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WASHINGTON — Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94% of her hearing from the congenital degenerative condition.
But when the 18-year-old from Millburn, NJ, discovered that one in five teenagers is afflicted with Noise Induced Hearing Loss, or NIHL, she was motivated to find out why.
“I learned that this kind of hearing loss was permanent but totally preventable,” Vinik said.
Along with two of her close friends, Vinik set out to launch a campaign called “iTold4” to help educate young children on the simple steps they can take to prevent excessive noise from damaging their ears.