Navigation Links
Producer Austin Chapman Reaches Millions with Inspiring Story on Hearing Loss; Launches Contest in Partnership with Phonak

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 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 and

"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

Austin was diagnosed with severe hearing loss at 9-months-old, but it wasn't until recently that he decided to give the new hearing aids a try. "My parents encouraged me to meet with my audiologist and test out the new hearing aids on the market. I went into the doctor's office to demo two different hearing aids and wasn't expecting to experience a significant change in my ability to hear. I couldn't have been more wrong," added Chapman. In Austin's case, it was a Phonak Naida S IX UP that allowed him to hear music for the very first time.

"Austin's story is wonderful on its own, but his passion to celebrate others' stories through film is truly commendable," said Phonak USA President Jeff Newnham. "There are many moving and encouraging stories out there about people whose lives completely changed as a result of gaining the ability to hear. We're delighted to join Austin in his commitment to shine a light on some of these profound stories. Our primary hope is that they motivate even more people to seek a hearing solution for themselves."

For more information and contest rules, visit and

About Phonak
Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of Sonova Group, has developed, produced and globally distributed state-of-the-art hearing systems and wireless devices for more than 60 years. The combination of expertise in hearing technology, mastery in acoustics and strong cooperation with hearing care professionals allows Phonak to significantly improve people's hearing ability and speech understanding and therefore their quality of life.

Phonak offers a complete range of digital hearing instruments, along with complementary wireless communication systems. With a worldwide presence, Phonak drives innovation and sets new industry benchmarks regarding miniaturization and performance.

Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Stephen G. Austin, CPA Joins Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Board Of Directors
2. Austin Recovery Becomes Learning Environment for Texas A&M Health Science Center Medical Students
3. Luminex Corporation Recognized as Best Technology Company in Austin
4. Starkey Hearing Foundation Founders Bill and Tani Austin Honored by Dalai Lama After Recent Hearing Mission to India
5. Quanterix Appoints Paul Chapman as President and Chief Executive Officer
6. The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Gen-Probe Incorporated in Connection with the Sale of the Company to Hologic, Inc.
7. Wintherix and Epitherix reaches an agreement with Pfizer and The Pfizer Incubator
8. Wound Management Products Market Reaches $15.2 Billion by 2016, Driven by Rising Demand for Bandages and Dressings in Developing World
9. Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reaches Proposed Consent Agreement with FTC
10. Aribex Reaches Major Milestone, Builds 10,000th NOMAD Handheld X-ray
11. The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Launches an Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Directors of Masimo Corporation in Connection with Executive Compensation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... -- --> --> According ... Product (Soft Tissue, All Tissue, Dental Welding Lasers), Application (Conservative ... - Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, is expected ... of 5.2% during the forecast period from 2015 to 2020. ... Figures spread through 167 P ages and in-depth TOC ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... and ST. LOUIS , Nov. ... (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today announced an early renewal ... which began in 1999, will now extend through at ... --> After evaluating pharmacy benefit manager capabilities during ... Express Scripts continues to offer the best health plan ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015 Booth #4303 – ... VAR ) will exhibit a broader array of products in ... Radiological Society of North America in ... at the meeting will feature X-ray components "At the Heart ... a line of products from Varian,s Claymount brand, and computer-aided ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Using a combination of two ... American children and adults, according to a new study by researchers at the School ... in Children and Adults: Using Combinations of Blood Glucose Tests ,” published in Frontiers ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... ... Newly reviewed and approved “NJ Top Dentist”, Dr. Eugene Isola III, is ... in 1935. His father graduated from NYU School of Dentistry in 1965. ... their commitment and passion to the Practice of Dentistry. Continuing the family practice ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... New York Times,” will be released on December 1, 2015, to coincide with World ... book about the groundbreaking journalist who covered the AIDS epidemic as he was dying ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... The American Society for ... honor of World AIDS Day 2015. On Nov. 30, ASCP shared its “Give a ... about World AIDS Day and the importance of getting tested for HIV. , ASCP ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... California-based i2i Systems, a pioneer defining ... Michigan-based Family Health Center (FHC) has selected i2iTracks as their population health management ... the largest Affordable Care Act grant for Federally Qualified Health Centers in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):