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Siemens Gives $1 Million Worth of Hearing Aids for Cancer Patients Suffering Hearing Loss

March 31, 2014 in Community News

From the Orlando Sentinel-mjameson@tribune.com 3/31/2014

Siemens is donating $1 million worth of hearing aids to cancer patients suffering from hearing loss, the company announced last week in Orlando at the American Association of Audiology conference.

Siemens will donate the hearing aids to adults and children who have incurred permanent hearing loss due to the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other cancer treatment regimens, said Scott Davis, CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments. Hearing loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment.

Siemens is partnering with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a national voluntary health nonprofit, and CancerCare, a leading national organization providing free support to those facing the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

Together the partners will bring hearing aids and audiology services to cancer patients across the country as part of The Baton Pass, a grass-roots fundraising campaign for Stand Up To Cancer, a national cause working to accelerate cancer research.

“Children and adults undergoing treatment have enough to worry about,” said Davis. “By partnering with these two organizations and their network of leading cancer institutions, we’re able to provide the gift of hearing to as many patients as possible.”

Left untreated, hearing loss in adults has been associated with cognitive decline, depression, dementia, heart disease and diabetes. In children, untreated hearing loss may result in poor cognitive and psychosocial development and delayed or compromised speech and language skills.

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