This past May during Better Hearing and Speech Month we held the fourth annual Turn It Down Concert. The event brought attention to the dangers of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and also helped raise funds for long-time patient and collegiate athlete Thomas Guidon’s trek to the 2009 Deaflympics.
The Olympic Games, Deaflympics, Paralympics, Special Olympics, and Youth Olympic Games are all international events recognized by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). The Deaflympics requires its participating athletes to have a hearing loss in their better ear of more than 55 decibels. 3959 athletes from 81 countries have gathered in Taipei, Taiwan for the 21st Summer Deaflympics (September 5th to 15th).
We were just notified that Thomas was presented with 5th place in the Men’s Pole Vault Finals. Congratulations Thomas, the entire ESHC team has been cheering you on and can’t wait to hear about your time at the 2009 Deaflympics.