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Producer Austin Chapman Reaches Millions with Inspiring Story on Hearing Loss; Launches Contest in Partnership with Phonak
Date:12/11/2012

WARRENVILLE, Ill., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Movie producer Austin Chapman was born profoundly deaf, but in August 2012, Chapman was fitted with a Phonak hearing aid that allowed him to clearly hear and understand music for the first time in his life. This experience inspired Chapman to partner with Phonak to seek out others to tell similar stories about their own life-changing experience that came with hearing – for the first time or again. The winning story will be produced into a short film by Chapman.

Beginning December 11, interested people can go to ArtOfTheStory.com to complete their story entries. In addition to the produced short film, the winner will receive a $25,000 prize from Phonak. The winner will be announced in February and the winning video will be featured on Phonak-us.com and ArtoftheStory.com

"I am only 23, but the hearing technology that has progressed over my lifetime has given me the opportunity to hear music for the first time, which I am forever grateful for," said Chapman. "I was deeply affected by the support and encouragement of complete strangers when I shared my story online, and received more than 14,000 comments. I know there are others out there with similar experiences, and I am excited to create a short film and continue to share this inspiration."

More than 38 million people in the U.S. are affected by some degree of hearing loss, and only 35 percent are above the age of 64. In fact, there are close to six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss. In short, hearing loss affects people of all age groups, including:

  • 3 in 10 people over age 60
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59)
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40)
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger)
  • An estimated 3 in 1,000 infants '/>"/>

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