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Summit to Host First Public Screening of '95 Decibels'

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SUMMIT, NJ - The film "95 Decibels," which explores the emotional obstacles parents face when they get an unexpected diagnosis of hearing loss for their child, will be screened for the first time publicly Sept. 27 beginning at 8 p.m. at The Film Society of Summit at MONDO.

In the film, parents Erica and Dylan, who have normal hearing, struggle over what path to take for their deaf daughter, Sophia. "95 Decibels" features actor Goran Visnijc in his first role as a doctor since playing Dr. Luka Kovacs on NBC’s ER. The film also features actors Megan Corry, Tyler Hollinger, Edward Furs, Krista Amigone and Michelle Vergara, and talented child actors including Zack Hernandez and Emma Catucci as Sophia. "95 Decibels" is based on a true story, and was filmed in Summit and New York.

The team behind "95 Decibels" hopes the film educates the public on the importance of early hearing loss detection, and to improve the acceptance of and access to the technology of cochlear implants, according to Lisa Reznik, the film’s writer and director.  Nancy Schumann, AVT, will lead discussion with the cast and audience on issues raised by the film following the screening.  Reznik and her daughter Miranda, whose stories influence the film, will also speak about their personal journeys.

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“We’re hoping the film can have a role in educating global audiences about the wonders of cochlear implant technologies and how early intervention has such a major role in a child’s mainstream education, like for my daughter Miranda,” the film’s producer, Dan Meyers said.  Requests for screenings have come from as far away as Australia, he said.

One of every 1,000 babies is born with significant hearing loss.  Today, the advanced technology of cochlear implants allows deaf children to hear and learn to speak.  As of December 2010, approximately 219,000 people worldwide have received cochlear implants.  In the U.S., roughly 42,600 adults and 28,400 children are recipients. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device designed to provide sound information and improved communication ability to adults and children who have a profound sensorineural hearing loss “nerve deafness” in both.  For individuals with a profound hearing loss, even the most powerful hearing aids provide little if any benefit.

The next public screening of "95 Decibels" will take place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24 at the first annual meeting of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. "95 Decibels" will also be screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in October, the exact date yet to be announced. The website for the film is www.95Decibels.com.  The Film Society of Summit at MONDO Summit is located at 426 Springfield Ave., third floor. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and seating is limited.  For advance reservations visit www.smarttix.com.

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