Ear Community brings people with atresia/microtia and hearing loss together


Ear Community is a charitable organization that supports people with Microtia, Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia (HFM), Treacher Collins, Goldenhar Syndrome or a hearing loss. It’s founded by Melissa Tumblin, a mother whose daughter was born with Microtia and Atresia.

Cochlear Americas has been a sponsor for years – and in 2014 alone was able to help children like Milago, Eliana, Dustin and Randy hear with a Baha System.

Soon it’s time for the Ear Community’s popular Summer picnics to kick off again. It’s a great opportunity for Microtia and Atresia families to come together and share experiences. Medical professionals such as surgeons, anaplastologists, ENTs, audiologists, and therapists along with the world’s leading hearing device companies are on site to help educate people on options on surgery and hearing loss.


Natasha and Becky with Cochlear Americas educating families on the Baha 4 Attract System in 2014

This year’s picnics will take place in Australia, Denmark, Pennsylvania (USA), Colorado (USA), Washington (USA), and South Africa:

Melbourne, Australia | Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
RSVP to Lisa at: AustralianEarCommunityPicnic@hotmail.com

Hellerup, Denmark | Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
RSVP to Melissa at: DenmarkEarCommunityPicnic@gmail.com

Pittsburgh, PA | Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
RSVP to Kim at: PittsburghEarCommunityPicnic@gmail.com

Broomfield, Colorado | Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
RSVP to Melissa at: ColoradoMicrotia@hotmail.com

Seattle, Washington | Saturday, August 8, 2015
Time: 10AM to 2PM
RSVP to Jodi or Jaime at: SeattleEarCommunityPicnic@gmail.com

Johannesburg, South Africa | October (TBD), 2015
Time: 11AM to 3PM
RSVP to Mark and Melissa at: SouthAfricaEarCommunityPicnic@gmail.com

Cochlear is a proud partner of Ear Community and looks forward to another fun-filled year ahead! Visit earcommunity.com to learn more about how you can help – or be helped!