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Sonic Innovations Donates Hearing Aids and Treatment to Ohio Children

Donation Estimated to Value $12,980

Columbus, OHIO -Sonic Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCI), has donated $12,980 in hearing aid product to two Ohio children who suffer from hearing loss. Luebbe Hearing Service, Inc., in Columbus, donated the service and treatment for the hearing aids.

Madison Evans and Rachel Taylor each received as set of Sonic Innovations' Velocity miniBTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aids. Both children also received custom ear molds for their devices.

Evans, age 9, suffers from sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. According to Luebbe Hearing Service audiologist Donna Stimson-Ramey, this type of hearing loss not only involves a reduction in sound level, but can also affect speech understanding and the ability to hear clearly.

Taylor, age 17, suffers from mild hearing loss in both ears, which would fluctuate in severity due to her frequent ear infections.

"We needed hearing aids for my daughter and our insurance would not cover it. Sonic Innovations stepped in and donated the hearing aids. Since then, Madison is doing much better in school. Before the donation, her teacher would have to speak into a microphone and Madison would have to wear headphones. Now with her new hearing aids, she doesn't need that anymore and can participate like the other kids," said Kathy Evans, Madison's mother.

Sonic Innovations designs, develops, manufactures and markets advanced digital hearing aids for hearing impaired consumers.

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