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Speech-language association will host 5K to help people hear better

By ERICA WEIFFENBACH
April 06. 2007

The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association will host its annual Stride Against Silence 5K walk to benefit cochlear implant patients on Saturday.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted in the inner ear to restore partial hearing to those who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing, according to the Web site for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Michael Tuccelli, 59, is the American sign language professor at the University of Florida.

He received a cochlear implant in the fall of 2005.

“Hearing sounds like the cats purring, frogs outside, even the annoying sound of the computer hum – “It’s just amazing,” he said.

A $10 registration fee for the walk goes to Shands’ cochlear implant fund.

Each participant gets a free T-shirt or bag and breakfast.

The three-mile walk begins at Flavet Field, moves through campus and eventually ends back where it began.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and registration is on site.

National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association President Jennifer Alva, 21, said she hopes the walk can raise more than $2,000.

The money raised for the cochlear implant fund pays for the therapy that’s needed after a patient receives the implant.

“It’s giving someone who’s profoundly deaf the ability to hear for the first time,” Alva said.

For more information, contact Alva at alvaj@ufl.edu. Continue

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