Chesapeake Hearing Centers Supports Jacob’s Ride

jacob's ride (400 x 300)Chesapeake Hearing Centers, Inc proudly handed Jacob Landis a sponsorship check today in his quest to raise $1,000,000 and hit a Home Run For Hearing.

April 3, 2013, Jacob Landis, 24, left his home in Annapolis, MD for a 175 day bicycle ride which took him more than 10,000 miles to every major league ballpark in the country to raise awareness about the benefits of cochlear implants. Jacob’s Ride ended his journey in September at Marlins Park in Miami.

Deaf by age 10, Jacob received a cochlear implant allowing him to be fully functional in the hearing world. Combining his love of cycling and baseball with a desire to help others, Jacob’s goal is to raise $1 million for others who could benefit from a cochlear implant but cannot afford one.

Hearing impairment is now the number one birth defect among children born in America. With more than 500,000 Americans living in the U.S. with severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implants are the most successful medical intervention for those profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. A small, complex electronic device, it bypasses the damaged parts of the inner ear and delivers electrical impulses to the auditory nerve sending information to the brain. Cochlear implants, coupled with intensive post-op therapy, can help young children to acquire speech, language, and social skills. Adults who have lost all or most of their hearing later in life often can benefit from cochlear implants as they learn to associate the signal provided by an implant with sounds they remember.

Having completed his ride and surviving being hit by a truck in South Florida, Jacob is still determined to hit his fund raising goal. He raised $150,000 during the Ride and is continuing to see the fund grow. Donations can be made through www.jacobsride.com.

Jacob’s Ride is a donor-directed fund created under The Annapolis Community Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds from Jacob’s Ride will be distributed to foundations who help cochlear implant candidates including proceeds will benefit The Gift of Hearing Foundation in Narragansett, R.I.; The Listening Center in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; and the J.W. Pickle Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.

Chesapeake Hearing Centers, Inc is Maryland’s oldest private practice audiology group. With 6 convenient locations, we have been providing services to the public for over 38 years. For more information, please visit www.helpyourhearing.com.

In photo: Dr. Caroline Aland, Director of Audiologic Services, Tim Aland, President, Mariya Hutto, Hearing Aid Dispenser and Dr. Ellen Frederick present Jacob Landis with a sponsorship check.