Fourteen-Year-Old HearStrong Champion Discusses Overcoming Hearing Loss on iHeartRadio

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:12:00 EST

On September 21, Victoria Bradford, 14, of Vero Beach, FL, was celebrated as a HearStrong Champion during the National Basketball Retired Players Association’s annual conference in Port St. Lucie, FL. After receiving her official certificate and medal from Ed Keller, president and founder of The HearStrong Foundation, Victoria was invited to discuss her experience with hearing loss with iHeartRadio’s Sports Inside & Out during a live broadcast from the conference.

Diagnosed with hearing loss at a young age, Victoria benefited from the early assistance of hearing devices and speech therapy. Today, Victoria is an accomplished student, musician and athlete. In recognition of her accomplishments, her audiologists at Associated Coastal ENT nominated her to be considered for the foundation’s top award.

“By helping champions like Victoria tell their story, we hope to shatter the social stigmas surrounding hearing correction and help spread hearing health awareness,” said Keller.

As the cornerstone of the foundation, which is fueled by the dedication of EarQ providers, HearStrong Champions are the men, women and children who acknowledged their hearing loss, sought solutions, experience their lives in the fullest and inspire others with hearing loss to take control of their hearing health.

Roughly 36 million Americans experience the need for hearing improvement - and that number is on the rise. Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers is losing their hearing ability, as well as 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, due to lack of education and negative connotations, many people choose to not seek treatment.

With the help of its champions, The HearStrong Foundation is working to end that once and for all.


Victoria is honored as a HearStrong Champion at the 2013 National Basketball Retired Players Association Legends Conference.


About HearStrong:
The HearStrong Foundation strives to recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and live their lives to the fullest. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, the foundation is a world-wide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about the foundation, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please contact:

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About EarQ:

EarQ strives to revolutionize the hearing healthcare industry through innovative business and marketing practices, national public awareness efforts and advocating for excellence in private patient care. Through its nationwide hearing healthcare locations, EarQ will work to shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and empower the millions of Americans who suffer from it to take control of their hearing health.

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About the National Basketball Retired Players Association:

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman.

Contact:

Paul Corliss, Vice President of Communications & Marketing
National Basketball Retired Players Association
#917-621-5744 | pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com


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