Ear Community

Ear Community The Ear Community Organization and it's online FB support group, the "Microtia and Atresia Support Group" are a 501c3 non profit organization that educates and promotes awareness about Microtia and Atresia.

Ear Community is a warm and supportive community for those who have any or all of the following: varying degrees of hearing loss, Microtia, Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia (HFM), Treacher Collins, or Goldenhar Syndrome. You will learn more about parent advocacy, self advocacy, and patient advocacy. You will discover information that can help you understand your options, find helpful resources, and

Ear Community is a warm and supportive community for those who have any or all of the following: varying degrees of hearing loss, Microtia, Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia (HFM), Treacher Collins, or Goldenhar Syndrome. You will learn more about parent advocacy, self advocacy, and patient advocacy. You will discover information that can help you understand your options, find helpful resources, and

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September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month! ❤Our children and adults who were born with craniofacial microsomia (CFM) ar...
09/12/2021

September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month! ❤

Our children and adults who were born with craniofacial microsomia (CFM) are beautiful and perfect in every way! All of our children and adults are unique and so are their personalities. It is important to love yourself.

We ask that everyone be kind to others, especially when someone does not understand something or is curious about differences. Choose kindness ❤

The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month! ❤

Our children and adults who were born with craniofacial microsomia (CFM) are beautiful and perfect in every way! All of our children and adults are unique and so are their personalities. It is important to love yourself.

We ask that everyone be kind to others, especially when someone does not understand something or is curious about differences. Choose kindness ❤

The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

September is Deaf Awareness Month! Never let hearing loss define you and embrace who you are. Options are always okay - ...
09/10/2021

September is Deaf Awareness Month!

Never let hearing loss define you and embrace who you are. Options are always okay - find the one that is best for you and helps you find the most happiness.
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The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

September is Deaf Awareness Month!

Never let hearing loss define you and embrace who you are. Options are always okay - find the one that is best for you and helps you find the most happiness.
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The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

Don't forget to RSVP to our upcoming two in person Ear Community Microtia and Atresia events! Our events are FREE and al...
09/08/2021

Don't forget to RSVP to our upcoming two in person Ear Community Microtia and Atresia events! Our events are FREE and always take place outside.

Saturday, October 2nd:
Richmond, Virginia
Mesa, Arizona

We are excited and looking forward to seeing our community members! An individual lunch will be provided and we have some fun and safe entertainment planned. We'll learn about all of our options for Microtia and Atresia as well. We are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

A special thank you to our sponsors for helping make our Ear Community events possible:
Platinum Sponsor - Cochlear Americas *Baha 6 Max and Osia
Gold Sponsor - Oticon Medical *Ponto 3SP, Ponto 4 & Ponto 5 mini
Silver Sponsor - MED-EL, *ADHEAR & BONEBRIDGE

We are excited to make these two in person events possible for our community members.
Thank you!
Ear Community
https://earcommunity.org/2021-picnics-and-events/

Cochlear Americas
Oticon Medical
MED-EL USA
Paul Tanner, CCA - Realistic Prostheses

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with this little beauty and her mama! This is sweet little Aubrey and her mama,...
09/03/2021

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with this little beauty and her mama! This is sweet little Aubrey and her mama, Jennifer. Aubrey was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Aubrey and Jennifer had the chance to meet while traveling from Texas to visit family here in Colorado. It's always nice being able to talk with someone in the same situation. These two are now well informed of all of their options for Microtia and Atresia as they begin their journey in our community. Aubrey is beautiful and perfect in every way and she lights up any room with her smile and sweet giggles! ❤️

I loved meeting with these two and sure miss seeing so many of our Microtia and Atresia families! Hoping to see everyone next year in person at our events! ❤️👂

- Melissa Tumblin
Founder - Executive Director
Ear Community
www.EarCommunity.org

Lori Novara

Happy Birthday to Ally from some of the Oticon Medical Denmark/US team! ❤"Happy Birthday Ally🎂💐🇩🇰🇺🇸 We are gathered in C...
09/02/2021

Happy Birthday to Ally from some of the Oticon Medical Denmark/US team! ❤

"Happy Birthday Ally🎂💐🇩🇰🇺🇸 We are gathered in Copenhagen and just wanted to congratulate you. Big hugs to the whole Tumblin family😘😘 "

Oticon Medical
Congressman Joe Neguse
Congressman Mike Thompson
David McKinley
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Michael Bennet
John W. Hickenlooper
Rep. Jason Crow
Congressman Ed Perlmutter
Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Happy Birthday to Ally from some of the Oticon Medical Denmark/US team! ❤

"Happy Birthday Ally🎂💐🇩🇰🇺🇸 We are gathered in Copenhagen and just wanted to congratulate you. Big hugs to the whole Tumblin family😘😘 "

Oticon Medical
Congressman Joe Neguse
Congressman Mike Thompson
David McKinley
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Michael Bennet
John W. Hickenlooper
Rep. Jason Crow
Congressman Ed Perlmutter
Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Happy Birthday, Ally! Ally was born 12 years ago and is the reason why the Ear Community Organization was founded. She i...
09/02/2021

Happy Birthday, Ally!

Ally was born 12 years ago and is the reason why the Ear Community Organization was founded. She is an amazing sweet little girl who we are SO proud of!

Our family has learned more from this little girl than we could have ever imagined. Thank you for bringing the world together in our Microtia and Atresia community since you were born!

We love you more than words could ever say! ❤🎉🧁🎁🎈❤
The Tumblin Family - Mommy, Daddy and Hailey
www.EarCommunity.org

Meet Willard! Willard is Ear Community's latest Bone Anchored Hearing Device recipient! Willard is 63 years old and live...
08/30/2021
Ear Community and Cochlear Americas help Georgia man receive the gift of hearing

Meet Willard! Willard is Ear Community's latest Bone Anchored Hearing Device recipient! Willard is 63 years old and lives in Savannah, Georgia, born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia. Thanks to his audiologist, Dr. Casey Allen and to Cochlear Americas, Willard was able to receive the gift of hearing through our Ear Community Organization!

Thank you to Dr. Allen for donating her time and services to fit and program Willard's new Baha 6 Max and for helping him fill out his application to our Ear Community Organization! A special thank you to Cochlear Americas for collaborating with Ear Community to help give back to the community by donating a Baha 6 Max! Ear Community is grateful to Cochlear Americas and is proud to be a collaborative partner since 2011! Thank you for partnering with Ear Community to help another member of the D/HH community receive the gift of hearing! ❤️🦻

For Willard's full story, please click on the following link: https://earcommunity.org/ear-community-and-cochlear-americas-help-georgia-man-receive-the-gift-of-hearing/668165/

The Ear Community Organization is proud to be a part of giving back to help Willard hear!
Congratulations, Willard! ❤️
Ear Community

Meet Willard! Willard was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and lives in Savannah, Georgia. Willard is 63 years old and has struggled all of his life with hearing loss. After visiting with a…

This weekend, Ear Community (Ally and I) were invited to come together with the Hearing Loss Association of America - Bo...
08/30/2021

This weekend, Ear Community (Ally and I) were invited to come together with the Hearing Loss Association of America - Boulder Chapter here in Colorado where we were able to come together with members of the D/HH community. We shared stories and talked about common struggles. We also talked about how Ally's Act will help so many in our community who wear Bone Anchored Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants.

Thank you to Terri Aggeler Shirley for inviting us and for organizing yesterday's event! It was great to see people in person and individuals in a similar to same situation. ❤️
Melissa Tumblin
Ear Community

Hearing Loss Association of America (Official Page)

Last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with these two beautiful ladies from Congressman Joe Neguse's office! Meet ...
08/24/2021

Last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with these two beautiful ladies from Congressman Joe Neguse's office! Meet Legislative Assistants Abbie Callahan (left) and Katie Wallace (middle) who have been working hard on Ally's Act, H.R. 477! Katie wrote our bill and Abbie manages our bill. Abbie is from the Fort Collins, CO area and Katie is from the Lafayette, CO area, two of the many districts that Congressman Neguse represents. Both have worked directly with Congressman Neguse in his Washington, D.C. office.

We are very excited about Ally's Act passing! There are a lot of passionate people behind our bill who want to make sure our children and adults have the opportunity to hear and thrive when needing bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants!

Thank you to Congressman Joe Neguse for listening to Ally and myself when we met directly with him in 2019, explaining how so many individuals are denied the opportunity to hear by their private insurers. We are grateful for everything Congressman Neguse and staff are doing to help Ally's Act pass and are looking forward to a hearing for this bill!

Thank you,
Melissa Tumblin
Ear Community
https://earcommunity.org/about/allys-act-h-r-5485/

Congressman Joe Neguse
Katie Wallace
Cochlear Americas
Oticon Medical
MED-EL USA
Advanced Bionics
Envoy Medical

Last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with these two beautiful ladies from Congressman Joe Neguse's office! Meet Legislative Assistants Abbie Callahan (left) and Katie Wallace (middle) who have been working hard on Ally's Act, H.R. 477! Katie wrote our bill and Abbie manages our bill. Abbie is from the Fort Collins, CO area and Katie is from the Lafayette, CO area, two of the many districts that Congressman Neguse represents. Both have worked directly with Congressman Neguse in his Washington, D.C. office.

We are very excited about Ally's Act passing! There are a lot of passionate people behind our bill who want to make sure our children and adults have the opportunity to hear and thrive when needing bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants!

Thank you to Congressman Joe Neguse for listening to Ally and myself when we met directly with him in 2019, explaining how so many individuals are denied the opportunity to hear by their private insurers. We are grateful for everything Congressman Neguse and staff are doing to help Ally's Act pass and are looking forward to a hearing for this bill!

Thank you,
Melissa Tumblin
Ear Community
https://earcommunity.org/about/allys-act-h-r-5485/

Congressman Joe Neguse
Katie Wallace
Cochlear Americas
Oticon Medical
MED-EL USA
Advanced Bionics
Envoy Medical

Hi Microtia and Atresia community members!Our Ear Community Organization just needs (3) more testimonials to maintain ou...
08/24/2021
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Hi Microtia and Atresia community members!

Our Ear Community Organization just needs (3) more testimonials to maintain our 2021 Great Nonprofits certificate. All you have to do is provide a brief testimonial at the following link: https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/ear-community

Thank you so much!
Melissa Tumblin
Founder - Ear Community

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Ear Community proudly awards it's 16th college scholarship!Meet Owen Poling, a Chinese-American from Lancaster, Ohio! Ow...
08/23/2021
Ear Community proudly awards its 16th college scholarship

Ear Community proudly awards it's 16th college scholarship!

Meet Owen Poling, a Chinese-American from Lancaster, Ohio! Owen graduated from Bloom-Carroll High School this past May and is looking forward to attending Albion College this fall in Michigan. Owen was born with Microtia and Atresia of his right ear. In Owen’s application letter, he spoke about growing up over the years and enduring stares from the public. He expressed how much the stares hurt him and how angry this made him – realizing that people thought that just by staring at his ear would do no harm to him.

However, accepting uniqueness and finding faith can help show you the way to being a stronger person! For more on Owen's story, please visit the link below:

https://earcommunity.org/ear-community-proudly-awards-its-16th-college-scholarship/668155/

We are so proud of Owen and we hope he does big things in genetics!
The Ear Community Organization
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Meet Owen Poling, a Chinese-American from Lancaster, Ohio! Owen graduated from Bloom-Carroll High School this past May and is looking forward to attending Albion College this fall in Michigan. Owen…

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to meet up with some of our Ear Community sponsors. About a month ago, I...
08/23/2021

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to meet up with some of our Ear Community sponsors.

About a month ago, I was able to meet up with our organization's contact, Keesha Pfeiffer from Cochlear Americas and just last week, I was able to meet up with our contact, Lynn Stephenson, from MED-EL! It has been so difficult not being able to travel and see our organization's sponsors or host our events, but it was great to meet up with Keesha and Lynn recently!

Thank you for the amazing support not only to our Ear Community Organization, but also to individuals with hearing loss throughout our community! These two have been working extra hard during COVID-19 and even with life's recent challenges here and there, they have been able to still go above and beyond helping so many! Both, Cochlear Americas and MED-EL implemented programs that helped audiologists and providers still mange to help work with their patients even virtually when needed and shipping hearing devices pre-programmed when needed. Thank you for knowing how important it is to keep hearing!

Thank you for the continued support even with current day challenges! Our community appreciates YOU!

Thank you!
Melissa Tumblin
Ear Community

Cochlear Americas
MED-EL USA

Join us for our in person Arizona Ear Community Microtia and Atresia picnic on Saturday, October 2nd!Location:  Mesa, Ar...
08/23/2021

Join us for our in person Arizona Ear Community Microtia and Atresia picnic on Saturday, October 2nd!

Location: Mesa, Arizona

Meet the Smith Family! Kristy, Pete, Olivia and Family have been very involved with our Ear Community Organization ever since sweet Olivia was born with one little ear! In addition Kristy being an Ear Community Board Member, she leads the HLAA Walk4Hearing team for Microtia families in Arizona each year, supporting both nonprofit organizations!

Our picnic is FREE with individual lunches and fun entertainment provided. We'll learn about the latest bone conduction hearing device technology and prosthetic ears. Families will have a chance to mingle, connect and maybe even make a new friend! Our event will be outdoors where everyone can socially distance as much as you would like.

A very special thank you to Ear Community's amazing sponsors:
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Cochlear Americas
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor: Oticon Medical
Thank you to our Silver Sponsor: MED-EL

We're excited to see everyone on Saturday, October 2nd at our Arizona Ear Community event! If you would like to RSVP for this event, please send an e-mail to Melissa at: [email protected]

Thank you and see everyone soon!
The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

Cochlear Americas
Oticon Medical
MED-EL USA
Kristy Smith

Always love hearing about individuals who not only wear hearing devices, but who are also work in the hearing healthcare...
08/17/2021

Always love hearing about individuals who not only wear hearing devices, but who are also work in the hearing healthcare field. That's awesome, Alexis!

Thank you for this share, MED-EL USA ❤
- Ear Community
www.EarCommunity.org

Very cool that Alexis, a MED-EL recipient and graduate student at The Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC, is able to use her own MED-EL equipment to perform listening checks for her patients!

Join us for our in person Virginia Ear Community Microtia and Atresia picnic on Saturday, October 2nd!Location:  Richmon...
08/17/2021

Join us for our in person Virginia Ear Community Microtia and Atresia picnic on Saturday, October 2nd!

Location: Richmond, VA

We'll welcome two beautiful families who are amazing advocates who will be our event picnic hosts! Welcome to the Herzing Family and the Logan Family! Meet Carly and Shelley Herzing with their daughter Kyla and twins, Zeke and Mazie! Mazie is one of Ear Community's Baha 5 recipients after their Virginia state insurance provider denying coverage for Mazie to hear better. Please also meet Kasi, George, Aleigh and Ella Logan! Ella was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and has two Medpor ears and is aided by the Cochlear Americas Baha 5! Both of these amazing families joined us in advocating for Bone Conduction Hearing Devices insurance coverage on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2019 during Advocacy Day!

Our picnic is FREE with individual lunches and fun entertainment provided. We'll learn about the latest bone conduction hearing device technology and all have a chance to mingle, connect and maybe even make a new friend! Our event will be outdoors where everyone can socially distance as much as you would like.

A very special thank you to Ear Community's amazing sponsors:
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Cochlear Americas
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor: Oticon Medical
Thank you to our Silver Sponsor: MED-EL

We're excited to see everyone on Saturday, October 2nd at our Virginia Ear Community event! If you would like to RSVP for this event, please send an e-mail to Melissa at: [email protected]

Thank you and see everyone soon!
The Ear Community Organization
www.EarCommunity.org

Cochlear Americas
Oticon Medical
MED-EL USA
Shelley Herzing
Carly Herzing
Kasi Logan
Abigail Spanberger
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
Congressman Morgan Griffith
David McKinley
Congresswoman Carol Miller

Congress has requested a Hearing for Ally's Act, H.R. 477!!!If you or your child have been denied a Cochlear Implant or ...
08/16/2021

Congress has requested a Hearing for Ally's Act, H.R. 477!!!

If you or your child have been denied a Cochlear Implant or Bone Anchored Hearing Aid by your private insurer, we need your help! This bill is named after my daughter, Ally, who was born with Microtia and Atresia. She wears a BAHA.

This week, Congressman Joe Neguse requested a hearing for Ally's Act! We need everyone's help to mail letters to two main members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington state and Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey.

If you would like our 1-pager, the template letters and call script emailed to you, please email me at: [email protected].com

Ally's Act, H.R. 477/S. 41 is a bicameral/bipartisan national piece of legislation that would ensure that private insurers cover cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids for hundreds of thousands of children and adults from birth to age 64.

We have advocated and fought for this piece of legislation and we want Ally's Act to pass! Please help us by supporting this piece of legislation. No child or adult should have to fight to hear!

Melissa Tumblin (Ally's Mom)
Ear Community
https://earcommunity.org/about/allys-act-h-r-5485/

Congress has requested a Hearing for Ally's Act, H.R. 477!!!

If you or your child have been denied a Cochlear Implant or Bone Anchored Hearing Aid by your private insurer, we need your help! This bill is named after my daughter, Ally, who was born with Microtia and Atresia. She wears a BAHA.

This week, Congressman Joe Neguse requested a hearing for Ally's Act! We need everyone's help to mail letters to two main members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington state and Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey.

If you would like our 1-pager, the template letters and call script emailed to you, please email me at: [email protected]

Ally's Act, H.R. 477/S. 41 is a bicameral/bipartisan national piece of legislation that would ensure that private insurers cover cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids for hundreds of thousands of children and adults from birth to age 64.

We have advocated and fought for this piece of legislation and we want Ally's Act to pass! Please help us by supporting this piece of legislation. No child or adult should have to fight to hear!

Melissa Tumblin (Ally's Mom)
Ear Community
https://earcommunity.org/about/allys-act-h-r-5485/

Address

280 E 1st Ave
Broomfield, CO
80038

General information

Ear Community (www.EarCommunity.org) is a 501c3 non profit organization that can help donate a new bone conductive sound processor/Baha to those who can not simply afford to purchase one or who have been denied coverage by their insurance company and to award college scholarships to teens and young adults who have chosen to keep their little Microtia ears as not everyone wishes to have surgery. If funds are available, it is possible that help with reimbursement could be available toward travel expenses when planning for surgery. Ear Community also provides education, helpful resources, and options on our website to help you learn more about Microtia and Atresia. Ear Community also continues to host summer picnics helping bring Microtia/Atresia (and Goldenhar, Treacher Collins, and Hemifacial Microsomia) families together around the world.

Telephone

(303) 646-7126

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Provides support, education and advocacy. Donates bone anchored hearing devices and provides services/contacts for hearing device programming/fittings, awards college scholarships, and connects families with each other through our support groups and our organized events.

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