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Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

Hearing-impaired teen teaches fourth-graders about preventable hearing loss

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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.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:00 )

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Daughter visits rescuer in Belgium

Daughter visits rescuer in BelgiumBALTIMORE — Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the Holocaust in hiding in her native Belgium. Mom, however, shared few details — only her rescuer’s surname, Larose, and the name of the village, Villers-Poterie. But at a family wedding in 2009, Klein’s chat with a cousin launched a quest to find and meet one of her mother’s rescuers. Last week the Baltimore woman took another significant step: applying to Yad Vashem, Israel’s...
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California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kids

California teen shares passion for sports with special needs kidsWASHINGTON — As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee. “When I was a kid, baseball was my life,” said Barbee, now a 17-year-old high school senior at Tamalpais High School. But he also knew that his love of the sport couldn’t be shared easily by his brother, Conner, who is four years older and has autism. “I wanted him to be able to participate, but there wasn’t an environment for him to succeed,” Barbee recalled. Six y...
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The Sabbatical year — what is it?

The Sabbatical year — what is it?TEL AVIV — When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs. Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel, affecting its fields, supermarkets and, of course, its politics. The genesis of Shmita is Exodus, which commands the Israelites, “Plant your land and gather its produce for six years. But on the seve...
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Student program builds ties across racial lines

Student program builds ties across racial linesST. LOUIS — On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Gov. Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community leaders, Smith spoke off the cuff about his own experiences as a young black man — the constant need to be aware of his surroundings, for example, and the indignity of being questioned by the police for no ap...
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