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Huh, What Did You Say?: May is 'Better Hearing and Speech Month'
Date:5/16/2008

PALM BEACH, Fla., May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/- "Huh, what did you say?" is a phrase being used more often by Americans, particularly our children. More than 30 million Americans, that is 1 in 9 individuals, have significant hearing loss and the numbers are growing at a dramatic rate. Thirteen out of every 100 school age children have some form of hearing loss. An effort to bring more attention to this social and economic problem is what led Kathlyn Maguire, who has profound hearing loss in both ears, to begin a grassroots campaign in 2004 that became a 501(C)(3) non-profit in 2007 known as Empowerment Through Hearing (ETH).

Ms. Maguire, a professional communicator, commissioned Listen Up! an 86-page illustrated book as a national public service campaign to increase the awareness of the widespread nature of hearing loss and to hopefully eradicate its stigma. The book, written by Natalie Garibian Peters, will be available at the end of May to schools as part of Wellness Programs and parents of pre-teen and teenage children through http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com. Retail prices: $25.95 in 4-Color; $15.95 in B&W.

To read excerpts from the book go to http://www.listenupkids.com

Ms. Maguire, the founder and president of ETH, had significant hearing loss for most of her life. "I was in denial for more than 40 years," she said. "I was much too embarrassed and frightened to admit my condition since many perceived it as a disability." Ms. Maguire doesn't want others to suffer the stigma she felt for most of her life and the ultimate isolation from friends and society caused by not being able to hear or follow a conversation. "Our children are at an even greater risk due to lifestyle and the cool toys they own," she said. "If my story and Listen Up! can help the
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