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Sonia’s story: Saving hearts a world away

ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE GEAMBASU/CONOVARU FAMILY

When Sonia Conovaru was born in Romania in 2007 with a number of complex congenital heart defects, she was given a 10 percent chance of living 12 months. Her mom, Oana Geambasu, a young acting student, didn’t know anything about health care, but knew she wasn’t willing to accept that outcome. It was the start of a journey that would take them thousands of miles and forever change the course of their lives.

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Don't fall behind on newborn's hearing screening

baby & doctorby Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A – Director of Children’s Diagnostic Audiology Program

Newborn hearing screening is likely the most important public health initiative to ever occur within the field of hearing health. It has been known for decades that permanent hearing loss, which happens in at least three of every 1,000 babies born, in newborns is the most common birth condition.

The rate of hearing loss is about 10 times higher in babies who need specialized medical care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) because they have significant medical problems that put them at risk for developing a hearing loss.

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