Local Charity Funds 15th Cochlear Implant Surgery

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Jacob Landis of Jacob’s Ride for Hearing (Annapolis, MD) announced earlier this morning that a 51-year-old female in Georgia received a cochlear implant with the funds raised by the charity.

Today’s surgery was the 15th surgery that the organization has financed the medical and physician costs. Jacob’s Ride for Hearing partners with other foundations that pay for the equipment/device costs.

Jacob’s Ride for Hearing was organized in 2013 to raise money and awareness for cochlear implants.

Landis experienced progressive bilateral hearing loss between the ages of two and ten, and received his first cochlear implant at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in 1999. In 2013, Jacob rode his bicycle to all baseball games at all 30 major league stadiums, kickstarting Jacob’s Ride’s mission to give the gift of hearing to those who lack insurance coverage or cannot afford it.

In a brief statement, Landis said that the financial negotiations for this surgery were challenging but tremendously satisfying. Additionally, Landis acknowledged the professionalism of the teaming foundation, equipment manufactures, surgeon, audiologists and hospital finance departments. Most of all, Landis thanked the donors to Jacob’s Ride for Hearing for their continued support.

Since Jacob’s Ride was founded in 2013, the nonprofit organization has raised nearly $200,000 that has now helped fund 15 cochlear implant surgeries in 10 of states, helping restore hearing for people from the ages of 1 to 52. Currently, in addition to one Anne Arundel County resident, Jacob’s Ride is working with four other cochlear implant candidates from Indiana, Kansas, Nevada and Missouri.

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Sarah Jane Dunaway