Monthly Archives: November 2013

Responding Like Never Before: Three-year-old Guoyiyang Receives Ponto Pro

Guoyiyang, a three-year old twin boy who has Bilateral Microtia and Atesia in China, received a Ponto Pro this month. Since birth, Guoyiyang has not been able to hear well, and for the first time ever, he has the opportunity to use a sound processor.

Until now, Guoyiyang has only responded to very loud sounds. He had only said “baba” and “mama”. Because Guoyiyang’s family does not have healthcare coverage, they were unable to afford a hearing device. Guoyiyang’s father, Mr. Guotao, found Ear Community online and inquired about help for his son. Now, with his new Ponto Pro, Guoyiyang instantly responds to soft whispers and the other sounds around him.

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Melissa Tumblin, founder of Ear Community, and Alan Raffauf, VP of marketing for Oticon Medical US, connected with a local business colleague, Martin Moller, a business director for Oticon China. Martin was able to obtain help from Scott Sun, also of Oticon China, where Scott helped translate and communicate with the family and Guoyiyang’s doctor, Dr. Qin Zhaobing.

“In addition to everyone coming together in China and the United States to help Yiyang, it was a joyous day for everyone.  Even Dr. Qin’s ENT team enjoyed not only getting to help little Yiyang, but they also were given the opportunity to learn more about bone conduction hearing devices and the chance to try a device on,” Melissa Tumblin said.

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A Ponto Advocate Adventure to Remember

When Ponto users come together amazing things happen. This year, as a thank you to a group of advocates, one of those amazing things included visiting The San Diego Safari Park. The park is home to wild and endangered animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia. We even got to meet a handful of the animals up close!

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Thank you again to those who have shared your experiences throughout the year. Your stories continue to help people in their own personal journeys. We’re looking forward to meeting more of you and continuing to bring the community together in as many ways as possible.

Do you have an experience to share? Let us know here or in the comments section below. And, you can always connect with Ponto users on the Oticon Medical Facebook Page and Twitter.

Kris Siwek Picked the Ponto System for Bone Anchored Hearing, Here’s Why

Kris Siwek suddenly lost her hearing after being diagnosed with a tumor at age 29. Here’s how she decided on the Oticon Medical Ponto system, and the results after becoming a long-term user.

“It’s a part of me, and it’s an extension of me. I put it on in the morning and don’t think about it again until I take it off at night, ” Kris explains in the video below.

Want to learn more about Kris’s story? You can read more here and watch our Google+ Hangout On Air with Kris here. Have a question? Let us know in the comments section below.