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Anna Malnight

Anna is a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College and a volunteer at the local senior center. Her favorite hobbies are biking, golfing, swimming, basketball, walking her dogs, listening to music, riding roller coasters, visiting theme parks, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Anna's Cochlear Implant Story

Thu, 12 Jan 2023  by  Anna Malnight

I was born prematurely at 26 weeks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and required extensive medical intervention in order to survive. Although I passed my newborn hearing screening test, I was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss in both ears when I was seven years old. The doctors thought that the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine which I was put on shortly after my birth may have caused my hearing loss.