Of hurricanes and hearing aids

By David H. Kirkwood This post was first published August 30, 2011.  As we have already witnessed the start of the 2016 season we still draw comparisons of expectations and reality. Watching how my fellow New Yorkers reacted to Tropical Storm (née Hurricane) Irene over the past weekend reminded me of the tremendous power of…

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The kids are all right: Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings

David Kirkwood first published this post in June of 2011. In 2016, we are still working to have universal newborn hearing screenings across the world. Nearly everyone would agree that there is never a good time for a baby to be born deaf or with a significant hearing loss. And children who suffer hearing loss…

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Hearing Aids: Who Needs ’em?

By David H. Kirkwood Don’t get me wrong. The title of this post doesn’t mean I think hearing aids aren’t necessary. Quite the contrary. I strongly believe that there are hundreds of millions of people around the world who need hearing aids. But, the fact is, what I believe—or you believe–about what other people need…

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A talent for teaching is a terrible thing to waste

By David H. Kirkwood All of us can look back to our childhood and remember teachers who made a positive and permanent difference in our lives.  I was fortunate to have quite a few, including Miss Lamb, my first grade teacher, who not only taught me to read, but also showed me how much fun…

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