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With the 2016 Boston Marathon marking the third year after the bombings that killed three and injured hundreds, Marathon Bombing survivors are still suffering from the consequences of that fateful day.

One area that is being newly addressed is the traumatic hearing loss that some survivors suffered as a result of the Marathon Bombings. To combat this, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) to provide resources to those survivors in need. MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed has just appointed the highly qualified Stacey Walsh as Project Director for the new initiative. Walsh is not new to working with the Marathon Bombing survivors; she in fact recently worked as Navigator within the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, helping to provide outreach, resource referrals, advocacy, and support to over five hundred survivors. In her new role, she will help to improve and oversee the services that are available to those survivors that lost their hearing as a direct result of the Marathon Bombings.

Walsh will work in combination with MCDHH’s own Hearing Loss Peer Specialist, Shannon Silvestri, and together they will lead the charge in the provision of a spectrum of assistive hearing services, counseling, technology expertise, peer to peer support, aural rehabilitation and long term guidance for Boston Marathon Bombing survivors who are living with acute, untreated, hearing loss

“This collaboration is important  because MCDHH is committed to ensuring that Marathon Bombing survivors who are living with hearing loss have the access to the full benefit of tremendous knowledge, expert strategies for coping, and innovative communication technology available today,” said Commissioner Heidi Reed.

These services will prove to be an important part in the full recovery of the Marathon Bombing Survivors. You can read more about this new initiative here, in a recent Boston Globe article.

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