Hunting for Hearing Conservation

The lush tropical paradise of Jungle Island in Miami served as host to swarms of eager egg-hunters during the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, supported in part by the UM Ear Institute and the Department of Pediatrics. The event on April 23 benefited the Children First Fund, and helped raise awareness and resources to support hearing and speech-language programs for children.

“Through the sea of Jungle Island guests it was wonderful to witness two departments coming together to offer support and educational information on the impact of hearing loss,” said Sergio Guerreiro, Au.D., assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology.

Representatives from the UM Ear Institute, The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the Debbie School were out in full force demonstrating state-of-the-art hearing amplification technology and teaching the value of hearing conservation.

“It was exciting to see our two departments working together in the magical atmosphere of Jungle Island to provide important information to our community about hearing loss,” said Kathy Vergara, M.A., director of the Debbie School.

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