The big day is here!!
April 16, 2017
BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
In 1988, Little Eddie was born profoundly deaf. At that time, no hearing restoration technologies were yet approved by the FDA, but luck would soon strike. In 1991, the FDA approved the Cochlear Implant for children ages 2 or older, and Eddie’s parents would soon make the scariest decision of their lives-- to implant their child with the CI with the chance and hope that he would at least hear some sounds. Nobody knew that Little Eddie would soon be able to understand speech and even be able to effectively communicate with his hearing peers!
I would like to share a video that showing one of the most special moments of my life: hearing my mother’s voice for the first time through the Cochlear Implant. (Little Eddie, yes that’s me in the video, see left!)
Motivated by the gift of hearing that I myself received, I am now PhD student at Harvard and study auditory neuroscience. On April 17th, I will be running the Boston Marathon while fundraising for the kind of research that brought the miracle of the Cochlear Implant! Helen Keller, who would have preferred blindness over deafness, once said “the problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness.” It took a long time for me to understand what Ms. Keller meant, but today I understand that she meant that communication with people is one of the most precious forms of human privileges we have.
Hearing may seem natural for most, but hearing is tool (very effective) for communication. Hearing, however, is not yet immune. Hearing loss has been reported by almost 50 million Americans (20%) and significantly affects the aging population- 1 in 3 adults over 65 experience some level of hearing loss. To understand and develop therapies for preserving and restoring hearing, basic and translational scientific research is critical and full of challenges. However, these challenges are surmountable with the continued support and inspired work of scientists, engineers, clinicians, and staff. It has been an honor working alongside these amazing individuals, I have been and continue to be touched. I am confident that their work will be fruitful for people across the world. Please consider donating to Team Eye and Ear and support this mission.
Thank you and good luck,
-Ariel Edward Hight
Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.
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