Dec 2015 Bay News 9

 A music teacher isn’t letting a disability keep her from following her dreams. Anne Rosato’s passion for music led her to become owner of Chosen Chord Music School in Palm Harbor. "For me, music is in the ear of the beholder,” said Anne. “It’s how you hear it, it’s how you perceive it."


Anne has degenerative hearing loss. "When I was four I got hearing aids," said Rosato.


Anne’s love of music only grew. Now, she’s living her dream and excited to be teaching students at Chosen Chord. Some of her students have disabilities, some do not. The hearing-impaired teacher explains her approach to instruction. "For piano students, I actually teach very much like Beethoven did. Beethoven watched his students play, so I know a lot of the songs my students are playing, so if they’re not playing a C and they shouldn't be, I call them out on it," said Rosato.


Aiden Campbell, 7, hears with the help of cochlear implants, he is a student at Chosen Chord. Aiden’s father, Randy appreciates the connection his son has with Miss Anne.


"As much as we understand our son’s hearing loss, having somebody who experiences it makes that connection much easier and hopefully that keeps music in his heart and keeps it with him for the rest of his life," said Campbell.


Rosato wants to share music with all her students, whether they’re learning how to sing or trying to master a musical instrument. Whatever challenge life brings, Rosato hopes she inspires others to enjoy music. "There is no right or wrong answer, it’s all about what you hear, it’s all about what you feel," said Rosato.

Feb 2016  Taranaki Daily News


A symphony of cicadas is just one of the sounds Dene McManus is having to adjust to hearing. The New Plymouth man was born deaf in his right ear and with only 50 per cent hearing in his left but in 2014 he lost his hearing completely.

"It was quite sudden, at first my hearing aid sounded like it had water in the back of it and then in the space of two months it had gone completely," McManus said.

"I thought my world had ended, I had to find out what I could do."


New Plymouth man Dene McManus is experiencing a new world of sound after getting a cochlear implant in his left ear


However an operation to install a cochlear implant has restored McManus' hearing in his left ear but the first thing he enjoyed was the silence. "It was fantastic, when you have hearing and then you lose your hearing the brain thinks you should still be hearing and sends sound into your mind," the police support staff member said. "The moment when I came out of the operation and there was silence it was brilliant."

Two weeks later McManus had the external pieces of the device fitted. "That's when the fun begins, when you get switched on people sound alien, my wife sounded like a minion on helium," he said. "I can hear my voice but I don't hear it the same way I used to hear it."

Now McManus is going through the process of learning to hear again and having the implant fine tuned.


"I've heard more sounds now than I ever had in my life. I remember sitting at the table and hearing the ripping sound as I peeled a banana, it was amazing."


While the complexity of sound McManus now enjoys is richer than ever before he said the sound of chirruping of cicadas is something he could do without. "It's like a referee blowing his whistle continuously for 24 hours, I have never heard it like this, it is just crazy. If I could go out and kill every single one of them I would."

McManus said he hopes to learn to tune the cicadas out as he gets used to his implant.


"You have just got to learn to adjust to sounds as well, when you hear new sounds as well they are in your face. It has been a ride, it really has but I would recommend it to anyone who has the chance because it gives you a better quality of life."

March 2016 Journal-News 

Megan Zahneis, a native of West Chester and Lakota West graduate, was born with a rare neurological disorder called HSAN II (Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy Type 2). “It rendered me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch to the same degree as most people,” she said. “I also have no reflexes, cannot regulate my body temperature and am deaf as a result.” There are an estimated 50 cases of HSAN II in the world, according to Zahneis, 19.


The loss of her hearing seemed like it would be an insurmountable challenge, but Cochlear implants have made a difference, she said. “I was born with moderate hearing loss in both ears and wore hearing aids from the time I was about 6 months old,” Zahneis said. “By the time I was in kindergarten, my hearing had started to deteriorate to the point where the hearing aids were no longer effective.”

That’s when audiologists told her parents about cochlear implant technology.

“I was implanted in my right ear in 2007 and in my left in 2011. I genuinely can’t imagine what my life would be like today without my Cochlear implants, which have allowed me to function extremely well in hearing society,” she said.


Zahneis is now a journalism major at Miami and has compiled an impressive resume.

She serves as a patient spokeswoman for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

In 2011, Zahneis won Major League Baseball’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” essay contest. The contest, based on Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier, the contest asks kids to write about barriers they’ve faced in their lives. She was able to meet then-MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who offered her a job as’s first Youth Correspondent, a position she still holds.


“In that capacity, I’ve been able to attend baseball games across the country, as well as All-Star Games, World Series and spring training,” she said, adding it has been a thrill to interview some of the biggest names in the game.


Most recently, Zahneis was named one of eight national winners of the 14th annual Graeme Clark and 5th annual Anders Tjellström scholarships. The scholarships’ namesakes, Clark and Tjellström, are hearing implant industry pioneers. The scholarships salute men and women who have excelled in academics, as well as, demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and humanitarian efforts in their respective communities, according to a press release. “We are proud to recognize these eight exceptional students and reward them with college scholarships,” said Tony Manna, president of Cochlear Americas, which sponsors the scholarship competition. “The winners overcame remarkable challenges and achieved so much in their young lives. We are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for this year’s scholarship recipients.”

March 2016 various sources


The University of Mississippi Medical Center's ENT and Communicative Sciences Department shared a heartwarming video on their Facebook page.



One of their patients received a gift of a lifetime - and another huge surprise on top of an already emotional moment.  


She was finally able to hear again thanks to a cochlear implant. But it's one of the first things she heard after the implant was activated that made the moment even more special.

The patient, already overcome with emotion from having her hearing restored, got an even bigger surprise when her boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to her.


"Well baby, I wanted to make one of the first things you hear, because I love you so much and you’re my best friend baby, I wanted to make the first thing you hear was me asking you to marry me," he told her.


And, of course, she said yes!