon Medical Mourns Passing of Curt Gorman, Senior Vice President, BAHS Division

Oticon Medical Mourns Passing of Curt Gorman, Senior Vice President, BAHS Division SOMERSET, NJ   August 6 — Oticon Medical sadly announces the passing of Curt Gorman, Senior Vice President, BAHS Division, following a courageous battle with cancer.  A valued member of the management team since Oticon Medical’s inception in 2009, Gorman was passionate about building […]

08/03/15

Oticon Medical Launches a New Soft Healing Cap

Oticon Medical is pleased to announce the launch of the FIRST SOFT HEALING CAP on the market. The healing cap is intended to be attached to the abutment during the soft tissue healing period after a bone anchored implant surgery to hold the dressing in place and act as protective mechanical barrier. Consequently, the new soft healing […]

07/21/15

How a Cochlear Baha will change the life of one little girl in Colorado through Ear Community

Meet Reyna Guzman-Marroquin, a 2.5 year old toddler born with unilateral Microtia and Atresia of her right ear.  Reyna lives in Fort Morgan, Colorado and is your typical little girl who is fun spirited and excited to begin talking and singing.  Shortly after Reyna was born, her mom, Magdalena Marroquin-Ramirez, began noticing that Reyna wasn’t […]

06/18/15

Finding confidence again with the Baha 5 from Cochlear Americas through Ear Community

Meet Nicole Pintac of Minot, North Dakota.  Nicole is a twenty year old beautiful young lady who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear.   When Nicole was younger, she did have reconstructive ear surgery on her right ear (rib graft), but she still struggled with her hearing. Nicole works at a […]

06/18/15

Helping Luca hear better thanks to Oticon Medical and Ear Community

Meet Luca Brooks, a one and a half year old sweet baby boy from Burke, Virginia.  Luca has bilateral Microtia and Atresia and has been diagnosed with Branchio-Oto-Renal Syndrome.  Luca was born premature (at 34 weeks) and spent his first days in the NICU.  Today, Luca is full of energy and one of the happiest […]

04/21/15

Helping Annika hear better in the classroom thanks to Oticon Medical and Ear Community

Meet Annika Silang-Ferrer from the Philippines. Little Annika is 4.5 years old and was born with grade III Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Annika is a beautiful girl who is very happy and has one of the brightest smiles you will ever see. Annika looks forward to everyday and carries on playing with […]

04/15/15

New Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App Allow Users of Ponto Plus Bone Anchored Sound Processor to Connect to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

New Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App Allow Users of Ponto Plus Bone Anchored Sound Processor to Connect to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Oticon Medical announces the launch of the Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App that will enable Ponto Plus sound processor users to control their bone anchored hearing solutions with just a […]

04/09/15

Helping Hudson hear better with an Oticon Medical hearing device

Meet little Hudson Yost, born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear and Hemifacial Microsomia. Hudson is 4.5 years old and lives in China with his adoptive parents, Dave and Tammi Yost. Hudson is full of energy and is quick to be friends with everyone. He is always armed with a hug and a […]

04/07/15

Cochlear Launches Industry’s Smallest Bone Conduction Sound Processor with Innovative Technologies Designed to Make Listening Easier

The Cochlear™ Baha® 5 Sound Processor allows users to stream sound directly from iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® Here is the direct link to the Cochlear Americas press release with VIDEOs of the product: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7052252-cochlear-baha-5-sound-processor/ PR Newswire– Centennial, Colo., (April 7, 2015) Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today the commercial availability of […]

02/17/15

How Andrew’s audiologist helped him hear better with Oticon Medical and Ear Community…

Meet Andrew Perry, an almost 14 year old who was born with Treacher Collins and bilateral Microtia and Atresia.  Andrew lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his father, Clyde, and his younger sister, Sara.  Andrew enjoys spending time with his friends and family. However, Andrew struggles with hearing conversations and lessons in the school classroom due […]

02/12/15

2015 Ear Community Picnics and Events

2015 Ear Community Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics Ear Community hosts picnics every year around the world helping bring Microtia and Atresia families together.  This year’s picnics will take place in Australia, Denmark, Pennsylvania (USA), Colorado (USA), Washington (USA), and South Africa.  It is very exciting for many families! Everyone enjoys attending our picnics […]

02/04/15

Finding confidence and new hope through the Ear Community Organization

Hi Everyone! One of our support group members and a very dear friend of mine would like to share her story with all of us. Here it is: Hi, My name is Camilla Gilbert. I was born with a congenital deformity call Bilateral Microtia type III, whichaffected the outer ear not to fully develop. Furthermore […]

12/24/14

Microtia and Atresia kids in Colorado get special visit from Santa thanks to some special community members

On Saturday, December 20th, 2014, a toy drive for Microtia and Atresia kids of Colorado was made possible by Jeramiah Penaflor, Zach Gulley, Robert Brehm, Brian Caldwell, Dina Voiselle, and Gary and Dawn Penaflor for the Ear Community Organization. Santa, played by Zach Gulley – Managing Parnter for the Bert and the Beard radio station, […]

11/26/14

How one mother helps give the gift of hearing to a baby boy this Thanksgiving holiday through the Ear Community Foundation

In April of 2014, Max and Melissa Witt gave birth to a beautiful sweet baby boy named Clark. When Clark was born, he was originally diagnosed with having Goldenhar Syndrome and Hemifacial Microsomia. Clark was also born without his left ear due to having Microtia and a missing ear canal due to having Atresia, resulting […]

11/12/14

Ear Community teams up with Santa this holiday season at Santa Sent Me a Message…

Would you like your child to receive a letter from Santa Clause and a stuffed elf/reindeer this holiday season? If so, Ear Community has teamed up with the North Pole this holiday season to do this very thing! Please visit http://www.santasentmeamessage.com/personalizedletterearcommunity.html and put a smile on your children’s faces this Christmas season with a special letter directly […]

11/05/14

Cochlear Pleased CMS Will Continue Coverage of Baha® System for Medicare Patients Needing Its Hearing Technology

November 3, 2014 Media Contact Kelly Krueger Principle, Krueger PR (415) 235-5031 Kelly@KruegerPR.com Centennial, Colo., (November 3, 2014) – Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, is pleased that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to keep the original classification of osseointegrated implants, such as the Baha System. This means that […]

11/05/14

Oticon Medical Applauds Success of Collective Efforts to Maintain CMS Coverage of Bone Anchored Hearing Implants

Encourages Continuation of Awareness-Building among Key Groups and General Public SOMERSET, NJ  November 5 –On October 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced via final rule that auditory osseointegrated implants (AOIs) are not hearing aids and therefore will remain a covered benefit for those Medicare enrollees with qualifying indications. For Oticon Medical, […]

10/28/14

Cochlear Americas and Ear Community help improve one lucky gentleman’s hearing and his life

Meet Randy Murray, a 65 year old from Michigan City, Indiana who was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia.  Randy has struggled most of his life with his hearing loss due to atresia (absence of ear canals).  Over the years, as he has gotten older, Randy’s hearing has begun degrading, causing him to struggle even […]

10/06/14

How one sister finds a way to help her brother hear better through Oticon Medical and Ear Community

Meet Derek Dwyer, a 22 year old from Snellville, Georgia, currently attending Gwinnett Technical College. Derek was born with Nager Syndrome and bilateral Microtia and Atresia and is the youngest of three siblings. Derek loves music and all things computer related since he is working toward a college degree in computer engineering and graphic design. […]

09/25/14

Helping Ava hear better, thanks to Oticon Medical and Ear Community

Meet Ava Katuszonek, an adorable little three year old girl who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Ava is a very happy little girl who enjoys playing with friends and is excited to learn the alphabet and begin reading. However, when Ava was about one year old, her mom, Shannon, began […]

09/16/14

Cochlear Americas and Ear Community come together to help a special little boy hear better!

Meet Dustin Neerhof, a sweet little nine month old baby boy who was born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear and hemifacial microsomia (diagnosed as having Goldenhar Syndrome). Dustin is a happy little boy who enjoys cooing and babbling with his identical twin brother and the two are quite the cute duo! Dustin […]

09/10/14

A little girl sings her way to the audiologist looking forward to receiving a Cochlear Baha 4 processor donated through Ear Community

Meet Eliana Villanueva, a beautiful three year old little girl who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear who lives in Riverbank, California. Eliana enjoys playing with her older brother and sister (Joey and Samantha) and is proud to be a mama’s girl, says her mother, Veronica. Eliana is also a very […]

07/22/14

Cochlear Opposes Proposed CMS Rule That Would Significantly Limit Access to Cochlear Baha Implant System Technology for Medicare Patients

July 22, 2014 Media Contact Kerri Lewandowski Public Relations Manager Cochlear Americas KLewandowski@Cochlear.com Life changing hearing solution may become unavailable for those in need; the public is encouraged to take action to support continued coverage of the Baha Implant System Centennial, Colo., (July 22, 2014) – Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced […]

06/18/14

Ear Community helps a young girl get to Los Angeles for Microtia reconstructive ear surgery

Ear Community is proud to have been able to help Ivy Welsh get to Los Angeles, CA so she could have surgery for a newly reconstructed Medpor ear on May 17th, 2014.  This was Ivy Welsh’s second surgery after living with a previously botched reconstructed ear from over seven years ago.  This was her second […]

05/28/14

Cochlear Americas donates a new Baha 4 processor to help a child hear better through Ear Community

Meet little Milagro Alfaro who was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Milagro is four years old and also has Goldenhar Syndrome along with additional medical issues. Even though Milagro has better hearing in her left ear, she has struggled with chronic middle ear fluid that has impacted that ear’s access to […]

05/27/14

Oticon Medical announces partnership with Prof. Hakansson on future Bone Conduction Implant (BCI) Project

Oticon Medical has entered into a partnership with Bo Håkansson, PhD, Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, for the future commercialization of the active transcutaneous Bone Conduction Implant (BCI). Prof. Håkansson is the inventor of the first bone anchored hearing aid and is one of the pioneers in direct bone conduction hearing systems […]

05/21/14

Ear Community, an Amazing 501c3 Nonprofit Dedicated to Helping the Microtia and Atresia Community

In 2009, a beautiful baby girl was born to Brent and Melissa Tumblin named Alyssa.  This beautiful little girl was born missing her right ear (Microtia) and missing her ear canal (Atresia), resulting in hearing loss.   Brent and Melissa tried to find answers through many doctors and ENTs and tried to learn why Ally […]

05/14/14

Ear Community Kicks Off Its 2014 Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics…

Hi Everyone! Ear Community is proud to host seven more Microtia and Atresia family picnics this summer.  Last year, Ear Community hosted seven picnics that took place in Spain, the United Kingdom, and in the United States, helping bring almost 1,300 people together along with medical professionals and hearing device companies.  Ear Community’s picnics welcome […]

03/20/14

Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer, a legend in the hearing loss industry passes away on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Thank you to Dr. Matthew Carfrae of the University of Virginia for letting us know about Dr. Jahrsdoerfer’s passing. On Monday, Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer passed away. Dr. Jarsdoerfer was the one ENT/Otologist who developed the canalplasty technique. Many ENTs trained with Dr. Jahrsdoerfer, learning his skills to help restore hearing loss. Some ENT Otologists who […]

03/18/14

From Russia with Love…thanks to Oticon Medical and Ear Community, one lucky young lady can now hear better

Meet Liza Orlovskaya, a beautiful and talented young lady who is 12 years old living in Moscow, Russia. Liza was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Liza not only is a high achiever and enjoys going to school, but she competes in literary competitions and wins them. She also reads a lot and looks forward […]

02/07/14

Cochlear Announces the FDA Clearance of the Baha 4 Attract System, the First Magnetic Baha Bone Conduction Hearing Device

Centennial, Colo., (December 3, 2013) – Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Cochlear™ Baha® 4 Attract System for use in the United States. Cochlear is the only company to now offer patients a choice of either a magnetic or […]

02/06/14

Oticon Medical receives FDA clearance to market new Ponto Plus family of bone anchored sound processors

Oticon Medical has obtained 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Ponto Plus, our newest family of bone anchored sound processors. New Ponto Plus is available in regular and power versions that feature a new transducer, Inium feedback shield and new wireless capabilities. The new sound processors are designed for […]

01/31/14

With the help of Cochlear Americas Ear Community is given the opportunity to help a young adult hear better for the new year

On Tuesday, January 28th, Aaron Simko was fitted with a Cochlear Baha 4 bone conduction hearing device.  Aaron is 29 years old and was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome and bilateral Microtia and Atresia.  Aaron lives in Littleton, Colorado and works for Kingsoopers grocer as a lead cheese fromagier.  Aaron noticed he was struggling with […]

12/26/13

Hats off for gift of hearing for Broomfield, CO nonprofit Ear Community thanks to Max Virtual, LLC

Max Virtual donates unique hats with hearing devices to Ear Community By Megan QuinnEnterprise Staff Writer Posted:   12/24/2013 01:21:07 PM MST STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL: Mike Freeman, right, of Max Virtual, fits Siena Newcomb, 5, with a colorful hat that also will help enhance her hearing. (David R. Jennings / Broomfield Enterprise) Learn more For […]

12/26/13

Oticon Medical receives FDA clearance to market new Ponto Plus family of bone anchored sound processors

Oticon Medical has obtained 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Ponto Plus, our newest family of bone anchored sound processors. New Ponto Plus is available in regular and power versions that feature a new transducer, Inium feedback shield and new wireless capabilities. The new sound processors are designed for […]

12/18/13

Ear Community and Cochlear Americas coming together to help a young boy hear better for the holidays

Meet Alessandro Martinez who is 1.5 years old and was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Alessandro and his family live in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Alessandro’s mother, Ana Mazariego, says that “Alessandro’s hearing loss is educationally handicapping. He is unable to hear normal conversational speech without some kind of amplification device.” She fears that he will […]

11/25/13

Ear Community is thankful for helping a little boy in China hear better during this Thanksgiving holiday

  Meet little Guoyiyang from China, a handsome little three year old twin boy who was born with Bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Yiyang hasn’t been able to hear well since birth due to having Atresia in both ears. Yiyang’s family does not have health coverage and was unable to afford a hearing device for him. […]

11/05/13

Oticon Medical Launches the New Ponto Plus Wireless Sound Processor System…

Oticon Medical launches new Ponto Plus family of bone anchored sound processors Better hearing when patients need it most – new powerful transducer, Inium feedback shield, and new wireless possibilities In 2009, Oticon Medical advanced bone anchored hearing systems into the world of digital hearing technology. Now, the company brings significant new improvements to patients […]

11/05/13

Cochlear Americas Proudly Announces the Launch of the Baha 4 Wireless Sound Processor

November 5, 2013… “Cochlear is pleased to introduce the latest in bone conduction hearing — the Baha® 4 Sound Processor. It is the smartest, most advanced bone conduction sound processor ever created. In fact, at the heart of the new sound processor lies the powerful Ardium™ platform — three times faster, and with eight times […]

10/24/13

Ear Community is presented Advocacy award by Oticon Medical

On Saturday, October 19th 2013, in San Diego, California, during the 3rd Annual Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Conference, Alan Raffauf (VP of US Marketing for Oticon Medical) proudly presented Melissa Tumblin, Founder of Ear Community, with an award in recognition for her advocacy within the Microtia and Atresia community and for the opportunities and events […]

10/03/13

Ear Community presents a webinar on Microtia and Atresia with the Educational Audiology Association – October 15, 2013 (noon Colorado time)

For audiologists and various medical professionals who are looking to obtain CEU credit, on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, I will be presenting a webinar on Microtia and Atresia that is sponsored by the Educational Audiology Association.  This presentation is 1.5 hours in length and will take place during 12pm NOON to 1:30PM (MDT/Colorado Time).  This […]

09/26/13

Ear Community Helps a Little Girl Hear Better With the Help of Cochlear Americas

Meet Lilly Byrd. This young spunky little girl was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and has one of the prettiest smiles on earth. When Lilly was eight months old, she had her first cleft palate repair. Things were better for a while, but the hole in the roof of her mouth opened again. She […]

09/15/13

Ear Community Helps A Young Teen Hear Better So She Can Continue To Learn In School

  Meet sweet Laura Lopez. Laura is from Salem, Oregon (United States) and is a Spanish speaking 13 year old who was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Laura enjoys spending time with her family and is excited about becoming a teenager. Laura is a happy girl with a beautiful smile who lives for everyday […]

09/15/13

Ear Community Proudly Donates Four Bone Conduction Processors To Twins In Peru

  Meet Fabrizio and Fabiano Vega Silvestre from Lima, Peru. These two, adorable little one year old twins, are busy and on the go and are excited for their vocabulary to come in so they can start communicating. However, both Fabrizio and Fabiano were born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Fabiano was also born with […]

09/15/13

Ear Community Is Proud To Award It’s Second College Scholarship

  Meet Monique Hernandez. Monique is an undergraduate student in her last semester studying Psychology at Arizona State University. Monique was born with Microtia and Atresia of her left ear. Monique has not had reconstructive surgery and is unaided.  Last year, Monique wasn’t sure if she would be able to complete her undergraduate degree because […]

07/09/13

Ear Community Helps a Young Boy in Missouri Receive the Gift of Hearing…

  Meet Joseph, an active seven year old boy in St. Charles, Missouri. Joseph was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia in addition to being born with ASD. Right after Joseph’s first birthday, he had open heart surgery because of his ASD. Joseph’s lungs were also not fully developed as he was born four weeks […]

07/09/13

Ear Community Donates a New BAHA To Help A Child Hear

  Meet Regan, a very sweet little boy who lives in North Dakota (USA) who is two years old and was born with Microtia and Atresia of his left ear. Regan was also born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a syndrome that affects about 1 in 20,000 to 40,0000 births. Regan has been through a […]

07/08/13

Ear Community Presents at the 2013 Educational Audiology Conference…

On June 28th, 2013, Melissa Tumblin, Founder and Exeuctive Director of Ear Community, presented at the Educational Audiology Association in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Montelucia Resort. The EAA invited Melissa to present about Microtia and Atresia and unilateral hearing loss at the conference. The course was presented over a 1.5 hour duration and was offered […]

06/06/13

Ear Community Helps Its First Family With Financial Assistance

When Ivy Welsh was six years old, she wanted so badly to have a big girl ear because Ivy was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear.  When Ivy’s mom, Nicole, had found a doctor who said he could make her a beautiful ear, she was very excited and couldn’t wait for her […]

06/05/13

Ear Community Proudly Announces Its Advisory Board Members

On May 18, 2013, Ear Community proudly announced who the members are for its Advisory Board.  “It has been a privilege and an honor to get to know each one of our Advisory Board members over the past three years and I am proud to have established such an amazing professional relationship with each and […]

05/02/13

Now Available…A Helpful Course for Microtia and Atresia Families and Medical Professionals on Options and Experience

  Hello Everyone! On, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, I presented an educational session through AudiologyOnline (sponsored by Oticon Medical) about Microtia and Atresia discussing all options that are currently available along with sharing my own experience with Microtia and Atresia after my youngest daughter was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear.  This […]

05/02/13

Ear Community Kicks Off Its 2013 Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics

Hi Everyone! Ear Community is proud to host seven more Microtia and Atresia summer family picnics this summer around the world.  Last year’s picnics that Ear Community hosted took place in Canada and in the United States and helped bring almost 1,000 people together.  Ear Community’s picnics welcome Microtia and Atresia families and individuals (including […]

05/02/13

Ear Community and Oticon Medical Help Atlanta Boy Hear Better During the Month for Better Speech and Hearing

Meet Bear.  Bear is two years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  Bear was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia (born with Grade I Microtia of both ears and has no ear canals resulting in hearing loss).  Bear is a very bubbly little boy who enjoys exploring life everyday.  Even though Bear would carry on […]

04/17/13

Ear Community to Present Microtia/Aural Atresia Webinar Through Audiology/Online on April 23rd

  AudiologyOnline – Webinar on Microtia and Aural Atresia April 23, 2013 at 11AM Eastern Daylight Time Session name:  “Microtia/Aural Atresia:  A Parent’s Perspective” Course #22141 Melissa Tumblin, Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community has been invited to host a webinar session through AudiologyOnline discussing Microtia and Aural Atresia that will take place on […]

04/16/13

Sophono receives worldwide clearance of Alpha 2 device for MRI

    Hi Everyone! As of April 12, 2013, Sophono, Inc.– manufacturer of abutment-free, implantable, bone conduction hearing devices – has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). With the clearance, individuals in the United States who have the Sophono Alpha 2™ System can undergo MRI – in […]

03/28/13

Ear Community Is Proud To Award It’s First College Scholarship

Ear Community is proud to announce that Camilla Gilbert of Cincinnati, Ohio is the first recipient of an Ear Community college scholarship.  Camilla was born with Grade III Bilateral Microtia and Atresia and has never had reconstructive surgery.  Even though Camilla was born deaf, she says “fortunately my family was able to afford a bone […]

03/27/13

Ear Community and Oticon Medical Help Malaysia Boy Hear the Sounds of Life…

Meet Hazeeq.  Hazeeq is two years old and lives in Malaysia.  Hazeeq was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia (born missing both ears and has no ear canals resulting in hearing loss).   Hazeeq doesn’t let his Microtia and Atresia bring him down though.  He loves playing with his two brothers and carries on just […]

03/10/13

Ear Community Kicks Off Its 2013 Microtia and Atresia World Tour of Summer Family Picnics

Hi Everyone! Ear Community is proud to host seven more Microtia and Atresia summer family picnics this summer around the world.  Last year’s picnics that Ear Community hosted took place in Canada and in the United States and helped bring almost 1,000 people together.  Ear Community’s picnics welcome Microtia and Atresia families and individuals (including […]

03/09/13

Dr. John Reinisch Launches New Website

Hi Everyone! In February of 2013, Dr. John Reinisch proudly launched his new website, http://www.drjohnreinisch.com/microtia/what-is-microtia/.  Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented birthmarks, and microtia (congenital deformity of the ear). He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking design and successful use […]

01/25/13

Ear Community Helps Make One Little Boys Christmas A Little Brighter

This is adorable little Evan Holley who is five years old and was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia.  Evan’s family could only provide him with one Baha (bone conduction hearing device) even though he needed two to hear best. Insurance coverage had denied their claim for a second Baha for Evan.  On December 3rd, […]

11/26/12

Growing Strong: Ear Community Charity Achieves Nonprofit Status…

On Monday, November 26, 2012, the Daily Camera newspaper featured an article on the front page of the ‘Local’ section about Ear Community and how Melissa’s work is helping give back to the community as a global nonprofit organization.  ________________________________________________________ Growing Strong:  Ear Community Charity Achieves Nonprofit Status By Megan Quinn Daily Camera Staff Writer […]

11/25/12

Broomfield Woman Aims To Expand Ear Community’s Reach With Nonprofit Status…

Hi Everyone! This is the latest article about Ear Community that was published in the Broomfield Enterprise this Sunday Morning, November 25, 2012, during Thanksgiving weekend.  I know success does not happen over night, but little by little I hope to find the funding to help Ear Community grow the way that I would like […]

11/13/12

Please Donate To Ear Community and Help Support Our Cause For Loved Ones Born Without Ears…

Hello Everyone, Many of us choose to donate to charities each and every year because they have either helped us or because we believe in their cause. Well, now we have Ear Community, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that directly helps the Microtia and Atresia community. I am one mom who is really trying to help […]

10/16/12

3rd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange…Deadline November 16, 2012

Hi Everyone! Below are the details for our 3rd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange… This is an international gift exchange, so you may be assigned an international friend. 🙂 The minimum to spend on a gift is $20 (USD). Please take into consideration that the cost of shipping a package to another country may cost […]

09/12/12

Ear Community Proudly Becomes a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization…

I am pleased to announce that as of August 16, 2012, Ear Community became a non profit organization.  Ear Community will continue to help individuals, families, and medical professionals around the world learn more about Microtia and Atresia including their options along with advocacy.  Ear Community is also a global organization and plans on helping […]

09/12/12

Oticon Medical Extends Invite to Ear Community to Present at the 2nd Annual Patient Advocacy Conference…

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, I, (Melissa Tumblin) – Founder of Ear Community and the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook, presented at the 2nd Annual Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Conference in Somerset, New Jersey.   I spoke about advocacy and how Ear Community (www.Ear Community.com) can help families and individuals with Microtia and Atresia […]

08/19/12

Ear Community Becomes a 501c3 Non Profit Organization…

Hello Everyone, As of August 16, 2012, I am so very proud to announce that Ear Community became a 501 c3 non profit organization.  I will be announcing details in the upcoming weeks and making some changes to our website along with listing our Tax ID Number.  However, I would like to share with you […]

07/28/12

Cochlear, Oticon Medical, and Sophono Sponsor the First Annual Microtia and Atresia Family Picnic in Pleasanton, California Through Ear Community…

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, we hosted our Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnic in Pleasanton, California! We had nearly 200 people attend our picnic. A very special Thank You to Amy Gile and her family for hosting our picnic. Thank you Amy for also being my host family and allowing me to stay with […]

07/27/12

New Website to Launch for Dr. Sheryl Lewin of Aesthetic Ear Reconstruction…

As of Friday, July 27, 2012, Dr. Sheryl Lewin launched her new website, www.MicrotiaEarSurgery.com.  Dr. Sheryl Lewin also has her own private practice located at: Aesthetic Ear Reconstruction 1301 Twentieth Street, Suite 430 Santa Monica, CA  90404 Office:  310-828-1414 Mobile:  310-291-2078 E-mail:  SherylLewinMD@gmail.com Dr. Sheryl Lewin no longer works for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Ear […]

07/21/12

Cochlear and Oticon Medical Sponsor the First Annual Microtia and Atresia Family Picnic in Calgary, Alberta Canada Through Ear Community…

On Saturday, July 21st in Calgary, Alberta Canada, we had our 1st Microtia and Atresia summer family picnic (including families of Goldenhar Syndrome, Treacher Collins, and Hemifacial Microsomia loved ones).  The day was beautiful and so was our park location.  Cochlear and Oticon Medical proudly sponsored our picnic along with Handy Latino & Associates Carpet […]

07/21/12

Cochlear, Oticon Medical, and Sophono Sponsor the Second Annual Microtia and Atresia Family Picnic in Broomfield, Colorado Through Ear Community…

On Saturday, July 21, 2012, I hosted our 2nd Annual Summer Picnic for Microtia and Atresia families (including Goldenhar Syndrome, Treacher Collins, and Hemifacial Microsomia families).  Our Colorado Picnic was a huge success! Even though it was 100 degrees, we had close to 200 people attend (almost double the amount of people from last year’s […]

07/16/12

AudiologyOnline Publishes Interview with Melissa Tumblin, Founder, Ear Community on July 16, 2012

Hi Everyone, Today, my latest article was published by AudiologyOnline about Ear Community and Microtia and Atresia.  I am thankful for the opportunity to have been interviewed by AudiologyOnline and I am honored to have been featured in an article by such a wonderful global organization.   I founded Ear Community in 2012 and launched […]

06/30/12

Cochlear, Oticon Medical, and Sophono Sponsor the First Annual Microtia and Atresia Family Picnic in Webster, Texas Through Ear Community…

Our Texas Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnic was a huge success. Even though it poured rain with thunder and lightening the entire time, close to 90 people had a wonderful time and still found a way to have fun and share experiences with one another. There were little girls hula hooping in the rain […]

06/18/12

Cochlear, Oticon Medical, and Sophono Sponsor the First Annual Microtia and Atresia Family Picnic in Yonkers, New York Through Ear Community…

With great pleasure I would like to thank Cochlear Americas, Oticon Medical and Sophono for sponsoring our summer picnic that was just held in Yonkers, New York for Microtia and Atresia families (including Hemifacial Microsomia, Treacher Collins and Goldenhar Syndrome families).  Our event would not have been possible if it were not for our sponsors.  […]

06/01/12

HI HOPES Home Intervention Conference in Petroria, South Africa in June 2012…

Hello Everyone! The HI HOPES Organization is a wonderful home intervention program that offers helpful services for early intervention, hearing loss and support for individuals and families who have Microtia and Atresia.  There will be a very helpful and informative conference for families living in South Africa in June, 2012.  This conference is called the Global […]

06/01/12

HI HOPES Home Intervention Confernce in Como, Italy in June of 2012…

Hello Everyone! The HI HOPES Organization is a wonderful home intervention program that offers helpful services for early intervention, hearing loss and support for individuals and families who have Microtia and Atresia.  There will be a very helpful and informative conference for families living in Italy in June, 2012.  The Conference is called the NHS-Newborn […]

05/20/12

Happy 2 Year Anniversary to the Microtia and Atresia Support Group (founded on May 20, 2010)…

Hello Everyone, Today marks the 2 Year Anniversary for our global support group on Facebook, the Microtia and Atresia Support Group.  Our support group has helped thousands of families and individuals around the world learn how to become better advocates and learn about all of their options.  Our support group has become internationally recognized and […]

03/18/12

Ear Community From the Heart, an article published in the Broomfield Enterprise today

Hello Everyone, This morning, Sunday March 18th, 2012, a very nice story went out in the Sunday Morning Broomfield Enterprise news paper for our home community.  Joe Rubino (Broomfield Enterprise Reporter) did a wonderful job relaying my feelings and points regarding helping promote public awareness about Microtia and Atresia and how the Ear Community website […]

03/04/12

Microtia and Atresia Global Conference Call on Thursday, March 8th, 2012…call in on 1-866-613-5223 at 4:30pm MST

Hello Everyone! On Thursday, March 8th at 4:30pm Mountain Standard Time (6:30pm Eastern Standard Time) for American and Canadian time zones, I will be hosting a global conference call to discuss Microtia and Atresia through the AboutFace Organization in Canada.  Anyone around the world is welcome to join in on this call if you can […]

02/17/12

Ear Community is Already Helping Families…

The following “thank you” was posted to our support group wall on Friday, February 17, 2012 by one of our support group members: “My daughter is 3 1/2years old and for the first time today I feel like we have direction and are getting somewhere with her microtia and atresia. This is all thanks to […]

01/27/12

Our Support Group Reaches More Early Intervention Therapists…

On January 27, 2012, I received a call from an Early Intervention service provider called Chatter Pillar Kids in Denver asking to attend our summer picnic scheduled for July 21st and also inquiring about our group’s new website, Ear Community.  Chatter Pillar Kids is an ideal organization as they provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy […]

01/20/12

More Interest for Our Support Group Through Helpful Resources and More Parent Advocates…

On January 20, 2012, I was asked by a researcher and her committee of parent advocates if our new website and support group could be included in a new helpful resource guide that will soon be available.  I am not only honored to have been asked for Ear Community to be included in this new […]

01/16/12

Audiology Online Embraces the Microtia and Atresia Support Group…

Also on January 16, 2012, I received an e-mail from AudiologyOnline, http://www.audiologyonline.com/, asking to link to our new website when it launches.  What an honor to know that a global audiology organization is excited for our new website and appreciates the passion about hearing loss in our support group.  Thank you Audiology Online for your […]

01/16/12

The Educational Audiology Association Embraces Our Support Group…

On January 16, 2012 I receive a message from an audiologist letting me know that our support group was “spotlighted” by the Educational Audiology Association, the EAA.  This was very exciting news not just for our support group, but we also had over 20 audiologists join our group over the next couple of days.  Thank […]

12/21/11

Dr. Greg O’Toole of the UK Embraces Our Support Group…

On December 21, 2011, I received an e-mail from Dr. Greg O’Toole of the UK (world renown Rib Graft surgeon) sharing some information with me including a video of one of his patients, named Ethan, who was born with Microtia.  Thank you Dr. O’Toole for your kind message and for embracing our global support group.  […]

11/20/11

The Microtia and Atresia Support Group Turns 1.5 Years Old on November 20th, 2011…

On November 20, 2011, our support group turned 1.5 years old!  When founded on May 20, 2010 I was our group’s first member.  Since then, we have grown to have over 2,500 global members (including anonymous members) total.  According to our support group’s Facebook statistics, we have had nearly 1 million post views in the […]

11/15/11

Meetings With Cochlear and Sophono…

In November of 2011, I was invited to a meeting with marketing at Cochlear to discuss how Cochlear could help our support group.  We discussed the global picnics and we also discussed the launch of the new website.  Cochlear is excited to help our support group bring families together at our picnics too.  It was […]

10/27/11

Planning for Our Support Group’s 2nd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange…

During the month of October, 2011, our support group hosts its 2nd Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  In 2011, our Secret Santa Gift Exchange became a global gift exchange.   Our group also continues to become more and more global everyday helping families and medical professionals around the world.

10/26/11

Meeting with Cochlear Regarding Medicaid in Colorado for BAHA Coverage…

On October, 26 2011, a group and I met with Donna Sorkin, Vice President of Consumer Affairs for Cochlear, George Cire (renown audiologist and BAHA expert), and Tara Oneill (insurance specialist for the rocky mountain region).  Other members of the group at the meeting that night included Dr. Cheryl Johnson (one of Colorado’s top audiologists), […]

10/15/11

I Share My Latest Document on “10 Helpful Tips for BAHA Wearers” With Our Support Group…

In October of 2011, I release my latest document called “10 Helpful Tips for BAHA Wearers” with members of our support group, medical professionals and additional support groups and helpful resources.  This document received an overwhelming response by the community.  I received numerous e-mails from audiologists, surgeons, medical professionals such as therapists and staff from […]

10/15/11

Meeting With Oticon Medical…

Also, in October of 2011, I have a meeting with Oticon Medical’s US Subsidiary Manager/President for the US.  After a full day of discussing Microtia and Atresia and how to help promote awareness, Oticon’s president asked me what can Oticon do to help me with our support group.  Along with a few other ideas, I […]

10/15/11

Facebook Announces Removing the Discussions Application for all Groups and Pages…

During the month of October in 2011, I receive news from Facebook that our group’s discussion area will be removed as they will be removing the “discussions” application on all groups and pages.  Unfortunately, this is the area of our support group that holds the heart of our group’s information and resources.  At this point, […]

09/25/11

Attending the American Society for Plastic Surgeons Conference in Denver, CO…

On September 22, 2011 I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Brad Kesser and Dr. Burt Brent in person in between their scheduled presentations.  I have to say that was such an honor for me to have met them.  Both Dr. Brent and Dr. Kesser took the time to spend an hour with me and […]

09/15/11

I Receive Phone Call From Regenear of Spain…

In September, I receive a phone call from Agata Gelaberto of Regenear.  We have a very nice 45 minute conversation about Regenear, a company that Agata and her husband have started in Spain that focuses on the biomedical engineering of ear cartilage for individuals with Microtia.  Agata’s daughter has Microtia and has been diligently working […]

09/15/11

Our Support Group is Mentioned at an Audiology Conference By a World Renown Microtia Surgeon…

In September of 2011, I receive an e-mail from Dr. Cheryl Johnson (one of Colorado’s leading audiologists) letting me know that at an audiology conference she attended in California, Dr. Sheryl Lewin mentioned our support group as a helpful resource and touched on how open, warm and unbiased our group is.

08/28/11

I Share a Comparative Review on the BP100/BAHA3, Ponto Pro, and Alpha 1 (S) Sound Processors…

On August 28, 2011 I share a comparative review on the three BAHA styles that Ally was able to trial.  This comparative review not only discussed the Cochlear BP100/BAHA3, Oticon Medical Ponto Pro, and Sophono Alpha 1 (S) all on a soft band, but I touch on hearing loss and discuss audiograms/hearing evaluations and the […]

08/27/11

My Family is Asked to Attend Oticon’s 1st Annual Patient Advocacy Conference…

During the weekend of August 27th, 2011, Oticon invited my family to attend their 1st Patient Advocacy Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  During this conference, my family and I learned more about the Ponto series sound processors and bone conduction technology.  We were also given the opportunity to meet with 10 other families who all wear […]

08/15/11

Our Support Group is Recognized by Public Health and List Serve Agencies…

In August of 2011, I receive a handful of e-mails from Denver Public Health and TriCounty Health Departments asking me if they can pass along my group’s information to families with Microtia and Atresia and to have their staff/personnel note our support group as a helpful resource for the deaf and hard of hearing.  I […]

06/15/11

Microtia and Atresia Support Group Recognized by the House Research Institute…

In June of 2011, I contacted the House Research Institute and had a very nice phone conversation with their education director.  As of June, 2011, the House Research Institute agreed to add a link for our support group as a helpful resource on their website.

06/15/11

Continuing to Help Find With Surveys About Atresia

In June, Dr. Brad Kesser asks if our support group would run a survey through to group members about unilateral Atresia in children growing up and their experience in the school classroom. 

06/11/11

Our Support Group’s 1st Annual Summer Picnic in Denver, CO for Families With Microtia and Atresia…

For three months I planned for our summer picnic.  I drove around to at least thirteen grocery stores with Ally (when I found the time to do so) and information on letterhead about our support group asking for donations for our picnic.  I was determined to bring Microtia and Atresia families together no matter what…even […]

04/18/11

Reaching Out To Other Families With Microtia/Atresia…

In April, I was contacted by Chicago Hands & Voices along with one of our support group members and asked to be on a conference call with families who have children with Microtia and Atresia.  Our conference call took place on April 18, 2011 and lasted for an hour and a half.  I am always […]

02/02/11

I Contact Oticon Medical About Our Support Group…

On February 2, 2011, I contact Oticon Medical to share with them how our support group is a helpful resource for individuals with Microtia and Atresia and who have hearing loss.  On this day I had an hour and a half conversation with Oticon’s Vice President of Marketing explaining the little bit of awareness Microtia […]

01/15/11

Meeting With Sophono…

In January of 2011, I have a meeting with the Marketing Manager, the District Sales Manager, and the Vice President of Business Development for Sophono to discuss the newly released Alpha 1 system.  We also discuss the lack of awareness about Microtia and Atresia.

01/15/11

A Continued Helpful Resource at Surgeon Offices…

In January of 2011, Dr. Arturo Bonilla recognizes our support group as a helpful resource and begins telling his patients about our support group.

01/15/11

Asked to be a Board of Director Member for the Hands & Voices Organization…

In January of 2011, I become a member of the Board of Directors for the Hands & Voices Organization.

01/15/11

Another Surgeon Office Recognizes Our Support Group as a Helpful Resource…

In January of 2011, Dr. Burt Brent’s office recognizes our support group as a helpful resource and agrees to let patients know about our support group.

01/15/11

My First Article is Published…

In January of 2011, my first article is published in the 2011 Winter Issue of the National news letter, “The Communicator,” through the Hands & Voices Organization (www.handsandvoices.org).  My article is called:  Falling Through The Cracks With Microtia/Atresia and can be accessed under this website’s “About” section under “Our Story” and also at the following […]

12/15/10

Our Support Group is Recognized as a Helpful Resource in Another Surgeon Office…

In December of 2010, our support group is acknowledged by Dr. Thomas Romo and his staff as a helpful resource for families with Microtia and Atresia.

12/15/10

Our Support Group is Being Utilized as a Helpful Resource for Military Families…

In December of 2010, I receive an e-mail from a US military counselor asking if she could utilize our support group website as a means of educating US Military families stationed in Guam so they could know what options are available regarding Microtia and missing ears in general.

12/15/10

Our Support Group Information is Utilized in Audiology Teaching Universities…

In December of 2010, I am contacted by Dr. Cheryl Johnson, one of Colorado’s top audiologists, and I am asked if she could utilize pictures of my daughter Ally wearing her BAHA for teaching her students in the classroom.  Dr. Johnson also asks to pass along information about our support group to her students.  Dr. […]

12/15/10

Continuing to Update Medical Professionals…

As of December 2010, both our family ENT and my OB/Gyn know about our support group and appreciate being updated on Microtia and Atresia.  Both agreed to pass along the information about our support group to families and staff regarding children being born with Microtia and Atresia at Avista Adventist Hospital (where I delivered both […]

12/15/10

Our Support Group Continues to be Considered a Helpful Resource for Families…

In December of 2010, Dr. Joseph Roberson’s office decides to add a link to our support group on the AtresiaRepair website for families as a helpful resource. 

10/26/10

Our Group’s First Secret Santa Gift Exchange…

In October 2010, I begin planning for our group’s very first Secret Santa Gift Exchange for both children and adults in our support group.

10/15/10

A Memeber of the Parent Advisory Board/Council for Children’s Hospital Colorado…

As of October 2010, I become a member of the Parent Advisory Board/Council for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

10/15/10

Helping Out With Microtia and Atresia Surveys…

In October 2010, I am asked by Dr. Reinisch and Dr. Lewin’s office to send a Microtia survey through our support group to find out some FAQ (frequently asked questions) about Microtia that would help the office update their Microtia questionnaire.

10/15/10

Asked to Write an Article About My Experience with Ally and Her Microtia and Atresia…

In October of 2010, I am asked by the Hands & Voices Organization to write an article about my experience with Ally and her Microtia and Atresia.  I am also invited to the Hands & Voices Gala where I am asked to speak about my experience with Microtia and Atresia as a parent advocate.

09/10/10

Letting Cochlear Know About Our Experience With the Intenso BAHA…

On September 10, 2010 I write Cochlear Americas to let them know of our positive experience with Ally responding to the BAHA.

09/08/10

Our Support Group Continues to Be Recongnized as a Helpful Resource…

On September 8, 2010, Dr. Brad Kesser’s office begins telling patients about our support group as a helpful resource to families with Microtia and Atresia.

09/02/10

Our Support Group is Recognized as a Helpful Resource for Families by Surgeon Offices…

On September 2, 2010, Dr. John Reinisch and Dr. Sheryl Lewin’s office recognizes our support group as a helpful resource for families and begins telling families/patients about our group.

08/31/10

Ally Receives Her First Loaner BAHA…

During the end of August/beginning of September, 2010, Ally receives her very first loaner BAHA.  She began wearing the Cochlear Intenso on a pink soft band head band.  When Ally was between 6 and 7 months of age, she was babbling and cooing.  Suddenly, around 8 months of age…Ally just stopped.  She would not acknowledge […]

05/10/10

Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook, Founded

On May 20, 2010, the Microtia and Atresia Support Group was founded on Facebook.

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