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Please join us for our next general meeting:

Wednesday March 13th, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center

50 East North St. Buffalo 14203

Topic: Parent Panel of young children whom utilize cochlear implants as well as other assistive listening devices at home and within the school setting.

Opportunity to hear personal experiences as well as ask/answer questions.

The meeting will be held in the lower level conference room. Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the building. Sign language interpretation will be provided.

Pizza, pop, and water will be provided. Please consider bringing a dessert to share, if you are able to do so.  Social time will follow. Friends and family are always welcome.

If you are interested in child care during the meeting, call Tracy Schaeffer at 885-8871 x2203 or email her at tschaeffer@askbhs.org


Buffalo Implant Group Scholarship

The B.I.G. Scholarship Committee is encouraging graduating seniors that use a hearing implant (cochlear implant, BAHA) and that will be continuing their studies in either a college or vocational setting to apply for our second annual B.I.G. Scholarship award of $500.00. The application and information about additional qualification and requirements can be found in our next newsletter due out in February or by clicking here or on the Scholarship tab above.   Please apply by March 31, 2019.  One winner will be notified by mail on or about April 15, 2019. 

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Sue Wantuck

My name is Sue Wantuck and I am the current President of the Buffalo Implant Group (B.I.G).  I am a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo NY.  I was born with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.  I went to a mainstream school in their program for deaf students.  I wore and relied on a hearing aid all my life.  I learned sign language when I started college.  My husband is deaf, so are my two sons Danny and David. I lost my residual hearing suddenly in 2010.   This caused me to feel an overwhelming amount of emotions.  I consulted with my audiologist who informed me that I was a candidate for a cochlear implant. Many hours were spent researching, thinking, and discussing my options.  After a few weeks I decided to move forward and have surgery.  I received the Cochlear America NU5 processor.  Three years passed being a unilateral CI user and during that time I wondered what it would be like to have two instead of one.  I decided to pursue a second, Cochlear America NU6  in 2013.  I have been a bilateral CI user for almost two years now. It has been a challenging and rewarding journey. It was the best decision I ever made. I continue to practice and improve my auditory and communication skills every day.

B.I.G. was originally founded by Craig Carpenter back in 1985 and continues to be the only local support group for people with cochlear implants in WNY.  This year will be the 30th anniversary!! B.I.G. is a wonderful organization made up of Cochlear Implant (CI), Bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) , and hearing aid (HA) users.  Also friends, family members and area professionals are active participants. I reached out to the group when I was in need of help, support and education. I appreciated all the advice, personal stories and experiences that the members provided me. I wanted to become President to return the support for current and future CI recipients and to share my thoughts and experiences. I have recently provided mentoring for people considering getting a cochlear implant both before and after activation.

If you are a current CI recipient, thinking about getting a CI, friend, family member of someone with a CI, or area professional who works with Late-Deafened/Deaf/Hard of Hearing children/adults, please consider becoming a member. We welcome anyone to come and attend our meetings.  If you are interested in becoming a member the cost is $20.00 per year which covers 4 issues of our newsletter and also the summer picnic. 

Please visit/browse our website, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  Feel free to contact us with any questions/concerns through our email address bufimpgrp@yahoo.com.  If you would like to reach me directly my personal email address is suewantuck@gmail.com .

Happy Hearing!!!

Sue Wantuck