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Firefighter overcomes hearing loss with bionics

RIVERDALE — Just call her the bionic firefighter.

A hearing-impaired Clayton County firefighter will share her experiences with 70 children coping with similar difficulties today.

Capt. Walter Barber said firefighter Kelli Duncan will have lunch at 11 a.m. with hearing-impaired children and their families at Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Station No. 4 on East Fayetteville Road in Riverdale.

Diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss at 3, Duncan overcame that obstacle to carve out a successful career as a firefighter with the help of cochlear implants.

In addition to meeting Duncan and learning about advances in bionics and their contribution to improved hearing, the children will tour the trucks, equipment and where the firefighters live and work while on duty, said Barber.

Representatives from AB Audiologists and Bionic Ear Association volunteer mentors will be available to answer questions.

Space is limited by reservation through Edie Gibson, a cochlear implant consumer specialist, at 877-817-7828 or by email at edith.gibson@advancedbionics.com.