March 1996
Media Contact: John Welby
Phone: (410) 955-1078

Johns Hopkins is launching the Listening Center, a comprehensive medical, technological and rehabilitative center for helping profoundly deaf children learn to hear and speak. The Center is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States.

At the reception, physicians and rehabilitation specialists will discuss cochlear implant surgery and post-operative therapies that develop hearing.

Children treated in the program will demonstrate their hearing skills. To date the Center has helped more than 40 children who were born deaf develop their listening skills.

John Niparko, M.D., associate professor of otology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and director of the Listening Center, also will present recent research that shows the cochlear implant to be among the most cost-effective surgical procedures. Video B-Roll of Niparko performing cochlear implant surgery will be available.

A background paper detailing the Listening Center's approach to cochlear implant surgery and rehabilitation is attached, along with some highlights of Niparko's research.

At 6:30 p.m., the press reception will be followed by a fund raising dinner where William Bennett, former U. S. Secretary of Education will speak.

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