Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from a loss of hearing, a problem that seriously affects their day-to-day activities as well as their financial well being.
Lakewood United heard about the problem and an effort underway to cure the problem during the group’s Thursday morning meeting, July 13.
Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration, an effort organized by members of the Rotary Club of Clover Park in Lakewood, are working with scientists at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington to discover ways to regenerate inner ear hair cells and thus restore hearing.
Gene Pankey, a Steilacoom resident and retired auto dealer who has severe hearing loss, came up with the idea for getting Rotary clubs involved with the UW in raising the funds necessary for the hair cell regeneration efforts to continue. This is a long term effort requiring millions of dollars.
Dr. David Cotant, also a Clover Park Rotarian and Dave Sclair, a member of the Lakewood Rotary Club, assisted Pankey in presenting the program.
The trio has presented the hearing regeneration program to more than 40 clubs in the state as well as Lakewood’s First Lions and others. They welcome the opportunity to speak to other groups and show their 11 minute film that explains the problem and offers possible solutions