CMA Members Deliver Hearing Aids To Kids 11-09-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

CMA Members Deliver Hearing Aids To Kids 11-09-2010

Reported by Aaron Solomon
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
The Country Music Association Awards are about the music, but some CMA members took part in an event Tuesday that helped kids hear their music.
Five-time CMA winner Lee Ann Womack was one of a host of CMA performers at the convention center to help 100 area underprivileged children get the gift of hearing.
"As a mother with normal-hearing children, you want all children to be able to hear," Womack said.
An estimated 63 million children worldwide suffer from hearing loss, which is why the CMA teamed up with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to give the kids a chance to hear -- some for the first time.
"Any person, like Helen Keller, who are both blind and deaf, 100 percent say they'd rather hear than see," said Bill Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. "People get used to bumping into things; they never get used to not being able to express how they feel to someone else."
Each year, the Starkey Foundation delivers more than 100,000 hearing aids to kids in need around the world.
Melya Woods already had a high-tech hearing aid and completed the set of two Tuesday.
"She's so into everything now. She's into the violin, she dances now, where she was very shy from doing things like that," said Gwendolyn Woods, Melya's mother. "Work in school has picked up so much better because she's hearing more."
The Starkey Foundation hopes to distribute 1 million more hi-tech hearing aids worldwide by 2020.

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