Jennifer Paul’s Not-So Silent Journey

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Health Jennifer Paul’s Not-So Silent Journey Born with hearing defects to both ears, Jennifer Paul, with the help of HEAR, has grown up to be a successful bi-lingual social worker By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 3:13 pm More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Top of the News When a baby girl is diagnosed to be deaf her whole life, who would think she would grow up to live a normal life, learning two languages to boot?The HEAR Center knows, and Jennifer Paul is living proof.“I was born in Mexico in 1964 without bilateral atresia, which means I have no external ear and there’s no ear canal, [they told me] when I was born that I could not hear,” says Jennifer Paul.The doctor in charge of Paul’s development referred her parents to an otologist named Dr. Asch, who then referred the case to the HEAR Center after hearing Dr. Griffiths speak on the use of hearing aids to infants.Coming to LA, Paul was tested in the center’s sound room and was equipped with hearing aids the day she arrived.“When parents has kids in the situation like that, it’s a very stressful thing and you may not do anything, you don’t know what to do, you don’t have the resources, the capacity to research, etc., you can lose your first year without any assistance and that year of life is very important for the infant to listen to language,” says Paul.Which made the HEAR Center’s efforts to assist Paul at a tender 3 months of age crucial. “That’s when they’re learning their language. So it has to be done very soon. Even though I didn’t have ears and I didn’t have an ear canal, I can hear with hearing aids because I hear through the bone,” Paul explains.Paul continues, “it has to be done young because if you get hearing aids later on, your speech will never be the same because you’ve lost that first year of listening.”Paul had a first-hand glimpse on what these speech difficulties are like when she worked at the Lexington School for the deaf.The kids in the school are fluent in sign language, but the “Lexington School for the Deaf’s philosophy is to try to get these kids to speak,” says Paul.“So a lot of these kids wore hearing aids but their speech was quite delayed. I don’t think it fairly affected their comprehension it’s just the ability to speak,” Paul adds.Looking back, Paul believes that without the HEAR Center’s help, “I wouldn’t have had hearing aids as an infant, so I would not have learned to hear and speak like every else would have and therefore I think I’d live a very isolated life.”With the help of HEAR Center though, Paul has been able to live a normal life, learning not just one, but two languages. Having an American dad and a Mexican mother helped with her bi-lingual development.“My dad never spoke to me in Spanish, so there was English in my life from the very beginning. My mother always spoke to me in Spanish and I was in Mexico where my aunt and cousins [live], there’s also Spanish. So I had both languages,” says Paul.Paul feels very blessed with how things turned out, “In a different situation they would have said, ‘Just do one language for this child because you’re lucky if she’s going to speak one language,’” she says. But as fate would have it, she has two.After a stay of three weeks, all the while monitoring her improvement, Paul was released to live a normal life as a HEAR angel.For more information about HEAR Center, visit www.hearcenter.org. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Vistakon announces 100 new jobs

first_imgEmail LIMERICK is to get an further employment boost as contact lens manufacturer Vistakon Ireland is creating 100 new highly skilled jobs at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, as it invests €100m in the expansion of its manufacturing operations. The announcement came this Monday as the investment, supported by IDA Ireland, will also lead to 200 temporary construction jobs over the next 18 months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Vistakon Ireland has been a major provider of employment and an important exporter since 1996,” noted Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said Vistakon Ireland had been a highly respected employer in the Mid West Region for over 15 years.  “It has an extensive network of local and national suppliers for goods and services, all of which contribute significantly to the Irish economy.”Established in Limerick in 1996, Vistakon Ireland designs, manufactures and markets the Acuvue range of soft disposable contact lenses, the world’s number one brand. It is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing a total of 1,900 people. Advertisement Print Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsVistakon announces 100 new jobsBy admin – January 14, 2013 654 Linkedin Previous article€10.5 million tourism investments boost to cityNext articleGroup sends clear message about Limerick sex trade adminlast_img read more

Amazon is taking mobile esports to Las Vegas

first_imgAmazon is taking mobile esports to Las Vegas with the Mobile Masters Las Vegas in October.The MMLV will take place on October 14-15 at the Millennial Esports Arena at Neonopolis, the first dedicated esports facility in the city. This isn’t Amazon’s first mobile esports competition, back in June this year they held the inaugural Mobile Masters New York. MMLV will be a mixture of games and there’ll be a prize pool of $80,000 (£58,962).Amazon is aiming to make competitive gaming more easily accessible for a growing number of mobile players and viewers. The titles on offer include Vainglory, Critical Ops, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and World of Tanks Blitz. Teams taking part include the likes of TSM, Fnatic, SK Gaming, and Echo Fox amongst others. Whilst the choices of World of Tanks Blitz, Critical Ops and Vainglory are to be expected in a mobile esports tournament, the choice of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is something of a curveball.  The first day, Saturday October 14, will see World of Tanks Blitz and Critical Ops action, whilst day two will feature Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and Vainglory. The tournament is being presented in partnership with both eSports Productions and ESL. MMLV will bring back pro poker star and presenter Maria Ho as the host of the tournament. There’ll also be ‘popular personalities’ from each game community shoutcasting the individual game tournaments.For those local to Vegas, attendance is completely free of charge, and for those looking to watch online they can do so at Amazon’s App Store Twitch channel.Esports Insider says: Millennial Esports’ downtown Vegas venue should be an ideal setting for the Vegas edition of Amazon’s Mobile Masters. We are somewhat confused by the selection of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars amongst the other mobile esports titles, but with ESL involved, some big teams and $80,000 in prize money up for grabs it’s a good event for the general mobile esports space.last_img read more