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Contest Winners Announced — Three Stories About Life Changes Resulting from Hearing Aids

Three Winners submitted stories about how hearing aids have helped make their lives better in the “SecondSense Sweet Sounds of Life Contest”

PHILADELPHIA, PA — [Sept. 30, 2011] SecondSense Hearing Solutions ( presents the three winning entries in the national search for real experiences and stories celebrating how people have reconnected to their lives with the help of hearing aids.

The Sweet Sounds of Life Contest invited people to share how a hearing instrument has impacted their lives or the lives of loved ones in a positive way. Contest entries were plentiful, with nearly 450 submissions addressing three separate themes. The three winners are Ellen Cole, from Albany, NY, Connie Cross, in South Casco, Me, and Stanley Katz, of New York, NY. Each receives a Kindle™ Reader and accessories bundle valued at $500.

A panel of certified Audiologists and hearing professionals on the SecondSense Hearing Solutions Advisory Board selected the winners. The contest was presented by American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), a national network of independent audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, universities, and hospitals. AHAA developed as an online hearing healthcare resource for consumers.

“For many years we have heard wonderful and touching stories from our Associates about how their patients reconnected to life after receiving hearing devices. We wanted to hear these stories directly,” said Tina Soika, President of AHAA, “and share them with those who could benefit from the experiences and challenges other people have encountered.”

The winning entries will be featured on the website, helping others to identify with and appreciate the impact and personal nature of hearing loss. Other submissions will also find their way into the public eye as articles and observations on the upcoming, “People Hearing Better” blog. AHAA, through the SecondSense site is committed to raising the level of hearing awareness and improving the opportunities for people to get the information they need to address personal hearing health concerns.

SecondSense™ Hearing Solutions is the online hearing resource from American Hearing Aid Associates, providing expert hearing care information, resources, and useful links so consumers receive the best hearing advice and treatments available. The site includes lifestyle surveys, an overview of hearing devices, and an extensive directory of certified hearing professionals. Follow SecondSense Hearing on Twitter @SecondSenseHear.

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